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On April 12, 2000 seven members from Local 2999 joined 15,000 members from the UAW, Unite, Teamsters, and Steelworkers for the rally in DC. Mike Kesner, Ted Strawderman, Paul Diehr, Marcy Harrington, Richie Franklin, Mike Killen, and Dale Guinn represented UAW Local 2999.

Region 8 members demonstrate for global justice

Sandy Nichols, President UAW Local 1748

Region 8 leadership, members and retirees turned out by the hundreds April 9 and 12 in Washington, DC to demonstrate for global justice.

On April 9, the UAW and other labor unions joined church groups in their Jubilee 2000 USA mobilization rally. Demonstrators braved cold wind and snow to call for the cancellation of the debts of African, Latin American, Asian Pacific, and Caribbean countries.

Al Lloyd, Region 8 CAP representative, reported that members came from Local 919 of Norfolk, Va., Local 2123 of Fredericksburg, Va., Locals 149 and 1748 of Winchester, Va., and Local 2999 of Strasburg, Va.; Local 1590 of Martinsburg, W.Va.; Locals 239, 738, 738 and 66 of Baltimore and Local 354 of Salisbury, Md.; Locals 1183, 404 and 1212 of Newark and Local 435 of Wilmington, Del., plus staff from the five-state area.

On April 12 UAW members and leadership returned to the nation's capital for an AFL-CIO sponsored Lobby Day and Rally that drew 15,000 union members. Many Region 8 members attended both events. The Region 8 delegation came from the five surrounding states plus Alabama to oppose Congress granting permanent normal trade relations to China. Members lobbied their members of Congress while attending the rally. They explained to each member of Congress our opposition to the PNTR bill.

Al Lloyd, CAP representative, thanks the hundreds of Region 8 members and local leadership who came to the lobby and rally from Newark and Wilmington, Del.; Martinsburg, W.Va.; Baltimore, Salisburg, and Hagerstown, Md.; Norfolk, Fredericksburg, Winchester and Strasburg, Va., and York, Pa.

Special thanks to all staff who helped coordinate the rallies and lobbying efforts.