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The Fight Against Veolia and Labor Struggle From Boston And Around The World - Part 1
by United Public Workers For Action
Tuesday Feb 11th, 2014 9:19 AM
This was the video from the first part of an international labor community forum on the fight against Veolia from labor, human rights and the environment.
The Fight Against Veolia and Labor Struggle From Boston And Around The World - Part 1
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Published on Feb 10, 2014
THE VEOLIA GROUP is a French multinational, which plays a growing role in the world economy, pushing privatization of water resources, transportation and other public services. In the Bay Area, Veolia has pushed for the privat­ization of water treatment in Richmond, which has led to union busting and environmental degradation.

Thomas P. Hoch, Vice President of Veolia Transportation Services was hired to represent BART management in recent negotiations and he attacked the ATU 1555, SEIU 1021 and AFSCME 3993 union locals. Veolia is also involved in privatizing transportation services and attacking unions such as the Boston School Bus Drivers USW 8751, where they have blatantly violated their union contract and fired four of the union leaders. They are still fighting for their jobs back.

Globally, the Veolia/ Transdev group is the largest water privatization com­pany and various environmental groups have tracked its record of destruc­tion and corruption. In the occupied West Bank, subsidiaries of the group op­erated segregated buses to illegal Israeli settlements; they operate an illegal settler dump and run a light rail system that sustains the Israeli settlements around Jerusalem. Communities all around the world have organized against Veolia and managed to get their cities and unions to pass anti privatization resolution declaring their cities "Veolia Free".

In light of the importance of their role in the United States and internationally, we will be having an international education conference. Topics will include Veolia's labor, environmental and human rights record and what poor and working people can do about their activities.

Conference Program- February 8, 2014
Opening Panel 1:00 p.m.
Clarence Thomas ILWU Local 10 Executive Board*
Steve Gillis VP USW 8751*, Boston School Bus 5
George Figueroa BART ATU 1555*
International Panel 2:15 p.m.
Omar Barghouti Co-founder of the BDS Movement, Palestine
Hugh Lanning Fmr. General Secretary Public & Commercial Services Union, UK, Chair, Palestine Solidarity Committee
Dalit Baum Middle East Program, American Friends Service Committee
Regional Panel 3:45 p.m.
Charles Smith AFSCME 444*, delegate Alameda Labor Council
Erin Diaz Director, Public Water Works! campaign, Corporate Accountability International (Boston), The St. Louis Coalition to Dump Veolia
Rebel Fagin North Coast Coalition For Palestine
Mikos Fabersunne Chair, Davis Committee for Palestinian Rights
Nancy Murray The Boston Coalition for Palestinian Rights
§SF Solidarity Picket For Boston School Bus Drivers
by United Public Workers For Action Tuesday Feb 11th, 2014 9:19 AM
UTU 1741 members and supporters of the four fired Boston School Bus Drivers Union leaders picketed the San Francisco offices of Veolia Para-Transit. This union busting company is involved in privatization of public transit throughout the world.