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Stand Up for Workers' Rights December 10!

December 10 is International Human Rights Day. Events will be held worldwide. In every American area, unionists are planning actions on behalf of our right to organize, which is seriously imperiled by the government today. For all info, check the national afl-cio page.

Unions are supporting the historic Employee Free Choice Act. Introduced into Congress in April 2005, the act (S. 842 and H.R. 1696) would require employers to recognize a union after a majority of workers signs cards authorizing union representation. It also would provide for mediation and arbitration of first-contract disputes and authorize stronger penalties for violation of the law when workers seek to form a union.

Here are some Texas events:

12/10/2005, 08:00 AM - 06:00 PM Sponsor: Metropolitan Airport Workers Association Location: Austin-Bergstrom International Airport Description: To inform Airport Workers and TSA Screeners that MAWA and the United Steelworkers stand behind and with the Federal Screeners of our nations airports. Our goal is to inform the Airport Workers throughout our nation that there is representation and advocacy for the Federal Screeners and Airport Workers of America. Contact: Michael E. Tierney (512) 249-6784

Rally/March 12/10/2005, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sponsor: Harris County AFL-CIO Council/Transportation Workers Union Location: Mickey Leland Federal Bldg, 1919 Smith St. 77002 Description: The Transportation Workers Union, Local 582 representing Continental Airlines' Fleet Service Workers and the Bus Drivers of Cy-Fair and Humble School Districts need support in their efforts to form a Union. Unions and community are urged to attend the rally in support of these workers and of all workers' rights to form unions and bargain collectively Contact: Richard C. Shaw/John Bland - TWU

San Antonio
Rally/March 12/10/2005, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM Sponsor: San Antonio CLC, BTC, IBEW Location: Hemisfair Park, Downtown San Antonio, (South Alamo and E. Nueva) Description: Union members, community activists, religious leaders and elected officials will gather to hear workers' accounts of employer interference in organizing campaigns. Dec 10,2005 will be proclaimed "International Human Rights-Workers Rights are Human Rights Day" in San Antonio Texas. All elected officials and candidates for office in attendance will be asked to sign a pledge to support our efforts to win legislative change and ultimately see the passage of the EFCA. Scheduled to speak are U.S. Rep Charlie Gonzlaez, Former Cognressman Ciro Rodriguez, David Van Os, candidate TX State Attorney General, TX AFL-CIO Sec-Tres Becky Moeller, City Councilwoman/Mayor Pro Tem Elena Guajardo, Religious leaders and community activists. The event will culminate with Labor's public proclamation of our resolution to win the campaign to restore workers freedom to form a union. Contact: Alicia Garza/ Bob Salvatore/Craig Parkman 210 226 8447

Dallas Wal Mart, I-30 at St Francis Exit, 11 AM in East Dallas Saturday, Dec 10

Texas City Rally 12/10 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M, College of the Mainland, inviting everyone concerned with the well being of their brothers and sisters. Contact: (409) 457-9983

Wichita Falls rally at UAW hall 2 PM on Friday, Dec 9

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