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Announcement :: Human Rights : Labor : Organizing
June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
13 Jun 2006
Support Gillette workers fighting for their rights!
Gillette's new owner, the huge multinational Proctor and Gamble, has announced that it is closing part of its razorblade packaging center at the Devens Industrial Park affecting at least a hundred jobs. It has also not renewed its lease on the remaining operation, which if it closes that as well, it could affect as many as 1,000 more people.

The Merrimack Valley Project is sponsoring a march and rally to demand that Gillette provide fair severance to workers and compensation to the community for the economic and social costs of the plant closure.

The march and rally will be on Saturday, June 17. Everyone will gather at 10:00 AM in the parking lot of St. Patrick Church, 311 Adams Street in Lowell.

The Devens Industrial Park (located at the old Army base near Ayer) is the largest industrial park in New England. It is managed by a quasi-public agency, MassDevelopment, which aggressively pursues companies to locate in the park using a mix of development subsidies, tax breaks and streamlined permitting.

Gillette Corporation took advantage of these deals and set up a major razorblade packaging center at Devens. The size of the packaging center was big enough to also attract other companies like GE and UPS to set up facilities there to service Gillette's just-in-time operations.

The labor-backed Merrimack Valley Project has been organizing workers at the packaging center for several years to pressure Gillette to create more permanent full time jobs and stop discrimination against the many immigrant workers hired by its subcontractors.

The June 17 march and rally is an important opportunity to show solidarity with manufacturing workers.
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Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
14 Jun 2006
Excuse me? Gillete is constantly protested AGAINST for its ongoing inhumane testing and torture of lab aminals? Now were supposed to support the company and the workers engaged in those same activities? Get your priorities right! I dont feel obligated to support anyone who tortures animals for a living. This rally is a twisted joke.
Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
14 Jun 2006
Don't forget they actively hire Veterans and support our soldiers globally!
Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
14 Jun 2006
No one expects "Animal Liberation" supporters to show up at a rally for Industrial Workers. This announcement was not posted to attract Eco-Vandals, or Dirt First people.

You are the children of the factory owners and managers.

Honest workingclass supporters should know about these struggles. An injury to one is an injury to all!
Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
14 Jun 2006
Wait, I thought the protest was aginst the company. Wouldn't the workers and animal activists have a shared interest in discrediting the multi-national corporation of Gillete?
Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
14 Jun 2006
This Red vs. Green bullshit has got to stop. We can support working women and men, as well as fight for humane treatment of animals. As Brad said, this is about the corporation. The corporation that both exploits workers, and tests on animals.

You know, the crazy, right-wing libertarians can side with the crazy, right-wing Christians, despite some differences, to screw over everyone else. Let's fight the real enemy here (The Corporation), rather than trying to discredit each other's personal missions.
Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
15 Jun 2006
there is nothing about this that is trying to support the company. it is in support of workers who've been screwed over by the company, obviously.
Re: June 17 march and rally to support Gillette workers
15 Jun 2006
besides, despite the importantness of the environment and animal rights, my priorities ARE straight dude. i support the struggle of the working class before animals.
16 Jun 2006
Yeah noah, we know. you've said this before.

chip, you're dead on. this red vs. green bullshit has got to stop! and the animal activists have got to stop being so blatantly ignorant, and realize that there is no fight for the animals without deep analysis of race, class, sex, and gender struggles. I'm are tired of being part of a movement that marginalizes themselves so much, and makes the struggle for animal liberation a single issue. this is incorrect and unprogressive!
quit destroying all that we've workied so hard for! ugghhh!!

and the working class needs to realize that there are plenty of "greens" out there that do care about and ARE working class, and WILL stand in solidarity against these corporations.

i've never seen so much division and in-fighting in all my life.