Members of the Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC) will show their support by attending the Toledo City Council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011, at 4:00pm.
FLOC is calling the event a “Solidarity Holiday” – as Toledo City Council votes on the fact-finding report for public employees. “All fresh market tomato operations will be halted until after 6:00 pm on September 20,” says Baldemar Velásquez, president of the union. “We stand with Toledo City workers who would be economically marginalized and with police and firefighters whose ability to protect us and our homes will be deteriorated.”
Whether their employer is a private company or a government organization, FLOC understands that attacking working people is never the answer. “Just like farmworkers, public employees need a voice at the table and their concerns must be addressed,” says Beatriz Maya, secretary/treasurer of FLOC. “Cutting workers’ wages and attacking their rights is never the solution.”
“We support the public workers”, says María García, FLOC vice president. “Farm laborers are some of the most exploited and maltreated workers in the country, but they know that solutions should always include improving people’s working conditions and wages, not tearing them down.”