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Thursday, April 27, 2006

AFSCME to take time off for non-union protest

--posted by Tony Garcia on 4/27/2006

It is high time someone investigates the union status of this arm of the Socialist Worker's Party.

AFSCME sent out to their membership a call to particiapte in the pro-illegal immigration rallies to take place on the Socialist Worker's Party big day: May Day.
From: AFSCME 3800 [mailto:union@afscme3800.org]
Sent: Wednesday, April 26, 2006 7:14 PM
To: Recipient list suppressed:
Subject: Info Session Thursday about May 1 Immigrants Rights Activities

Local 3800 invites you to an information session on Thursday, April 27, from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. in Amundson Hall Room 162 (East Bank).

At the meeting we will have information about the immigrants rights and workers' rights activities taking place in Minneapolis on May 1st. We will also answer any questions you may have about those activities and about the rules for taking time off of work, if you so choose, to attend those activities.

On May 1st, thousands of immigrants and other workers in Minnesota will take the day off of work, miss school and/or not consume or shop, as part of the national call for "A Day Without Immigrants". This is part of the historic movement of millions of immigrant workers who are standing up for dignity and basic rights as workers.

The main activity in the Twin Cities will be a Rally for Immigrants Rights, taking place on May 1st from 3:00 - 8:00 pm in Powderhorn Park in South Minneapolis (3400 15th Ave. S., Minneapolis). The rally is in support of a path to legalization for immigrant workers, family reunification, workers' rights, equal opportunity in education (the DREAM Act), and civil liberties and human rights for all.

We encourage Local 3800 members to participate in this rally to stand with our brothers and sisters, fellow workers here in the Twin Cities and around the country, who are standing up for basic dignity and workers rights. If you can't get time off work, we hope you will consider attending the rally after work. Join your fellow union members at the rally -- look for the Local 3800 banner.

Please come to the information session if you have questions or would like more information, or if you are interested in being part of the ongoing movement for immigrant workers' rights.


Why May 1st?

May 1st is celebrated as International Workers' Day around the world. On May 1, 1886, workers around the U.S. went on strike for the eight-hour work day. The center of this powerful movement was Chicago, where workers fought and died for the eight-hour day. May Day is the most widely celebrated holiday in the world. In 2006, 120 years later, immigrant workers are again marching through the streets of most US cities on May 1st, in the spirit of international worker solidarity.
Get something straight...They are ILLEGAL aliens and have no regard for this country. If they did they would have become LEGAL aliens. Standing up for them is to stand against this country...plain and simple.

But more importantly is a union engaging in activities that have NOTHING to do with their membership or for that matter even ANY union business. I find it interesting that the DEMOCRAT Attorney General is not doing anything about this.


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