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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 ,

        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
                                                                                                                    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.
             Suzanne has bought e w h o l e   8
        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:               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-
                                                                          -,     .         ~   ~

                                                                     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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