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Support Virginia Health Care Workers Against the War this Wednesday, Jan. 12

This Wednesday, January 12, the Virginia Public Service Workers Union (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 160) will hold rallies at three public hospitals in Petersburg, Staunton and Williamsburg to demand that all state workers receive a 6% wage increase, and that workers currently earning less than $30,000 annually receive a $1,500.00 living wage adjustment.

These rallies are also the first events for which people attending this past Saturday's "Organizing Conference for a Virginia Anti-War Network" in Richmond agreed to mobilize. UE Local 160 has been a committed leader among anti-war organizers in Virginia since the first flickers of resistance to the invasion of Iraq appeared.
I'm not sure when minutes from Saturday's "Organizing Conference for a Virginia Anti-War Network" in Richmond will be circulated, so I'm sending around this reminder about the first event for which we agreed to mobilize. On Wednesday, the Virginia Public Service Workers Union (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America Local 160) will hold rallies at three public hospitals in Petersburg, Staunton and Williamsburg to demand that all state workers receive a 6% wage increase, and that workers currently earning less than $30,000 annually receive a $1,500.00 living wage adjustment.

UE Local 160 has been a committed leader among anti-war organizers in Virginia since the first flickers of resistance to the invasion of Iraq appeared. The local’s members, officers, organizers and representatives mobilized to support events throughout the state, speaking at numerous rallies and adding their numbers to several statewide marches. Most recently, the president and three organizers from UE Local 160 attended Saturday’s conference. Several spoke on their organization and its opposition to the occupation of Iraq, two joined the interim coordinating committee and the local offered to host the next statewide meeting. Nationally, UE is a member of US Labor Against the War, and its general secretary-treasurer serves on that coalition’s steering committee.

Wednesday’s rallies will be a critical opportunity for anti-war organizers throughout the state to show their solidarity with this exemplary labor organization, while learning more about the connections between the US government’s imperial adventures overseas and the dismal state of domestic health care and labor standards. Hopefully, their broad geographic span will permit a number of us to participate. For more information on UE Local 160, check out www.vaue160.org, and to learn about the national union, go to www.ranknfile-ue.org. Finally, if you have any questions about the rallies or UE Local 160 (whose membership is open to all Virginia state, county and municipal employees), please contact the local’s office at 1-888-868-6466.

Rally sites and times:

Eastern State Hospital
4601 Ironbound Rd.
Williamsburg, VA 23188-2648
2:30-4:00 pm

Central State Hospital
23617 W. Washington St.
Petersburg, VA 23803-0030
12:00 noon-1:00 pm

Western State Hospital
1301 Richmond Ave.
Staunton, VA 24401-9146
3:30-4:15 pm