News Highlights Workers
A Hit at Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, February 11, 2003 Striking Azteca
workers visited Notre Dame University as guests of the Progressive Student
Alliance and the Higgins Labor Center Tuesday night. Azteca CEO Art
Velasquez graduated from the university and sits on its board of trustees.
The workers visited the Institute for Latino Studies, the
Center for Social Concerns and spoke to a group of 80 students and faculty
at an evening forum. The areas print media covered the forum and visits.
It was disclosed that Azteca products are available on
campus. Of course, the student leaders at the forum told the strikers that
they would be looking into that situation. Students also will be working on
a number of soon to be announced projects to support the national consumer
boycott of Azteca tortillas, tortilla shells, chips and Buena Vida
(Notre Dame/St. Mary's)
RPCAN Pledges Help
To Chicago's Rogers Park
CHICAGO, February 10, 2003 Four Azteca strikers met with the
Jobs and Economic Justice Committee of the Rogers Park Community Action
Network (RPCAN) to talk about the latest news from the picket line and their
struggle for justice. Community members agreed to do outreach to area
churches and to leaflet a number of grocery stores in their community.
Prior to Monday's meeting, RPCAN had already published very
supportive article in their latest newsletter.
For Cintas Workers
CHICAGO, February 5, 2003 Azteca workers joined with 150
community and union allies in the Chicago area for a demonstration
supporting the workers at Cintas on Wednesday. Cintas the largest uniform
rental provider and industrial launderer in North America. The demonstration
was held in front of the Chicago offices of the National Labor Relations
UNITE, the Union of Needletrades, Industrial, Textile Employees is
attempting to organize Cintas workers throughout the US and Canada.
"UNITE members have been strong allies of our efforts to get a fair
contract from Azteca Foods. We thought wed return the favor. It is clear
that Cintas and Azteca work from the same playbook in an attempt to destroy
their workers unions. It just wont work but solidarity among
workers does," said Josefina Bonilla, an Azteca worker.