Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Week of Action for Sudbury’s Working Families

I've been overdoing the "Hey, look here!" posts lately, but here is another...a week of actions supporting workers on strike in Sudbury against Vale Inco, and supporting the families of those workers. If you are in the area, come to one, come to all!

Week of Action for Sudbury’s Working Families

Actions on the picketlines in support of the USW strike at Vale-Inco

Over the past several months we’ve chased Vale around the world to their home country of Brazil to the remote mines in New Caledonia; we participated in solidarity demonstrations in South Korea and Germany; and we confronted top management on the streets of Toronto and New York City.

Now, as winter starts to really set in, it’s time to turn the heat up in Sudbury.

Join strikers, family members, fellow steelworkers from around the province, retirees, and students for a week of action on the picketlines in Sudbury.

Thursday, December 10th—International Human Rights Day Candlelight Vigil on the Picketlines, sponsored by the Sudbury District Labour Council and the United Steelworkers

Event starts at 6:00 pm at the McClelland Arena in Copper Cliff and continuing at the Smelter Picketline.

Friday, December 11th—Out of the Classrooms and Onto the Picket Lines! Students and faculty from Laurentian University are coming out to hold ‘class’ at the picketline at Clarabelle Mill at 11:00 am. Sponsored by the Laurentian University Faculty Association (LUFA) and Laurentian Canadian Federation of Students (CFS).

Saturday, December 12th—Sunday, December 13th—Families Supporting the Strikers Fundraiser. Bake sale, penny tables, indoor yard sale, face painting, door prizes, jewelry, and private vendors. Admission is $2.00 and children under 10 get in free.

Saturday from 9am to 5pm and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. At the new Steel Hall at 66 Brady St.

Sunday, December 13th—Steelworker Solidarity with the Strike
Join a busload of USW members from the Toronto area for an action on the Clarabelle Mill picketline at noon.

Monday, December 14th—Lessons from the Past—Protecting What We’ve Won
Retired veterans of the 1978 strike and other struggles at Inco tell their stories of how we won the contractual benefits we have now. Starts at 1:00 at the Smelter Picketline.

Tuesday, December 15th—Fair Deal for Our Families—Join members of the Families Supporting the Strikers Committee as they march from Copper Cliff Park to Vale’s offices to deliver a message of support for the strikers. The event starts at 3:00 at Copper Cliff Park and the march steps off at 3:30.

For more information or to help out call the hall at 705-675-3381

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