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Christmas on
the Picket Line;
Support Keeps
Spirits High

December 19th — It may be cold on the picket line this Christmas, outside of the Azteca Foods Plant in Chicago, but there's a great deal of warmth in the hearts of the Azteca strikers. They're being warmed by a wealth of community support, both locally and worldwide; support that helps keep their spirits high. Unfortunately, Azteca continued its months-old strategy of foot-dragging and stalling in a negotiating session held yesterday. Another session has been set for January 8th.

• In Milwaukee: More than 100 people turned out for a "Day of Action" in Milwaukee on December 10th, an event organized by the UE Local 1111 Rank and File Organizing Committee (ROC). Participants included the President of the Milwaukee Central Labor Council, Voces La Frontera, Community Union, Alderman Angel Sanchez as well as many area unions offering solidarity with the Azteca strikers. After the rally, activists leafleted a Kohl's grocery store and sent a delegation into see the store manager. (Thanks to Mark Muszynski, ROC coordinator and UE Local 1111 Chief Steward at Milwaukee's Rockwell plant, who led organizing for the event).

• In South Bend, Indiana: The South Bend Indiana Central Labor Council presented a fine financial donation to the Azteca workers, after striker Maria Montes outlined the struggle so far and asked for help in exposing the Azteca situation on the nearby Notre Dame campus. Azteca CEO Art Velasquez is a member of the Notre Dame University Board of Trustees. Many Council delegates pledged their solidarity. Thanks also to the Jobs with Justice coalition led by Joe Carbone of the Communications Workers of America for all of their support. If the strike continues, the students will return from their winter break to focus again on Art Velasquez's role on campus and how they can help bring justice to the Azteca strikers.

• Posada Celebration: A local Telemundo Television crew was on hand to cover the Azteca workers' Posada Celebration on December 17th. Led by Fr. Peter McQuinn, pastor of Epiphany Parish, workers marched from their picket line to the office doors of Azteca under the watchful eye of company officials and the local police department. The workers shouts of "Si Se Puede" could be heard throughout the neighborhood as passing cars and trucks beeped their horns in solidarity. The Christmas Posada is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's search for shelter on the night of Jesus' birth.

• Chicago Fundraiser: A successful fundraiser was held last Saturday night in Chicago showing tremendous community support and the Azteca strikers' fabulous ability to cut a rug or two. A DJ was there to keep everyone dancing.

• How You Can Help: If you'd like to help in this struggle, there are three main things we need: (1) Calls to LaSalle Bank (click here for details); (2) Email a boycott-support message to Azteca;
(3) Make a donation.

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