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(Fwd) Fwd: SFB: Ottawa UNITE rally

<color><param>7F00,0000,0000</param>>Date: Wed, 2 Sep 1998 18:31:37 -0400 (EDT)

>From: Andy Lehrer <<3arb@qlink.queensu.ca>

>To: sfb-l@tao.ca

>Subject: SFB: Ottawa UNITE rally


>Reply-To: sfb-l@tao.ca



>A rally/picket in solidarity with the striking workers of UNITE 1764 in

>Trenton is being organised for Saturday, September 12th in Ottawa.


>If you're interested in going please send an email to

>woodharry@hotmail.com in order to confirm. You will then be contacted

>with the precise location and time when arrangements are final.


>Please also check www.angelfire.com/on/unite1764/events.html



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<FontFamily><param>Times New Roman</param><smaller>Date sent:      	<color><param>0000,0000,8000</param>Mon, 24 Aug 1998 13:10:48 -0400 (EDT)

</color>Subject:        	<color><param>0000,0000,8000</param>Support UNITE 1764: Boycott called on JB Fields products

</color>Send reply to:  	<color><param>0000,0000,8000</param>san@tao.ca

</color>38 women belonging to UNITE local 1764 (Union of Needletrades, Indsutrial

and Textile Employees) have been on strike against 

sock manufacturer JB Fields in Trenton, Ontario since March 23rd.

The strikers are fighting

JB Fields' attempt to reduce their wages from an average of $12/hr

to between $7.07 and $10.45/hr. The 12 men working at the plant,

classified as senior employees, have had their wages cut from $13.45 to

$13 and have been crossing the picket line.

Almost two weeks ago, the local again rejected this contract offer by

the company, despite company threats to attempt to decertify the union.

The local is now in a fight for survival, especially since the six month point in strike 

will be reached on Sept 23, after which strikers lose their right to automatically resume 

jobs when the strike ends.

Friends of UNITE 1764 -- a group of community and labour supporters of the

women -- are putting out a call to boycott stores which carry JB Fields


They are asking activists in each region to co-ordinate efforts by 

targeting three stores: Eatons, Mountain Equipment Co-op, and a third store

to be chosen as a "wild card" depending on local circumstances.

<color><param>0000,8000,0000</param>Those wishing to organize a local picket are asked to contact the orgainzers.  


Other targets for boycott are: Sears, Club Monaco, Wal-Mart and Canadian Tire.

A template for letters to these companies, and information for leaflets

will be made available as soon as possible at the Friends of Unite web site.

Friends of UNITE 1764



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