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Stand With Marcus Jean! Thursday May 2, 9am
30 Apr 2002
Stand with Marcus Jean in West Roxbury District Court!
Thursday, May 2 9:00 AM
Stand with Marcus Jean in West Roxbury District Court!
Thursday, May 2
9:00 AM

Tell Suffolk District Attorney Conley to
"Drop the Racist, Anti-Union Frame-Up Charges, Now."
Don't let corporations like Laidlaw use 9-11 to attack our
unions and immigrant workers!

**Join Labor's A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism),
Rank & File United of the Boston School Bus Drivers' Union,
and community supporters in a protest on the court house steps.
West Roxbury District Court
(Forest Hills T, Jamaica Plain click link below for directions)
http://www.state.ma.us/courts/courtsandjudges/courts/westroxburydistrict
.html
Thursday, May 2
9:00 AM
(10:00 AM begins a hearing on Defense Attorney Wilson's motions to dismiss)

**Sign Online Petition to the DA to Drop the Charges today at
http://www.iacboston.org/mjeanpetition

**Downloaded & distribute PDF leaflets about Marcus Jean's case,
in English & Spanish, at the Marcus Jean Defense Committee web page
http://www.iacboston.org/mjeandefense

**Read this week's excellent "Boston Phoenix" cover story about Marcus Jean
"A man on the spot:
Is a Haitian school bus driver caught in a web of post-September 11
suspicion?"
by Kristen Lombardi, award winning Boston Phoenix investigative reporter
April 25, 2002
http://www.bostonphoenix.com/boston/news_features/top/features/documents
45753.htm

**Join the Marcus Jean Defense Committee at the
May Day Rally & March for Immigrant Rights
Wednesday, May 1
3:30 PM
Massachusetts Statehouse, Boston
____________________________________________
Who is Marcus Jean?



Marcus Jean is a Haitian immigrant who has worked as a
schoolbus driver in Massachusetts for the past seven years.
On January 30, 2002, Mr. Jean was involved in a minor
disagreement with another driver over a parking space in the
Laidlaw Corporation terminal parking lot in Readville. The
matter was handled by the Assistant Terminal Manager and was
closed; no formal reprimand or written warning was issued.

The following day, the Terminal Manager - contrary to union
rules and to general practice - began to question and harass
Mr. Jean about the incident, threatening him with possible
disciplinary action. Mr. Jean, knowing his rights, told the
Terminal Manager that he was being treated unfairly and
refused to accept discrimination and harassment.

Later that day, the Terminal Manager went to the Boston
Police and filed criminal charges against Mr. Jean, alleging
that he had made repeated threats to "blow up the building."
This is a false and outrageous charge. Marcus Jean never
made any threats of any kind. Although no witnesses have
confirmed Laidlaw's version of events, and despite numerous
grievances that have been filed against the same Terminal
Manager for threatening and harassing drivers as well as for
racist and sexist treatment of workers, the allegations
against Marcus Jean have been taken seriously by the police
and the local court. After an unblemished record of seven
years of service, Mr. Jean now faces charges of threatening
to commit acts of terrorism against the Laidlaw Corporation;
he has already lost his job.

Why would Laidlaw Corporation turn a minor argument into a
false accusation of terrorism?



Mr. Jean belongs to a union with 80% immigrant members. It
has a strong rank-and-file, committed to defending the jobs
of all its members. In June 2001, Laidlaw Corporation filed
for bankruptcy. Since then, the company has been using every
available means to maximize profits by cutting driver pay,
speed ups, and widespread use of disciplinary actions and
firings to "lay down the law" - an effort thwarted by the
strength of the union membership. Now Laidlaw, exploiting
the tragedy that America suffered on 9/11, is using bogus
charges of terrorism to intimidate immigrant workers from
standing up against union-busting and harassment. The
company is seeking to use the police and courts illegally as
their own private "Pinkerton" shock troops against the
union.

This anti-union management campaign has been met with
widespread resistance by a determined rank-and-file
membership. Laidlaw Corporation believes that workers who
stand up against these anti-worker attacks must be "taught a
lesson."
Even if the court ultimately throws out the absurd charges
against Mr. Jean, if the company can get away with firing
him, it will have made its point to the immigrant community.
That's why it is up to all of us to stand up on his behalf.

-------------------------------------------------
reply to LaborsANSWER (at) iacboston.org

Marcus Jean Defense Committee
c/o Labor's ANSWER Boston
31 Germania St, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-522-6626
www.iacboston.org/laborsANSWER
LaborsANSWER (at) iacboston.org


See also:
http://www.iacboston.org
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