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Rally for Locked Out Charles Krug Workers

Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002

A coalition of student organizations, union members, religious groups, and other concerned citizens from around the Bay Area will hold a rally on Saturday, January 5th, to mark the six month anniversary of the lockout at Charles Krug. The 43 unionized production workers were locked out by the Peter Mondavi family, owners of Charles Krug Winery in St. Helena, on July 3, 2001. This lockout is widely regarded as among the most important labor conflicts in California today, since Charles Krug is the last unionized winery in Napa Valley.

The event will begin at ll:00 a.m. and will last until 3:00 p.m. The community is invited to gather at Lyman Park, at the corner of Main and Pine Streets in St. Helena, for music and speeches.

Featured speakers will include Walter Johnson, Executive Secretary of the San Francisco Labor Council (invited); Sasha Futran, former member KQED Board Of Directors; Steve Zeltzer, Producer of the Labor Video Project; Matt Gonzales, San Francisco Supervisor who is sponsoring a resolution of support for the Krug workers (invited), similar to that passed by the Berkeley City Council on December l8; and Rogelia Hurtado, third-generation Krug employee who has worked for the winery for over thirty years. Sacramento State University historian-labor archivist Al Stein will discuss the controversial exhibit at the Napa Valley Museum which omits the lockout and all mention of the production workers from the history of the winery. Local political and religious leaders have also been invited to speak and Bay Area musician Larry Shaw will provide entertainment.

Following the program, supporters will march through downtown St. Helena to remind the community that the lockout of long-time employees continues and that families are suffering after six months without income.

This rally is the latest in a number of community events to support the locked-out workers. Other events have included a teach-in at UC Davis Law School, a salsa dance at Napa Valley College, and a toy drive spearheaded by the Marin County public employees' union. For more information, contact kruglockoutcommittee@hotmail.com or see www.progressiveportal.org/letters/labor.

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