CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Dictator Pleads with Labourstart: STOP Faxing us!

Eric Lee wrote us recently:

Your support for recent campaigns is having an effect. Sometimes, that effect is immediate.

48 hours ago we asked you to send off messages in support of imprisoned trade union leaders in Eritrea. Your response has been fantastic. Thousands of messages have been pouring in -- at one point, we were hitting 200 messages per hour. Many of those messages have been re-sent by fax to Eritrean embassies around the world, prompting one official in the Oslo embassy to phone up LabourStart and demand that we stop sending them.

What do you think? Should we leave these poor government officials alone? I don't think so. I think we should turn up the pressure! Let's flood them with thousands more messages and keep up the pressure until Ghebremedhin, Andezion and Weldemicael are released.

We know that 90% of the people reading this message still haven't sent off protests to Eritrea. Please don't delay -- time is running out. For more information and to send off your message, go to:

On the right side bar you will find this [currently] and other Act Now! items that will help those in need [just look at the pleas from the fax receipents.]


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