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									                    Whar's on our mind?
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                Labor Notes 7435 MichiganAve.
                       Demit, Michigan 48210
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                                                                                                                    treat workers. Contact Pres:dont Nancy
        a ainst u n i o n s in general. T h e                        Remember Woolworth?
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        w o l e point of u n l o n s i s that only
        collectlvel c a n we have any say
                                                                         Remember Woolworth? Even if you
                                                                     haven't seen so many of its five-and-dime
                                                                                                                    Dye-phono 440 775-8400; e-mail
                                                                                                                    Nancy ,Dye@qmgate.cc.oberl:n.edu.

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        e i t h e r in t e e l e c t o r a l a r e n a or on
                                                                     stores recently, the company still exists.
                                                                                                                    Support Guatemala
I       t h e iob.
              Obviously, this collective p o w e r
                                                                     And, according to the Labour Behind the
                                                                     Label Coalition, it's profiting from the
                                                                     work of wbmen sewing for piece rates at
                                                                     sweatshops in Toronto. The Coalition
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                                                                                                                    Soeakina Tour
                                                                                                                        California Trade Unionists in Support
        is o n l v oossible w h e n a l l i n d v i d u a l                                                         of Guatemala is working to bring a Guate-
                                                                     says women are sewing for as little as
1       m e m b & s have a democratic voice
        in running t h e union, a n d I                agree
                                                                     $4.50 an hour in contract factories and
                                                                     as little as $2.50 an hour at home.
                                                                                                                    malan trade unionist t o California for a
                                                                                                                    speaking tour in May. The group wants to'
                                                                                                                    publicize the conditions that still exist for
I       that t h e r e s h o u l d b e a great d e a l                   They'remaking garments for the             unionists in that country, even as Central
                                                                     Woolrich Northern Group, which consists
'       more discussion of our olitical
        activity. But that i s not e same as8                        of Northern Traditions, Northern
                                                                     Reflections, a'nd Northern Getaway. They
                                                                                                                    American governments work towards a
                                                                                                                    2002 goal for joining in an expanded
/       allowing any individual who dip
        agrees, after a full and f r e e debate,
                                                                     get no vacation pay or holidays. and
                                                                     sometimes work 12 hours a day wlthout
                                                                                                                    American Free Trade Agreement:
                                                                                                                       Although some American pol~tlcians
1                                                                                                                   are applauding what they call human
        to opt out. We can't allow that any                          overtime pay.                                  rights progress in Guatemaia, some work-
I       more than, after a s t r i k e vote, w e
                                                                         Faced with bad publicity, one Wool-    .   ers there are still beingmurdered for
                                                                     worth contractor, Unit6 Fashions, agreed       organizing. The Archbishop's Office of
        c a n s m i l e a n d wave "hi brother" a t                  to improve its practices. But Woolworth        Human Rights reported 100 murders in
I       m e m b e r s who cross t h e i c k e t line.                immediately dropped the contractor.
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        A m e r i c a n tradition that anyone can
                                                                         The Coalition is asking supporters to
                                                                     write Woolworth to urge the company to
                                                                                                                    the first 1 0 months of last year. And eco-
                                                                                                                    nomic policies are killing people by
                                                                                                                    hunger. Coffee growers do not even pay
                                                                     clean up its "Northern Sweatshops." Urge       the standard $ 3 a day wage.
    !   i nore e v e n t h e m o s t d e m o c r a t i c                             to
                                                                     W o o l w ~ r t h work with contractors to         To help bring a Guatemalan unionist to
        f e c i s i o n if t doesn't s u i t good old
                             i                                       ensure compliance with the Ontario             California, send a contribution to:
        number 1           .                                         Employment Standards Act, rather than          California Trade Unionists in Support of
                                                                     simply cuning them off. The Coalition          Guatemala, 615% N. Bonnle Brae St.,
             The labor l e a d e r s h i p u n d e r -               says just cutting off a contractor hurts       Los Angeles, CA 90025.
        stands t h e n e e d for a s t r o n g union                 the workers most and discourages them              If you are in California, get your local
        political voice a n d that i s a virtue.                     from voicing complaints.                       union, church, or other organization to
        W e don't h e l p t h e cause of union                           Fax your letter to Woolworth CEO           host the speaker. For information, call
        d e m o c r a c y by a t t a c k i n g t h e ' l a b o r     Roger Farah at 2121553-2042, or write          Cindy Forster at 9091607-2807 or
                                                                     Larry Derocher, Vice President of Market-      Suyapa Portillo at. 2131413-1 525.
        skates" w h e n t h e y a r e right.                         ing, Woolworth Canada. 100 Mainshep
             I all t h i s as a Labor ParN
                 sav                                                  Rd., Weston, Ontario M9M 1L5.
        r n e m b a who t h i n k s t h e present                        For more information, contact: Labour      Partial Victory in
        o o l i t i c a l o o s i t i o n of t h e u n i o n s i s    Behind the Label Coalition, 606 Shaw St.,
                                                                     Toronto, Ontario M6G 3L6., Phone
                                                                                                                    Neptune Jade Case
        k o n g - h g a d e d . But-I want to c o n -                 4161532.8584, E-mail: perg@web.net.               A California judge has tossed out law-
        v i n c e my fellow u n i o n i s t s that t h e y                                                          suits against ILWU Local 10 Executive
                                                                                                                    Board member Jack Heyman and the
        a r e wrong-headed and t h a t we                            Oberlin College Workers                        Golden Gate Chapter of the Labor Party
        n e e d our o w n party. I               don't w a n t                                                      for picketing which prevented a ship from
         t h e "right" to take my m a r b l e s and                  Face 'Harassment                               unioadina scab cargo in Oakland last
        go h o m e j u s t because I               don't get             In early February, Oberlin College, a
                                                                     small liberal arts college in Ohio, laid off
        my way.                                                      13 part-time worlers at its athletic facnli.
        Ernie Haberkern                                              ty. Some were high school students from
                                                                     the surroundina cornmunitv. Others relied
        AFSCME Local 57                                                   -~     ~~




