[mgj-discuss] Fwd: UNION CITY! 07/29/02 Justice For Dawn Update!
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Tue Jul 30 14:08:04 EDT 2002
News from the Metro Washington Council, AFL-CIO
"Bringing Together Labor Since 1896"
July 29, 2002
- ON THE LINE: LOCAL LABOR CALENDAR
- Leaders Released; Demand for Justice for Dawn Continues
- Labor Party Takes Over Chamber in Fast Track Protest
Leaders Released; Demand for Justice for Dawn Continues
Hundreds of activists responded with outrage to this
morning's jailing of Metro Council President Jos Williams,
Hotel Workers Local 25 Secretary-Treasurer John Boardman,
and Religion-Labor Coordinator Margaret Keig, flooding
Trade Center Management Associates (TCMA) with faxes
demanding reinstatement of fired worker Dawn Caby.
Williams, Boardman and Keig were arrested when they
tried to present a petition to TCMA management signed
by 50 TCMA workers who demanded the reinstatement of
fellow-worker Dawn Caby, who was fired ten days ago
when she began speaking out for justice at work.
The "TCMA 3" were released at 2P this afternoon,
thanked the nearly 300 supporters who faxed in letters
and immediately renewed their call for Dawn's reinstatement.
"We may have been shut away but they cannot shut us
up," said Council President Jos Williams. "TCMA cannot
silence Dawn and her co-workers any more than they
Upon his release, HERE 25 leader John Boardman said,
"We will continue to speak out until Dawn is unconditionally
reinstated and the organizing committee is free from
TCMA intimidation." Added fired worker Dawn Caby, "We
are not afraid of TCMA and will fight for what we believe
If you haven't yet, please take a moment now to add
your voice to the Justice for Dawn campaign by faxing
in your letter at http://www.unionvoice.org/ct/0parqs11zdqt/JusticeForDawn
For photos of the arrest of the "TCMA 3" and updates
on the struggle at the Ronald Reagan Building, go to
Local 25's website at www.herelocal25.com
Labor Party Delegates Take Over Chamber in Fast Track
More than three hundred chanting activists took over
the Chamber of Commerce entrance late Friday afternoon
in an impromptu demonstration against Fast Track. The
delegates from the ongoing Labor Party Convention marched
over to highlight the role of Big Business in helping
President Bush railroad the trade legislation through
the House of Representatives even as new evidence of
corporate wrongdoing continued to surface. Fast Track
passed by just three votes in a middle-of-the-night
vote; "Every member of the House who voted to put jobs
on a Fast Track to nations where corporations routinely
exploit workers' rights, child labor and the environment
should be deeply ashamed, and working people will hold
them accountable for their decision in November," vowed
AFL-CIO President John Sweeney.
Published by the Metropolitan Washington Council, an
AFL-CIO "Union City" Central Labor Council whose 200
affiliated union locals represent 150,000 area union
members. JOSLYN N. WILLIAMS, PRESIDENT.
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