Friday, January 20, 2012
Solidarity Rally Saturday January 21, 2012
Our London Chapter will be out in great force on Saturday to support the Electro Motive workers & CAW in solidarity to achieve fair wage and benefits. Please schedule this event on your calendars!
London Chapter Members will be meeting with other Council of Canadians Chapters that will be attending this rally. Hamilton is confirmed with 6-8 members coming. Please give them a warm London Chapter welcome!
Please meet around 10:30am at the William Cafe Pub on Richmond Street at Central. From there we will march as a group to the Victoria band shell nearby at 10:45am for the 11am start of the rally. (grab a coffee/tea before we go!). I will have the COC Occupy banner. If you have yellow jackets/outerwear it will help us stand out as a group.
The rally will assemble for speeches at Victoria Park at 11am then head to the Electro Motive plant on Oxford Street.
There are 70 buses coming in from out of town plus local unions, organizations and supporting citizens numbering possibly around 10,000!
It would be a good idea to review all the materials noted in our January newsletter so that you are familiar with Electro Motive's December 27 Final Offer and the efforts that the CAW has made, starting in 2010, to have the Government complete due diligence on the foreign ownership of the plant and to negotiate fair wages and benefits for the workers.
Other groups meeting:
Green Party - SE Corner Victoria Park - near cenotaph
Occupy London - Reg Cooper Square - north side of City Hall
See you then!
Yours from the Chapter,
Parking Outdoor: Available at street meters and downtown outdoor self serve parking lots - check hourly rate as the one across from the Courthouse (Talbot & Queens) is expensive.
Central Secondarys School lot - might be free if the school is not using it for a fundrasier - then $5 - located on Dufferin Street - east of Wellington Street
Convention Centre - off York Street (south side) - east of Wellington Street
Horton Street & Ridout Street - City lot - self serve - a bit of a walk to Victoria Park - 8 blocks - but it is large - good for buses after drop offs
Indoor parking lots.
Central library underground lot off of King Street (north side) east of Clarence is good for 2 hours free with library card & parking card stamped.
Citi Plaza - enter off of York Street or Clarence Street - west of Wellington Street
Dufferin Street - west of Richmond - two - one on the north side and one of the south side.
Convention Centre - off of York Street (north side) - east of Wellington Street
Use mapquest to locate.