(en) Job Corps Students suspended for IWW Organizing

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Sat, 5 Jul 1997 19:50:55 -0400 (EDT)

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-Demand immediate Reinstatement for Matt Wilson & Joe Marra!

Student employees of the Keystone Job Corps Center in Drums, PA started an IWW organizing drive on June 9th, 1997. The Job Corps recruits young people aged 16-24 who are interested in job training, getting a GED, or receiving a college diploma. Largely working class or of lesser privilege than young people that can afford to go to costly higher educational institutions, these people turn to Job Corps in an effort to secure a better future for themselves. When they arrive at the Job Corps Center, recruits often find that they have been lied to about conditions, are subject to harsh restrictions on leaving the campus or expressing their civil rights, and can even be neglected by the infirmary to the point where their lives are endangered. Keystone Job Corps Center is managed by a private company called Management Training Corporation. The young people in Job Corps are defined as employees of the federal government in their handbook and receive a wage allotment every two weeks.

On June 26, 1997, the Keystone Job Center put two of the most vocal supporters of the union drive, Matt Wilson and Joe Marra, on 10 days suspension pending final termination after an investigation. The reason was clear: Job Corps wants to have total, unchecked control over their wage-earning students and will do anything to keep our union from finally holding the Job Corps accountable to the promises it makes. Joe was told he was "inciting a riot" by management while signing up a fellow worker. Matt was told he was harassing students, when no students had complained about him and in fact, had expressed much interest in what he had to say.

Both were told that they were employees of the federal government 24 hours a day, seven days a week and were not permitted to organize on company time. On the final signed report, the reason for their suspension was "Inappropriate behavior that poses a threat to self or others."

Today we stand in solidarity with our fellow workers suspended from the Job Corps to demand immediate reinstatement for our organizers and a no-tolerance policy in Job Corps for union busting.

Please call the Job Corps at 1-800-762-7288 and demand immediate reinstatement for Matt & Joe and an end to harassment of student employees at the Keystone Job Corps Center.

For more information, contact Philidalphia IWW at phone (215) 724-1925, or email: phillyiww@iww.org

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