Friday, October 22, 2010

Lech Walęsa to Join Building and Construction Trades in Solidarity Rally - NYC

Former Polish President and Leader of Solidarity Movement Will Address Thousands of Union Workers in Times Square

Thousands of members of the New York City Building and Construction Trades will rally this Monday, October 25 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm in Times Square for union solidarity with Lech Walęsa, the shipyard electrician who fought for labor rights in Poland and ultimately helped topple Soviet-style totalitarianism in that country, which led to him being its first democratically elected president from 1990-95.

The Nobel Peace Prize winner will headline the rally sponsored by the Building and Construction Council of Greater New York, the umbrella group representing more than 100,000 workers citywide. The rally will highlight Mr. Walesa' experience in leading the solidarity movement that defeated Communist rule and how solidarity among union members and working men and women can fight exploitation and rebuild America's middle class.

“Lech Walesa is legendary figure who epitomizes what the union movement is all about in the U.S. and around

the world: strength, spirit and solidarity,” said Gary La Barbera, president of the Building and Construction

Trades Council of Greater New York. “We know that solidarity is critical to advancing the union movement and the rights of workers everywhere, and this is exactly what will be on display at this historic rally.”

Monday, October 25; 3:00-4:00 pm

TIMES SQUARE (7th Avenue from 42nd Street to 36th Street, Manhattan)