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December 10, 2008

2008.12.10: Today: Support Workers Fighting Back in Chicago and NYC

Filed under: Labor Solidarity — nyclaw01 @ 7:57 am

From:  Letwin, Michael
Sent: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:57 AM
To: 1199 Members; ALAA MEMBERS
Subject: Today: Support Workers Fighting Back in Chicago and NYC

12 Noon:

Support Chicago workers taking over their plant!


Jobs at a Living Wage are a Right!


Wednesday, Dec. 10, 12 Noon

Bank of America, 261 Broadway

(by subway – R or W train to City Hall; 1, 2, 3, A or C to Chambers Street; or 6 train to Brooklyn Bridge)


Over 250 heroic workers—overwhelmingly immigrants—at the Republic Windows & Doors factory in Chicago are fighting

Bail Out the People Movement

Organizing Meeting


Dec. 10

6:30 pm

Join us for:

* updates on solidarity actions to support the Republic Windows & Door Workers in Chicago

* reports on the ongoing struggle of teachers and students to stop tuition increases, layoffs, and cutbacks at CUNY and the struggle to stop fare hikes, layoffs, and service cuts at the MTA

* plans for the January 17 Fightback Conference on the 80th Anniversary of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

back! These members of Local 1110 of the United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America (UE) have taken over their plant until they get their jobs back.

Their workplace was suddenly shutdown when Bank of America withdrew a line of credit. No 60 days notice was given to these workers, as required by the WARN (Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification) Act. Their vacation pay was stolen, too.

George Bush gave $25 billion of our money to his pals at the Bank of America. This financial octopus already has over $1.7 trillion in assets. With all this dough, they go ahead a nd steal the jobs of these Chicago workers.

Another victim of Bank of America—the country’s biggest mortgage lender—is Lorene Parker of Detroit, who’s had heart and liver transplants. She fell behind on her payments because of large medical bills. Bank of America has scheduled a sheriff’s sale of Ms. Parker’s home on Dec. 11. Let’s tell Bank of America that they can’t steal workers’ jobs and homes.

The struggle of the Chicago workers fighting for their jobs and Lorene Parker fighting for her home is our struggle. Join the fight back against layoffs, foreclosures, racism, immigrant bashing, tuition and subway fare hikes!

Sponsored by: Bail Out the People Movement and the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights.  (212) 633-6646;  e-mail:;


3-6 p.m.

Support Striking Stella D’Oro Workers!

Come to the picket line on Wednesday December 10 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM


The 135 workers of Stella D”Oro biscuit company have been on strike since August 13. They are involved in a bitter fight for their jobs and union. The company wants to destroy their union and their spirit!

The workers are determined to win but they need our solidarity as the cold weather moves in and four months without a solid income begins to hurt everyone.

Most are Latino and the majority women. They are represented by Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union Local 50.

The company is trying to:

·       Slash wages by as much as 25%

·       Impose crushing premiums on health insurance

·       Eliminate holidays, vacation and sick pay

·       Eliminate extra pay for working Saturdays

No union busting in New York City!

Come to the picket line

Wednesday December 10th 

3:00 PM until 6:00 PM

Place: 237th Street and Broadway

Take the #1 train to 238th Street and Broadway

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