PEOPLE'S SUMMIT and TENT CITY June 14 - 17, 2009
Grand Circus Park, (Woodward and Adams), Detroit
* Bailout the people! * Jobs, healthcare, housing and education for all * Moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs – housing is a right * Stop budget cuts and restore social services funding * Stop tuition hikes and school closings * Moratorium on layoffs, plant closings, pension thefts and union busting – A job at a living wage is a right * End racism, sexism and anti-LGBT attacks * Stop attacks on immigrants * Bailout youth and students * No more police brutality * Jobs not Jails - For prisoners and ex-prisoners' rights * Save the natural environment and stop global climate change * U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan * Money for jobs and human needs, not war *

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Union Auto Workers Planning Rally

Frank Hammer, retired president of UAW Local 909, spoke at a press conference on June 9. (Credit: FOX 2 News)

Updated: Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009, 6:17 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 09 Jun 2009, 6:17 PM EDT
by Simon Shaykhet

HAMTRAMCK, Mich. - In one of the most trying times in the UAW's history, auto workers are in a fight to keep their jobs. A press conference Tuesday at UAW Local 235 sent a very strong message. Auto workers in metro Detroit will be rallying soon to challenge plant closings and layoffs.

Some of the auto workers who showed up to the press conference work for American Axle, but the rally that is planned for June 16 will also include GM and Chrysler employees, as well as retired workers facing health care costs.

They are urging the state to declare an emergency in Michigan with a moratorium on foreclosures, evictions and utility shutoffs. They are also asking for enforcement of a federal Full Employment Act basically making the government responsible for using all programs and policies to put people back to work.

On June 16, the rally will be at noon outside the Renaissance Center in Detroit and coincides with American Axle's president and former Governor John Engler addressing the National Business Summit.

"The CEO of American Axle, who is taking all the work out of this plant, taking it to places where he can get cheaper labor and leaving our community devastated and leaving the workers without employment," said Frank Hammer, retired president of UAW Local 909.

Other events are also planned to give people a chance to speak out.

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