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Strikers Prepare
To Celebrate Thanksgiving
In Struggle and Solidarity

November 15th — As determined as ever to win their right to real union representation and a decent and fair first UE contract, Azteca workers are preparing to celebrate Thanksgiving in high spirits. The picket line outside the Azteca Foods plant in Chicago remains as solid as it was on the first day of the strike by UE Local 1159 members nearly seven weeks ago.

Thousands of email messages have been sent to Azteca from around the world while, locally, community, religious, labor and activist groups have responded to the workers' call for help. Supporters have called Azteca directly, while strikers have taken their message to numerous gatherings. On Tuesday night, the Loyola University United Students Against Sweatshops (USAS) held their most successful fund raiser ever on behalf of the Azteca workers. Within the last two weeks, activists have visited retail stores in Pittsburgh, Erie, Iowa City, Raleigh-Durham and Milwaukee, talking to shoppers and store managers, urging them to join the Azteca boycott.

In the Chicago area, Azteca workers have been busy visiting retail locations where Azteca products are sold. They also visited the director of the Mexican Fine Arts Museum to encourage him to contact Azteca owner Arthur Velasquez, a major supporter of the facility. Additionally, workers have been meeting with Catholic community activists in their ongoing effort to end the strike.

Meanwhile, the significant pressure campaign being mounted by allies (in and around Chicago and worldwide), the campaign to end the strike may be bearing some fruit. Azteca has relented on its refusal to meet with the union. A bargaining session, the first since mid-October, has been scheduled for Thursday, November 21st.

As for the upcoming holiday, Azteca workers are collecting donations for food baskets that will be distributed to strikers on the picket line during a Thanksgiving celebration. They may not be working, but they have found a tremendous amount of solidarity and unity to be thankful for. You can help Azteca workers celebrate the holiday through your support. Tell Azteca you won't buy their products by email (here) or by phone: 1-800-475-7997. Contributions for food baskets, and to support the strike, can be mailed to:

UE Local 1159
c/o UE District 11
37 S. Ashland Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607

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and we are not asking anyone to cease picking up, delivering or transporting
any goods, or to cease performing any work or services.”