Friday, April 21, 2006

Mexican Police Kill Two Strikers: Joe Hill Watch. No. 1.

Workers still are killed and injured as the government and corporations seek to wring every last drop.
In my research I have found no librarian unionists killed in labor efforts. But we can honor the courage of our sister and brothers in labor. In honor and respect for May Day and the 2006 action for immigrant rights, today begins the Union Librarian Joe Hill Watch. We will honor those who give life and limb for worker rights.

"Joe Hill ain't dead" he says to me,
"Joe Hill ain't never died
Where workingmen are out on strike
|: Joe Hill is at their side
." :|
--Alfred Hayes

As librarians we do our best by preserving memory.

Bloomberg News reports:
Mexican police shot dead two workers at a steel plant operated by Villacero SA, Mexico's biggest producer of steel bars and wire rod, during an attempt to break a three-week-old picket line, the union said.

About 600 police this morning shot tear gas and opened fire on workers at the company's steel plant in the southern state of Michoacan, killing two and wounding dozens more, the Mexican Mining Federation said in an e-mailed statement. The workers' families burned buses and blocked roads in response, the union said.

Workers went on strike at the plant April 2 to protest the company's support of a government move to remove Napoleon Gomez as leader of the union.

Joe Hill Watch.

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