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Chicago Rally
Blasts FTAA,
Effects of NAFTA


District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen Local 1111 members ...
District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen (photo at left) and Local 1111 members Tim Burzynski (with flag), Marilynn Jones, Tom Ciula (waving banner), Mary Larsen, Marilyn Petlewski, Al Harhay (with UE T-shirt) and Mario Taormina.

Close to 1,000 union members rallied here April 21 in opposition to plans to impose the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) on workers throughout the Western Hemisphere. Nine UE Local 1111 members traveled by van from Milwaukee, Wis. to join the protest.

The FTAA, often described as "NAFTA on steroids," would make corporate power sovereign over the protective laws and regulations of nations from Canada to Chile.

Timed to coincide with the mass demonstrations in Quebec the same day, the rally took place across the street from Henderson Spring, a plant on Chicago’s South Side scheduled to relocate next year to Canada and Mexico. Two hundred union members will be left jobless. The rally heard testimony from some of those NAFTA victims, before the assembled members of the labor, environmental and religious communities marched to a nearby park.


The forward column of the march had the solemnity of a funeral procession, as protestors carried cardboard tombstones representing plants closed because of NAFTA. Otherwise, the marchers sang and chanted their opposition to "free" trade and its devastating effects, for the length of their route.

The rally in McKinley Park included a simulated "race to the bottom," with runners representing the Western Hemisphere nations whose living standards would be under threat because of FTAA.

Among the speakers was U.S. Rep. Lane Evans (D., Il.), who came in response to an invitation from UE members.

The Local 1111 participants were Bob Granum, Marilyn Petlewski, Tom Ciula, Marilynn Jones, Al Harhay, Mary Larsen, Mario Taormina, Tim Burzynski and Jim Lemke. They met with District 11 Pres. Carl Rosen, Field Org. Sam Smucker and retired Intl. Rep. Terry Davis.

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