Monday, April 28, 2008

JUSTICE FOR THE FREIGHTLINER FIVE: International Day of Action, May 9

Five fired UAW 3520 union leaders of the Freightliner plant in Cleveland, North Carolina are fighting to get their jobs back. They will be having an international day of action on Friday May 9 around the world to demand that Freightliner and the German multi-national Daimler rehire these workers. They were fired over one year ago for going on strike over health and safety issues and other conditions and benefits. This international campaign will also have an action in the bay area.


International Day of Action, May 9

Rally at Cleveland Park, Cleveland, N.C., 11 a.m. (hotel discounts available—see below)

Featured speakers:

KEN RILEY, president, Local 1422, International Longshoremen’s Association*
DONNA DEWITT, president, South Carolina AFL-CIO*; national president, Labor Party*
TOM ADLER, works council member, Daimler AG Untertuerkheim, IG Metall, Germany
WOODY WOODWARD, president, Statesville, N.C., NAACP*

Solidarity actions at Freightliner/Daimler locations internationally
(Check with your local solidarity committee and for details)

As a result of a strike by members of UAW Local 3520 at the Freightliner plant in Cleveland, N.C., over health, safety and other issues in April 2007, management has fired five UAW elected officials—Robert Whiteside, Glenna Swinford, Allen Bradley, David Crisco and Franklin Torrence. All are members of their union’s bargaining committee, and three are members of the union’s executive board as well.

The struggle to prevent retaliation against union leaders is important, not only to defend their local, but also to show workers throughout the country that the labor movement believes that an injury to one is an injury to all.

It is especially critical that the labor movement support trade unionists organizing in the “right-to-work” South. These union leaders are also civil rights activists—four are members of the NAACP. We need to show our solidarity as they stand up to union busting and retaliation by Freightliner, which is owned by the multinational corporation Daimler.

Join us in taking a stand against Freightliner’s anti-union policies in an international day of action to demand immediate reinstatement with full back pay for the Freightliner Five.

Sponsored by the Freightliner Five Solidarity Committee

For more information, visit

*Organizations for identification purposes only

Hotel rooms are available for $65 per night. Contact:

Holiday Inn
1215 Garner Bagnal Blvd.
Statesville NC 28677
(704) 878-9691

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