Monday, February 15, 2010

Standing Together: Striking Back for a Stronger Future

A Sudbury Event...
Standing Together: Striking Back for a Stronger Future

6:30pm Saturday, February 27th
Fraser Auditorium, Laurentian University

An evening of music and stories in support of Local 6500 of the United Steelworkers

* Musical performances by Stéphane Paquette, Billy John, Pascal and O.B., Ryan Levecque and the Women of Steel.

* Videos including "One Day Longer", a clip from "A Wives' Tale," and scenes from the present strike.

* Speakers including: Richard Bertrand (Vice-President of Local 6500 USW), Kari Ann Cusack (Family Support Group for the Strike), Carolyn Egan (President of the United Steelworkers Toronto Area Council), Gary Kinsman (editor of Mine Mill Fights Back), Linda Obonsawin (Wives Supporting the Strike, 1978-79), Richard Paquin (president of Mine Mill/CAW Local 598), a worker from Ravenswood, and Pete Wade (USW local 6500).

Initiated by the Centre for Research in Social Justice and Policy, Labour Studies, the Graduate Students' Association, the Laurentian Association of Mature and Part-Time Students (LAMPS), Association des étudiantes et étudiants francophones (AEF), and the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) in collaboration with Local 6500 of the USW.

For more information contact: Gary Kinsman at 675-1151 ext. 4221 or at


Anonymous said...

I understand US Steelworkers plan to do an agreement with the huge Spanish cooperative Mondragon to help thme develop workers cooperative initiatives in the US. Are you looking into this?

Scott said...

Hi Anonymous!

Yeah, I've heard a little bit about that. I'm not sure it's directly relevant to the strike against Vale Inco, which is what this event is about, but it has the potential to be a very promising development for the longer term political trajectory of the labour movement in North America. If you have any good resources you can suggest to learn more about it, I'd love to see them!