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Monday, April 30, 2007

Oregon labor leaders in Cuba for May Day

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Iran TV reports that the Cuban May Day Celebration will host 900 union leaders from 52 countries. "May Day" refers to various socialist and labor movement celebrations conducted on May 1, unrelated to the traditional celebrations to commemorate the Haymarket martyrs of 1886 and the international socialist movement generally. The latter event is an important holiday in Communist countries and Waldorf Schools.

The list is narrowed down so far to 26 Latin American and Caribbean nations, 16 European countries, four Asian states, six African nations and Oregon, each sending 483, 394, 16, 16, 11 and 3 unionists respectively. The celebrants will be bringing a total of 247 reporters, including from Si Newhouse's The Oregonian and Portfolio magazine.

World Federation of Trade Union president George Mavrikos was reported to have arrived Sunday, according to the state newspaper Granma. An important group of leaders will also attend the International Meeting of Solidarity, scheduled to be held at Havana's Conference Center the following day and the 6th Hemispheric Meeting of Struggle against Free Trade Agreements and for the Peoples' Integration on May 3-5.

Iran Press TV, Apr. 30

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