Saturday, November 11, 2006

[olympiaworkers] Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity

Dear OWLS members and other labor activists,

This is an update on our next OWLS meeting, and announcement of a
victory for our immigrant rights campaign.

The next meeting of OWLS (Organized Workers for Labor Solidarity)
will be on Tuesday, November 14, 7pm, at the home of Bernadette
Logue, SEIU member, in the lovely workingclass district of
Georgetown! The address is 6726 Corson Ave. S., Seattle. It's off
the Corson/Michigan street exit on southbound I-5. If you need
directions call Bernadette at 206-762-7517. Or you can leave a
message on my cell at 854-1085.

One of the areas that OWLS is working on is to do education and
organizing around immigrant rights within the labor movement. We want
to push the labor leadership to defend and organize immigrant
workers. The resolution calls for taking a stand against
anti-immigrant raids, using our labor halls as a sanctuary for
immigrants, opposing CAFTA, NAFTA and other free trade agreements,
and other actions. To that end, OWLS has a resolution it is
promoting in different unions. Last week, Amalgamated Transit Union
587 adopted the resolution by an overwhelming margin. Equally
important, the discussion was thoughtful, and provocative.

The resolution can be viewed in its entirety on a website by Andy
Heyman, a UFCW activist. Go to

The next OWLS meeting will be a great opportunity to discuss the
resolution, and how we can use it to get labor more involved in
defending immigrant rights, in concrete ways.

Hope to see you on Tuesday, November 14 at the OWLS meeting.
And feel free to forward this to all organized/unorganized workers who
would be interested.

In solidarity,
Linda Averill

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