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No to the WTO, Yes to the Right to Organize

Huge Mobilization Against the World Trade Organization (WTO) and for the right to organize!

Saturday, December 1st, Noon. Meet at SW 1st and Salmon (World Trade Center).
Labor, Environmental and Community Coalition Protest March Against the WTO and for to the Right to Organize Unions

Saturday, December 10, 2005 at 12:00 Noon.

Gather at The World Trade Center (SW Salmon & First). End at the Federal Building.


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Teach-In on the Global Economy

10-4 PM at the Koinonia House (across from Portland State University, 633 SW Montgomery Street, Portland)
Schedule to be announced soon!


Background:

The Oregon AFL-CIO, local unions in the Change to Win federation, local affiliates of the AFL-CIO, the Sierra Club, Jobs with Justice, the Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)/Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC), Cascadia Rising, Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NWRAGE), Oregon Fair Trade Coalition and other unions, environmental and community groups are organizing for a major march and rally against the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in support of the right to organize unions. This mobilization and march commemorates International Human Rights Day, and will protest the erosion of workers' right to form unions. Every 23 minutes, a U.S. worker is fired or discriminated against for union activity-a right enshrined in the International Declaration of Human Rights.

The event also coincides with The World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting in Hong Kong on December 13th -18th where the WTO will attempt to implement anti-labor, anti-environmental and anti-democratic policies. Widespread global opposition to these policies has derailed past WTO meetings in Seattle, WA 1999 and Cancun, Mexico in 2003. The people of Portland and Vancouver will be marching in solidarity with the thousands who will be protesting in Hong Kong and around the world.

According to Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain, "Without the right to organize, there cannot be fair trade, and without fair trade, there cannot be a real right to organize in the U.S. or in any other country."

The march will pass by significant landmarks for local labor and environmental campaigns in order to highlight the local impact of anti-union and free trade policies. These landmarks include a building owned by Melvin Mark, a local building owner who contracts with non-union janitorial companies. Presently local janitors are asking him to contract with responsible janitorial companies. The march will also pass by the Federal Building, to draw attention to the fact that federal workers are being denied the right to unionize and to demonstrate against the free trade double standard that allows corporations to move across borders, yet penalizes human migration. Passing by the Forestry Building, marchers will speak out against the corporate giveaway of our national forests.

A key goal of the march is to urge our congressional delegation to support the Employee Free Choice Act and to oppose the WTO and other upcoming free trade deals like the Andean Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) and Fast Track. We will also scrutinize the Oregon congressional delegation's pro-free trade voting records. As we recently saw at the Summit of the Americas in Mar de Plata Argentina, governments and people throughout the world are demanding an end to the so-called "free trade" agenda and are calling for a just global economy.

Speakers will include Stuart Acuff, national AFL-CIO Director of Organizing. On Thursday December 1 at 7 PM, the coalition will be screening the film "This Is What Free Trade Looks Like: The NAFTA Fraud In Mexico, The Failure Of The WTO, And The Case For Global Revolt," at the Clinton Street Theater, (2522 SE Clinton St., Portland). The Saturday following the march, December 17th, hundreds of Portland and Vancouver community members will gather from 10-4 PM at the Koinonia House (across from Portland State University, 633 SW Montgomery Street, Portland) for a teach-in on the WTO and the global economy.

December 10th Protest Endorsers

American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) Local 2157

Alliance for Democracy

American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 75

AFSCME Local 328

AFSCME Local 88

AFSCME Local 189

American Federation of Teachers (AFT), Oregon

AFT/Coalition of Graduate Employees

AFT, Local 2227

AFT/Portland Federation of Teachers and Classified Employees

American Friends Service Committee (AFSC)

Brother to Brother

Cascadia Rising

CAUSA

End Corporate Personhood Action Group

First Unitarian Church, Economic Justice Action Group

Inland Boatmens' Union (IBU)

International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) Local 8

Industrial Workers of the World, Portland

Jobs with Justice

KBOO, 90.7

Laborers Local 296

Laborers Local 483

National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82

NW Progressive Community

Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering (NWRAGE)

Oregon AFL-CIO

Oregon Fair Trade Coalition

Pacific Green Party

The Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)/ Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC)

Portland Peaceful Response Coalition (PPRC)

Rural Organizing Project (ROP)

The Sierra Club

Solidarity

Teamsters Local 206

Tulatin Valley Firefighters

United Brotherhood of Carpenters local 247

VOZ: Worker Education Project

(Partial List)



Media contacts:

Tom Chamberlain, President Oregon AFL-CIO
503-222-3114

Erica Maharg, Sierra Club (also contact for teach-in info)
503.243.6656, x301,  erica.maharg@sierraclub.org

Laurie King, Portland Jobs with Justice
503.236.5573,  laurie@jwjpdx.org

Dan Denvir, Portland Central America Solidarity Committee (PCASC)/
Cross Border Labor Organizing Coalition (CBLOC)
503.236.7916, 971.227.3527,  info@pcasc.net

homepage: homepage: http://www.pcasc.net
phone: phone: 503 236-7916
address: address: PCASC lives at 616 E. Burnside, PDX


many people's sentiment 07.Dec.2005 10:50

dean-o

I feel the same way...