For Immediate Release
Contacts: Russ Davis, MA Jobs with Justice (617) 413-0713 cell, Paul
Babin, Local 201 (781) 856-3282, Analia Penchaszadeh, Jobs with Justice
(202) 434-1106, (202) 316-0235 cell
TRADE UNIONISTS STOPPED FROM ENTERING CANADA TO PROTEST THE
BOSTON, April 18. ≠ Jeff Crosby, President of IUE-CWA 201 in Lynn, MA (a
General Electric local) and Paul Babin, a member of the local, were
turned away at the Canadian border as they tried to enter the country to
protest the "Free Trade Area of the Americas" agreement being negotiated in
AREA OF THE AMERICAS
"Itís outrageous at a time when they want to open borders further for
trade that they want to close it to the free exchange of ideas," stated
Russ Davis, Director of Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, who was at the
border crossing with Crosby. Davis said Crosby was questioned for an hour
and a half and was refused entry for a criminal offense over 25 years old.
Crosby had been to Canada numerous times since, and has never been
questioned about the offense.
Labor, community and religious activists throughout the country will
continue to join together to resist the effects of trade pacts such as the
Free Trade Area of the Americas being negotiated this weekend in Quebec.
The Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) is an effort by corporate and
political leaders to expand the North American Free Trade Agreement
(NAFTA) throughout the Western Hemisphere.
The impacts of NAFTA have been a disaster for the Americas. In the U.S.,
766,000 jobs have been lost, including many here in
Massachusetts, according to the Economic Policy Institute.
"NAFTA has been a disaster for working people in the U.S., Mexico and
Canada. It has put corporate greed before workersí rights and
environmental health," said Fred Azcarate, Executive Director of Jobs with
Justice. "FTAA would make a bad situation worse for people throughout the
Seven years after the implementation of the North American Free Trade
Agreement, business and political leaders will discuss NAFTA expansion
and the creation of a Free Trade Area of the Americas at a summit to take
place in Quebec City, April 20 and 21. Actions in Boston are part of a
National Week of Action to Protest the FTAA being organized by Unions,
community organizations, students and faith based activists from April
16-22 in local communities.
Jobs with Justice ≠ a national coalition of community, labor, student,
and faith-based organizations ≠ is coordinating U.S. actions. Endorsers of
the week of action include: American Federation of Labor-Congress of
Industrial Organizations, United Steel Workers of America, Public Citizenís
Global Trade Watch, 50 Years is Enough Network, Communications Workers of
America, United States Student Association, Center for Third World
Organizing, Applied Research Center, Longshore and Warehouse Union
International, International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Service Employees
International Union, Pride at Work and US Action.
For more information on local activities: www.jwj.org
--from the Jobs with Justice listserve--