July 4, 2009
Welcome trade union leaders from Haiti, Guadeloupe to N. Carolina
Elie Domota (pictured at right), General Secretary, General Union of Workers of Guadeloupe and Fignole Saint Cyr (pictured below), General Secretary, Autonomous Confederation of Haitian Workers, will be in Greensboro on Tuesday, July 7, 2009. Their stop in North Carolina is part of a solidarity tour of the United States, and will include a meet and greet and presentations followed by a discussion.
What: Come spend an evening with the leaders of the trade union movement in Haiti and Guadeloupe
When: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 6:30 pm for meet & greet, 7:00 pm
Where: Glenwood Community Center, 2010 Coliseum Blvd, Greensboro, NC
In Haiti, the unions are playing a major role in the struggle to restore democracy after the U.S. government intervened in the 1990s to remove then President Arisitide. A contingent of U.N. peace keepers continue to occupy much of the country.
Earlier this year, the trade unions of the Caribbean island of Guadeloupe led a powerful “fight back” against the deepening worldwide economic crisis. United in a coalition of 50 organizations, the workers and people of Guadeloupe won a $250 per month wage increase for low-wage workers, more jobs for youth, a reduction in the prices of basic necessities, and a moratorium on home foreclosures.
The struggles of workers in Haiti and Guadeloupe may sound familiar to many of our members and advocates of workers’ rights in America. Come find out more about the struggles of the labor movement elsewhere in our hemisphere and how we can “fight back” against the massive loss of jobs, health care, pensions and homes here in the U.S.A.