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Day of Solidarity, Major Actions for Strikers

Jeremy Sprinkle
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(Picture) Lodge W369 is on strike!Join us on Monday, March 16, 2009

On Monday, March 16th, the faith based, social justice and labor community will come together to stand up for the Moncure workers who are standing up for us.

Download the flyer for this event. Please widely disseminate the flyer to friends, family, faith based organizations and list serves.

From the Moncure Strike Solidarity Committee:

The Orange/Chatham Solidarity Committee for the Moncure IAM LW369 Workers has organized the day of activities so that everyone can participate in one or more events. If you love justice, join us for as much of the day as you can.

We will conclude the day with a rally at the Pittsboro court house and then go into the Chatham Board of County Commissioners' meeting at 6pm. The commissioners will vote on a resolution in support of the strikers and demand that Atlas Holdings, the owners of Moncure Plywood, take over the negotiations with the International Association of Machinists Local W369 and the federal mediator to assure a just contract.

Seven North Carolina Democratic Congress members have sent a letter and will continue to pressure Atlas Holdings to return to the bargaining table and conclude a just contract with IAM Local W369.

The International Association of Machinists with the support of the NAACP NC and other civil rights organizations has filed a federal civil rights complaint against Moncure Plywood for allowing a noose to be hung on the plant grounds.

The union is taking the struggle to the Connecticut offices of Atlas Holdings. Connecticut Senator Christopher Dodd has joined the union in support of the strikers.

The Chatham Board of County Commissioners is expected to join the list of supporters.

Moncure is a member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC). Members must commit themselves to environmentally sustainable practices, including the ethical treatment of their employees. The company's violation of these principles has been documented and disseminated to all SFC members and on the SFC web site.

For more information - including information about carpooling on the Day of Solidarity - call Lori Hoyt at (919) 968-1888 or Miriam Thompson at (919) 370-4114.