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Updates on Alcoa Work Struggles in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico

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    update on Alcoa Date: 10/22/2002 3:42:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time From: pedro@usasnet.org Besides the firing of rank-and-file members among other tactics
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      update on Alcoa
      Date: 10/22/2002 3:42:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time
      From: pedro@...

      Besides the firing of rank-and-file members among other tactics of
      intimidation, the workers of Plant 1 in Ciudad Acuna, Mexico elected
      an independent union. This is a very significant victory for
      workers in this area. Unfortunately, for some legal technicalities
      the union didn't get the recognition of the Mexican Labor Department
      (we cannot assure due lack of evidence, but we suspect that the
      "official union" and Alcoa management have something to do with
      that). For that reason, now is more important than ever that you
      take action and e-mail Alcoa's CEO and let him know that Alcoa
      workers in Piedras Negras and Ciudad Acuna are still demanding:

      1. Reinstatement of the fired workers;
      2. A complete end to the intimidation of workers, inside and outside
      the plant;
      3. Replacement of the two company officials who have done the most to
      poison the atmosphere in Piedras Negras: general manager Paulino
      Vargas and human resource manager Jose Juan Ortiz.

      Show your cross border solidarity and feel part of a movement that is
      reshaping labor movement in Mexico and the rest of the Americas just
      by clicking:

      http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/supportalcoaworkers/wgxe86za7ndw

      From: organize@...
      To: pedro@...,
      Subject: FW: Alcoa workers need your help!
      Date: 21 Oct 2002 20:27:37 -0000

      Greetings,

      With the help of the CFO, Alcoa workers have been working
      for nearly a decade to win improvements in their wages
      and working conditions. Last March, their movement
      won a historic victory by electing a rank-and-file
      slate to the plant-level "sectional committee" at Plant
      #2 in Piedras Negras. Before the firings, a rank-and-file
      slate at Plant #1was poised to win an upcoming election.
      In addition, workers at both plants are seeking to
      organize a legally recognized independent union -a
      major step in Mexico, where entrenched "official" union
      leadership is unresponsive and often corrupt. All of
      these tactics are intended to break the back of the
      rank-and-file movement- and with it to break the back
      of union democracy at the border.

      Alcoa wants to cut $1 billion in costs by 2003. In
      its plants at the border, it has tried to achieve this
      goal by slashing benefits and signing "sweetheart"
      contracts that roll back worker gains. These measures
      target workers who are already laboring for below-poverty
      wages.

      Alcoa's actions violate Mexican labor law and the Mexican
      constitution, both of which guarantee freedom of association,
      including the right of workers to democratically choose
      their own unions. They also violate the company's own
      statements, which affirm Alcoa's support for freedom
      of association and other human rights. Alcoa is very
      proud of its reputation as a socially responsible corporation.
      They need to learn that their reputation will be based
      on their actions, and not on empty words.

      The Alcoa workers are making three specific demands:

      Reinstatement of the fired workers;
      A complete end to the intimidation of workers, inside
      and outside the plant;
      Replacement of the two company officials who have done
      the most to poison the atmosphere in Piedras Negras:
      general manager Paulino Vargas and human resource manager
      Jose Juan Ortiz.

      You can take action on this alert either via email
      (please see directions below) or via the web at:
      http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/supportalcoaworkers/wgxe86za7ndw

      Visit the web address below to tell your friends about
      this.
      http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/supportalcoaworkers/forward/wgxe86z

      a7ndw

      We encourage you to take action by November 29, 2002

      Tell Alcoa to Obey the Law! Urgent action to Support
      Mexican Alcoa Workers

      INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA THE WEB:
      If you have access to a web browser, you can take action
      on this alert by going to the following URL:

      http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/supportalcoaworkers/wgxe86za7ndw

      INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL:
      Just choose the "reply to sender" option on your email
      program.

      Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
      Chairman and CEO, Alcoa Inc. Alain Belda

      ----THIS LETTER WILL BE SENT IN YOUR NAME----
      Dear [decision maker name automatically inserted here],

      Alain Belda
      Chairman and CEO, Alcoa Inc.
      201 Isabella Stret
      Pittsburgh, PA 15212

      Dear Mr. Belda:

      The management of Alcoa Fujikura Ltd. in Piedras Negras,
      Mexico, is violating the right of its Mexican employees
      to join the union of their choice. These acts are contrary
      to Mexican labor law, the Mexican constitution, and
      the Mission, Principles and Values of Alcoa. They also
      violate the internationally recognized human right
      to freedom of association.

      Such violations include the firing of union activists
      and other workers, as well as the intimidation of workers
      inside and outside Alcoa's plants. Your employees in
      Piedras Negras and neighboring Ciudad Acuna have been
      forced to protest the severe deterioration in their
      salaries and working conditions resulting from your
      efforts to reduce costs by $1 billion by 2003. It
      is unfair for these cost reductions to fall most heavily
      on the shoulders of your Mexican employees.

      We ask you to put a stop to these abuses, to order
      the reinstatement of the fired workers in Piedras Negras,
      and to replace the two managers who are causing the
      most serious damage to the reputation of your company:
      Mr. Paulino Vargas and Mr. Jose Juan Ortiz, general
      manager and manager of human resources, respectively.
      We urge you to act immediately.

      ----END OF LETTER TO BE SENT----

      Sincerely,
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