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WORKERS STRIKE BACK
      A N EWSLETTER BY AND FOR W ORKERS
U NITY AMONG ALL WORKERS,
S OLIDARITY ACROSS RACE, GENDER AND WORKPLACE,
RESPECT FOR WORKERS ’ WRITINGS AND TALENT
NO DIVIDE AND CONQUER!                                                                               W ORKERS ’
M       E S S A G E                           F R O M                     C     H U C K               P OETRY
Associate vice president of Uw union busting department
The Olympics may be over             must face the additional          verse effects we have         Morirse en Irán
in Vancouver but in Seattle          challenge of dodging mov‐         been encouraging adop‐                             Anónimo
the spirit lives on with our         ing obstacles: our custom‐        tion of more restrictive      Neda Agha – Zoltan
Facilities Services employ‐          ers. Every exercise better        leave guidelines and Eng‐     lloro por ti.
ees. Loosely interpreted,            prepares our staff to face        lish as a Second Language     He visto tu rostro en CNN
                                                                                                     y tu cuerpo inerte en el as-
the Olympic motto of                 the challenges of tough           courses to break the     
                                                                                                     falto.
“Citius, Altius, Fortius”            competition, a necessity          monotony of non‐stop          Te cruzaste en mi vida
translates to:                       for dedicated individuals         janitorial activities. And    sin conocer Irán
“ T e a m   C l e a n i n g . ”      displaced by layoffs.             just as in the Olympics,      y sin hablar farsi.
    Team cleaning relies on 3           Like any good relay            each team is guided by a      Solo se que te mataron
to 4 custodians each per‐            team, the success of team         coach, or manager. The        un día de junio del 2009.
forming specific janitorial          cleaning hinges on speed.         coach encourages the          Ahmadinejad ha dicho que
functions progressively              Being the fastest in any          team to perform at its        eres ficción.
throughout the inhuman               sport carries several risks.      best with shouts of           Solo se que es un vil dema-
                                                                                                     gogo.
number of square feet in             Increased injuries tops the       “Faster!” and “Swifter!” 
                                                                                                     Neda lloro por tu cuerpo san-
their area (up to 50 000 sq          list, rendering team mem‐         and “World class!”            grante
feet/shift). Each custodian          bers incapable of per‐                Outside of Facilities     y por tu muerte
must be in top form to mop           forming their tasks and           Services this kind of         en una calle en Teherán.
without water, carry un‐             threatening the whole             exhilaration can only be 
wieldy backpack vacuums,             group's ability to perform.       handled once every four       To die in Iran
and handle filthy waterless          Fatigue from repetitive           years. Within Facilities                   Anonymous
urinal cartridges. And now,          engagement in the same            Services it is experienced    Neda Agha – Zoltan …
with more buildings transi‐          activity closely follows as       every day. That is our        I cry for you.
tioned from swing‐ to day‐           an occupational hazard.           way.                          I watched on CNN
                                                                                                     your face
shift schedules, custodians          To help offset these ad‐
                                                                                                     and your inert body on the
                                                                                                     asphalt.
W H AT ’ S P RO J E C T C R E W ?                                      Custodians deal               You came to my life
                                                                       with toxic chemi‐             without knowing Iran
Projects Crew is comprised          exposed to nauseous, toxic                                       and not speaking Farsi.
                                                                       cals, yet are not pro‐        But I know
of approximately 20 custo‐          chemicals. For those who 
dians drafted, mostly kick‐         want an industrial respira‐
                                                                       vided with safety             that you were killed
ing and screaming, by  Cus‐         tor, Custodial Services  re‐       equipment upon re‐            on a day of June 2009.
                                                                       quest.  We are the            Ahmadinejad declared that
todial Services last year.          quires a $25 office call to 
                                                                       only campus work‐             you are fiction.
They have physically de‐            get a doctor's note, plus the                                    But I know
manding tasks of daily              doctor having to fill out a        ers who have to  pay          that he is a vile demagogue.
stripping and waxing floors,        detailed form for "special         at least $25 and wait         Neda I cry for your bloody
plus using a high‐speed             accommodations." That is           for long periods of           body
vacuum jet cleaner to clean         in contrast to the rest of         time. OUR HEALTH                           and for your death
bathrooms. Workers are              the University Community                                         on a street of Teheran.
                                                                       IS NOT FOR SALE!     
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                                                           CELEBRATE LABOR WARRIORS
                                                           Cesar Chavez (1927—1993)  
                                                                In American History there were people that sacrificed themselves 
                                                           for the well being of their fellow Americans. They fought injustice 
                                                           and were not silent because they denounced the abuse and mis‐
                                                           treated of their fellow human beings.  Cesar Chavez belonged to this 
                                                           kind of Americans who have written the history of the United States 
                                                           of America with their actions. Social justice and decency became Ce‐
                                                           sar Chavez’ goals for the Farm workers in the United States. Cesar 
                                                           Chavez with Dolores Huerta founded in 1962 the National Farm 
DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENING?                              Workers Association (NFWA) that later became known as the United 
 The UW is trying to lay off 250-600 Graduate             Farm Workers (UFW).  
 Student Workers (TA/RA)                                         This year, during the Martin Luther King Service Day at the Uni‐
 Their healthcare is also being cut: they have to pay     versity of Washington, Cesar Chavez’ name was mentioned by a 
  more premiums
 Graduate student workers authorized their union to       speaker. I became curious to know how many people from the audi‐
  go on strike if negotiations fail                        ence that knew about Cesar Chavez’ fight. Did they know that 
For Custodians and other state workers                     Chavez’ lead the Farm Workers struggle from the late 50’s until his 
 The state legislature wants to take $220 million         death in 1993?  Yes. Chavez that was born in Yuma, Arizona, chal‐
  from your healthcare fund                                lenged the most powerful California’s ranchers. In 1966 Cesar Chavez 
 Your out-of-pocket maximum might rise from
  $2000 to $7500                                           led the grape boycott that lasted 5 years and received the support of 
 You might have to pay 3 times more in healthcare
  premium                                                     C o n t ’ d f r o m P r o j e c t C r e w American politicians such as 
 You might be faced with a 11-day furlough                                                             Robert Kennedy. Cesar 
 There will continue to be extra work and speed up           where an industrial respirator is         Chavez passed away in 1993. 
  for all workers                                             available upon demand. Eligible           His slogan was powerful: It 
H O W         T O       F I G H T        B A C K ?            candidates are screened by Super‐ can be done –  
                                                              visors and eventually sent to Hall 
There will be a campus strike on May 3rd.
                                                              Health (on the University's dime), 
                                                                                                        S i   s e   p u e d e .    
The WFSE 1488 contract protects our right NOT to              where a nurse assists workers,            His legacy is that we can emu‐
cross another union’s picket line if it feels unsafe to
cross.                                                        training and fitting them for a res‐ late his effort successfully.  
Also, crossing a picket line is far different from join-      piratory mask under the Univer‐           Do  you  accept  the 
ing a picket line. A picket line may feel unsafe to           sity's Health and Safety Division.  
cross, while being perfectly safe to join.                                                               c h a l l e n g e ?  

								
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