                                                                     on their incomk from oberiin to suppoit
        B e r k e l e y California                                   their families. None were given any
                                                                     advance notice, severance pay, or assis-
                                                                     tance in finding new jobs.
         A Nightmare                                                     The college justified The layoffs by
                                                                     claiming that the Athletlc Department is
              Individuale a r m a r k i n g [of m e m -               $25,000 over budget. It portrayed the
         bers' d u e s u s e d for poliucal purpo*                   layoffs as a way to create more jobs for
         es] w o u l d pose an administrative                        students, who are competing for jobs to
                                                                     pay for skyrocketing tuition.
         nightmare.                                                      A group of sfudents teamed up with
              A F S C M E L o c a l 444 j u s t s p e n t            the laid-off workers and launched a cam-
         $18,000 on a n a u d i t d e m a n d e d by                 paign to get them reinstated. They set up
         t h r e e e o p l e who w a n t e d to m a k e              nonstop informational pickets in front of
         sure   gat      n o q e of t h e i r agency s h o p
                                                                     the O Y .,~ and bombarded the administra-
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                                                                     tion with e-mail and hone calls. The
         papents w e r e being u s e d for activ-                     campaisn generated a lot of publicity and
         l h e s t h e y disagreed with. Iyou    f                    support for the workers, and the story
         have to a c c o u n t for w h e r e ever                     was picked up in local newspapers.
                                                                      Finally, the college agreed to take them
         individual penny from e a c h in4vid-                        back.
         ual goes, i t s t h e end of anything                            But the fight is not over. Having won
         r e s e m b l i n g administrative sanity, l e t             their jobs back, these workers now face
         alone democracy.                                             harassment by supervisors, who are
                                                                      denying them breaks and scheduling them
         Tom Condit                                                   for unusual shifts. Let Oberlin College
         Berkeley, C a l i f o r n i a                                know that this is an unacceptable way to

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