UFCW Local 1776: Union Summer Day Celebrates `Declaration of Workers' Rights' Featuring College Students From Around the United States, Participating in Union Summer Program

Jul 01, 2002, 01:00 ET from UFCW Local 1776

    PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa., July 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Union Leaders, including
 John Sweeney, President of the National AFL-CIO, Doug Dority, President of the
 1.4 million member United Food and Commercial Workers International Union,
 Pat Eiding, President of the Philadelphia AFL-CIO, CLC, Mark Lauritsen,
 Director of Region 2 (Mid Atlantic) of the UFCW International Union, as well
 as political leaders such as Rick Mariano, Philadelphia City Council Member,
 will gather together in Independence National Park tomorrow to celebrate
 workers' rights and the freedom to organize their work places, and to
 acknowledge the effort of so many young people from the National Union Summer
 Program, who have chosen to spend their summers helping workers.
     UFCW International Union, and the UFCW Local 1776 are hosting the college
 students that are working this year, in the Philadelphia Region.  They are
 working on several projects, foremost among them is helping to organize the
 approximately 5,000 unrepresented workers in Genuardi's Markets, owned by the
 National Chain, Safeway (which is over 95% union).  The students working here
 in the Philadelphia Area will represent the thousands of college students that
 are currently participating in this program throughout the Country.
     A "Declaration of Workers' Rights" will also be signed at this event,
 calling on employers to recognize the rights of workers, including but not
 limited to the right to organize.  Wendell W. Young, IV stated that, "Union
 Summer Day will allow labor, community, religious and political leaders an
 opportunity to show their support for this effort, and to pronounce these
 workers' rights at the birthplace of American Freedom, in front of our
 national icon of freedom, the Liberty Bell."
                          Date:  Tuesday, July 2, 2002
                               Time:  12:30 p.m.
               Place:  Independence National Park (Philadelphia)
                             5th and Market Streets
                    (In front of the Liberty Bell Pavilion)
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SOURCE UFCW Local 1776