Via Infoshop News
On Jan. 29th, 2011, at 1pm, two cities showed that workers’ solidarity cannot be confined by national borders. While the steel workers of Ontario’s Local 1005 and thousands of their supporters held a march and rally to protest US Steel for locking them out of their jobs, their fellow workers and allies held a protest at the US Steel Headquarters in Pittsburgh, PA.
The rally in Downtown Pittsburgh, organized by the Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC), brought 20-30 people to brave the cold in front of the U.S. Steel Tower. Those present included union workers, students, anarchists from various groups, the IWW, and others. The picketers sipped hot coffee as they held signs, which read “Workers Unite: Solidarity is our Weapon,” “Steelers Fans for Pension Plans,” “US Steel: End the Lockout,” “Steel City Supports Steel Workers,” “Working Class Power,” and “Springsteen: The Only Boss I Listen to.”
Buses, taxis, and cars honked in approval. Picketers handed out information about the lockout to the unusually high number of passers-by–many of whom were brought to the area by a local radio show contest–Downtown on a frigid Sunday afternoon.
Protesters vowed to continue to put pressure on US Steel and act in solidarity with Local 1005 until the company allows the workers to return to their jobs, with their pensions intact. Pittsburgh NEFAC extends their congratulations to workers of Hamilton, Ontario for their successful demonstrations.
Local 1005: Pittsburgh stands behind you!
In the struggle for better lives for workers and their families, in Hamilton, in Pittsburgh, and everywhere else. In the struggle to build an international workers movement capable of making the rich pay for their own recession!
Upcoming, related events:
On February 29th, the Pittsburgh Organizing Group is hosting a benefit concert for locked-out workers of 1005 at the Shadow Lounge. Musicians include Mike Stout (Local labor folk singer), Jake and Clara (of Jake and the Infernal Machine) and more tba.For details, see (http://www.steelcityrevolt.org/).
On March 3rd, NEFAC Pittsburgh hosts a discussion about anarchists participating in the labor movement. Speakers include: Patrick Young, on radicals working in mainstream unions; Lady, on the Vermont Workers Center; and more TBA! This event will celebrate the release of NEFAC’s new pamphlet, “Fire the Boss.” 7pm-10pm, at The Union Project, 801 North Negley Ave., Pittsburgh.
Contact: Jake Carman, NEFAC Pittsburgh