May 7, 2010 by The Mormon Worker
The Mormon Worker is asking readers/supporters to fast on Sunday, May 9 (or whatever day you can) to help raise money to support workers from the Rio Tinto Borax mine in California.
Rio Tinto imposed a lockout in January of this year to force workers to accept a concessionary contract that would destroy their union. Donations go to help families get by while they are unable to work due to the lockout. The workers are members of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 30.
There is a strong Mormon presence in the union. 7 of the locked-out union members are Mormons from the same LDS congegration, and two of the 10 union members on the negotiating team are Mormons.
In the Mormon church, fasting traditionally involves skipping a few meals on the first Sunday of the month and then donating the money saved to the poor. In this case, fasting might also involve staying in rather than going to the movies this weekend, eating at home rather than going to a restaurant for dinner, or packing a lunch to work for a few days rather than eating fast food.
We are hoping to raise funds which we can then send to the union on behalf of the Mormon Worker. To donate, you can send money to the Mormon Worker via paypal, using our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you do not already have a paypal account, just look for the “Send Money” link at the bottom of the homepage, and follow the instructions.
If you would rather send a check directly to the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, for benefit of the workers, you can find details of how to do so here.
You can read more about the lock-out in this article.
Lets show some solidarity with our brothers and sisters in the ILWU.
The Mormon Worker