Oregon Convention Center...SW corner of MLK and Holladay
18:20 until 19:20
On Wednesday 1/23/13 a charity event will be held at the Portland Auto show. Although this is a "cocktail attire" event, the attendees are not our target, General Motors is. We will do some fun street theater and hand out leaflets so that the word will get back to GM that their mistreatment of workers whether in the U.S. or in other countries will not be tolerated by our community.
Jorge Parra started working as a welder at General Motors' Colmotores plant in Colombia in 2001. For nine years, he worked 10 to 12 hour shifts, 6 days a week, lifting auto parts and machinery that can each weigh hundreds of pounds. He complained about pains, but doctors in the factory clinic kept sending him back to work.
Then one day in 2010, at the end of a shift, he couldn't move.
Just as he was recovering, GM fired him. He discovered that more than 200 workers had also been injured and fired. Many of these workers banded together and started demanding compensation, but to this day GM has refused to negotiate with them in good faith.
The North American International Auto Show, a massive auto industry trade show is now taking place in Detroit and Portland. The event attracts media attention from all over the globe. Let's show GM that its customers and potential customers expect it to treat its workers fairly.