Striking Steelworkers Delegation Finds Support Among Brazilian Unions

    Daily Brazilian blog another innovative aspect of strike website

    SUDBURY, ON, Aug. 13 /CNW/ - In an attempt to build bonds of support and
develop a global action plan, United Steelworkers is sending ongoing
delegations to Brazil, home of the multinational Vale Inco.
    This international cooperation is following the strategic partnership
formed by USW International President Leo Gerard and CUT (Brazil's largest
trade union) President Artur Henrique da Silva Santos less than a month ago.
    "The action plans that we are developing are more than a temporary
alliance. We are building an ongoing friendship and working relationship that
will serve us well beyond the victory of this strike," said Myles Sullivan,
representative of USW Local 6500 from Sudbury. Sudbury is one of the three
communities where USW workers are on strike at Vale Inco.
    "They can help us and we can help them and in the end we will benefit
each other and the communities and members we represent," emphasized Sullivan
on the first of his daily blogs being published on the innovative strike
website "".
    "The potential for international teamwork on this Vale Inco strike is
significant," said Rick Bertrand, Vice President of USW Local 6500.
    The Brazilian workers organized into the Vale Union Network, part of
nearly 150,000 Vale employees in 35 countries in five continents. They are
extremely concerned about the fate of the negotiations in Canada, since the
outcome could have an immediate impact in the renewal of the collective
agreements in Brazil.

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