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Worker Rights Fight Focuses on General Electric; News Conference to be Held March 22

U.S. Newswire, News Advisory, 21 March 2000 9:25

To: Assignment and International Desks, Daybook Editor, Labor Reporter
Contact: Scott Treibitz or Rex Hardesty, 703-276-2772

WHAT: News Conference
Release of International GE Workers Plan of Action

Wednesday, March 22
10:30 a.m.
Independence Room
Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave., N.W.

World unions representing workers employed at General Electric will adopt a workers plan of action that seeks an international code of conduct to limit the company's ability to pit one nation's workers against another.

Union delegates from 20 countries will meet March 22 to announce a worldwide drive that targets GE to show how a globalized economy affects worker rights. This issue erupted in Seattle last November at a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting and continues with opposition to permanent "normal" trade relations with China.

9 a.m.
- Marcello Malentacchi, International Metalworkers (IMF) General Secretary
- John Sweeney, AFL-CIO President
- Edward Fire, Electronic Workers (IUE) President
- R. Thomas Buffenbarger, Machinists President
- Morton Bahr, Communications Workers President
- Fred Higgs, International Chemical Workers (ICEM) General Secretary

10:30 a.m. News Conference
Release International GE Workers Plan of Action

News Bureau Alert -- Delegates from the following locations will be onsite at the news conference to help localize your story:

Belgium, Malaysia, Brazil, Mexico, Canada, The Netherlands, Chile, Singapore, Colombia, Turkey, France, Venezuela, Germany, Hungary, Great Britain, Switzerland, Ireland, USA, Italy

U.S. delegates are from plants in: Ohio, Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Indiana, Kentucky

/U.S. Newswire 202-347-2770/
03/21 09:25

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