May 24, 2010

Striking Shaw's workers embark on 5-day, 60-mile march for justice

Yesterday nearly 100 people began a 5-day, 60-mile march from Methuen, Massachusetts to the Massachusetts state house to all for justice for the 300 Shaw's workers who were forced out on strike on March 7th. Today the marchers will complete the second leg of their journey, from Lawrence to Reading, stopping along the way to rally with their supporters. The march will end Thursday with a rally at the State House and a final stop at the Shaw’s at Prudential Center.

As Shaw's workers, their families, and supporters March, a coalition of religious leaders from across Massachusetts will continue to show their support for the workers with a rally and press conference at 1 PM outside the Shaw's at the Prudential Center in downtown Boston. Religious leaders from around Massachusetts have been very supportive of the strike from the beginning. Earlier this month, a delegation visited Shaw's corporate headquarters to discuss ways to resolve the strike, but Shaw's executives refused to meet with them and even called the police on the peaceful gathering.

Senator John Kerry, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and New Hampshire Governor John Lynch have all also come out in favor of a resolution to the strike that is fair and timely, and that keeps good jobs in the community.

Here is a list of today's stops along the march route:

8:00 a.m
Rally at Heritage Park
1 Jackson Street
Lawrence, MA 01840

11:30 a.m.
Rally at Verizon Call Center
20 Shattuck Road
Andover, MA 01810

6:30 p.m.
Rally at Saint Athanasus Parish
300 Haverhill Street
Reading, MA 01867

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