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New Lynn, MA: Safe, Decent & Just

Tuesday, July 20th, 2011, 7:00 p.m.  Rescheduled due to another event. New date to be announced soon: Join organizers Jeff Crosby and Carly McClain in a conversation about the Workers Center for Economic Justice organized by the North Shore Labor Council and the New Lynn Coalition. The coalition’s mission is to organize all sectors of working class people in the region into a unified permanent, political and economic force that is union and non-union and transcends racial, linguistic, ethnic, citizenship and gender boundaries. Together the organizations within the New Lynn Coalition are identifying goals for regional development which revolve around social and ecological needs and concerns and where there is a renewed sense of the public role in social welfare.

Carly McClain is a member of IBEW 2321. She has been working for more than a decade doing community and union organizing work across Massachusetts. She lives in Salem, MA and is the mother of 3 kids. She is the organizing coordinator for The New Lynn Coalition which is comprised of union and community groups that have a solid base in the community and have a history of working together to create change.

Jeff Crosby is president of IUE-CWA Local 201 in Lynn. He worked for 30 years as a grinder on aircraft engines for General Electric and is serving his seventh term as the Local’s president. Previously, he served eight years as a shop steward. He is also the President of the North Shore Labor Council, representing 30,000 workers from unions on Boston's North Shore. Crosby is also a vice-president and member of the state Executive Board of the Mass. AFL-CIO. He was an active participant in the protests against the World Trade Organization in Seattle (November, 1999) and against the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) in Quebec. He visited Colombia in solidarity delegations to Colombian trade unionists. He has written on the labor movement for labor journals such as Working USA, New Labor Forum, Labor Notes, etc.

Background reading: "In an Old City, Building a New Common Sense" by Carly McClain and Jeff Crosby, Labor Notes.

This event is organized by the Downtown Workers Center.

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