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Students Take Aim at Azteca
TOLEDO, Ohio April 1st, 2003 UE activists in Ohio joined with allies from Jobs With Justice to protest an appearance in Toledo by Art Velasquez, CEO of Azteca Foods. UE members at Aztecas Chicago plant are seeking a first UE contract and have been
on strike since last September 30th. Two mediation sessions were held by FMCS in March, but the sides remain far apart.
Velasquez was appearing at the Toledo Club for a breakfast forum sponsored by the University of
Toledo's "Center for Family Business." Many people arriving for the forum were given fliers about how Azteca actually treats
its workers in Chicago.
Marty Swander, president of UE Local 715 at Metaldyne, and Louie Price, president of UE Local 714 at Atchison Casting, were among UE members participating in the April 1 demonstration.
The protest was part of UEs April Days of Action, a series of protests to aid the fight for justice at Azteca. Field Organizer Al Hart put together the Toledo protest. For updates on the Azteca
struggle visit www.ranknfile-ue.org.
Can You Help?
Help Build the Boycott
Help build the Azteca Boycott during "April Days of
Action." In just a few hours, you can help spread the word about how Azteca workers are treated and Azteca's ongoing effort
to break our union.
Join hundreds of volunteers nationwide who will be asking consumers to boycott Azteca products and
store managers to pull Azteca products from their shelves.
To let us know you can help, just call UE Local 1159 at 312-829-8300.
Aim at Azteca
The United States Student Association's Student Labor Action Project (SLAP) has developed a new leaflet that will be used by student
activists around the country.
They will be visiting retail and restaurant locations that sell Azteca Foods products during Aprils National Month of Action. A
copy of the leaftlet (in Adobe's PDF format) can be viewed by clicking here.