May Day 2002, Albany, NY

jonathan flanders jon_flanders at
Tue Apr 23 15:53:04 MDT 2002

Hudson-Mohawk May Day Committee


Contact: Art Fleischner
Phone: 785-4400 ext 4411 • Email: Alad8 at

US Debut of  Ken Loach film on the Consequences of Contracting Out on
Safety and Workers Lives is Highlight of Albany May Day Celebration

May 1st, the international workers holiday observed in most countries
around the world, will be celebrated for the fourth year in a row here in
the Capital District. An 8 pm showing of "The Navigators," the new film by
noted British director Ken Loach("Bread and Roses"), will be the
centerpiece of the evening's activities. "The Navigators," whose screenplay
was written by the late Rob Dawber, a British rail worker, chronicles the
dire effects of the privatization of British Rail on a group of railroad
workers. The proposed breakup of the US passenger rail system, Amtrak,
makes this film especially relevant.

The evening celebration will be held at University at Albany Downtown
Campus Page Hall, 295 Western Avenue, Albany.

At 5pm a light dinner will be served featuring food provided by Old Songs
Head Chef Jake Bryan, accompanied by music by Peter Siegel, a regional folk
muscian-activist. Peter will sing at various points throughout the evening.

At 6pm a panel discussion of current labor issues will be introduced by
Oscar Best, Assistant Dean, SUNY School of Social  Welfare and director of
the SUNY Community and Public Service Program. 

Panelists include Dr. Joshua Freeman, Labor Historian-Professor of History
Queens College CUNY. Dr. Freeman will speak on "Working on the Railroad in
New York history." Katherine Abaire, President of Brotherhood of Locomotive
Engineers(BLE) local 752, representing Amtrak railroad engineers, will
speak on "Working on the railroad in 2002."

Dr. Richard Shirey, Associate Professor of Economics, Siena College will
speak on "How the War on Terrorism affects workers in New York."

At 8pm, the previously mentioned film, "The Navigators," will be shown.
Following the film, John Van Raalte, an industrial hygenist for Eastern NY
Occupational Environmental Health Clinic, will lead a discussion based on
the issues raised by the film.

Sponsors:Troy Area Labor Council, New York State AFL-CIO, New York Labor
History Association, Solidarity Committee of the Capital District, The
Eighth Step


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