An Emergency Labor Meeting was held in Cleveland, Ohio on March 4-5, 2011.
Ninety-six union leaders and activists from 26 states and from “a broad cross-section of the labor movement” gathered at the Laborers Local 310 Hall in Cleveland in response to an invitation sent out in January urging them to “explore together what we can do to mount a more militant and robust fight-back campaign to defend the interests of working people.”
Three weeks prior to the Emergency Labor Meeting (ELM), “unionists and community and student activists in Wisconsin unleashed a resistance movement against Governor Scott Walker’s union-busting and concessionary attacks that in a short time has breathed new life into the labor movement”.
Participants in the ELM took “full note of the new situation and of the grave dangers to the U.S. labor movement and to workers’ and democratic rights posed by Governor Walker’s attacks”.
They pledged to make the “fight against union-busting and the budget cuts/concessions in Wisconsin the centerpiece of an emergency action plan…”
Part of the plan involves a nationwide “Day of Action” on April 4.
Participants welcomed the call issued by Larry Cohen, International President of the Communication Workers of America to organize on April 4, the anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This call has since been supported by the AFL-CIO Executive Board, which is urging “movement-wide dramatic actions” on this day.
The closed doors meeting was endorsed by some of American labor’s most radical socialist labor leaders.
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