April 4, 2000
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At channel 2l
One last time, near sunset, a fasting
Riena Cardenas and her nephew, Frank, walk the picket line at
Fresno Channel 21. A couple hours later in the darkness, on this
street, surrounded by community people, channel 21 workers approved
their first contract. Riena and Frank symbolize the community
spirit without which this struggle by some 16 workers could not
have been won. And this victory shows how workers everywhere can
regain their bargaining power through unions with a broad base
of support. Reporter Riena fasted for 43 days, so did engineer
Martin Castellano and union negotiator Carrie Biggs-Adams. When
fasting anchor Fermin Chavez fell ill early on, Angel Noriega
from the Committee for the Poor, took over for Chavez and went
Above photo shows hands counting
ballots on the new contract with insert pictures, clockwise from
the upper left, Chavez hugging a tired Noriega, Riena doing high
5s with other workers, Castellano shouting victory, Chavez hugging
Buy A Bale A Month Club
As reported in our e-mail message of October 12, member Vic
Bedoian has organized a Buy A Bale A Month Club. Each club member
pledges to donate to SunMt $5 a month to buy, truck and store
a bale of straw for Baby SunHouse, SunMt's demonstration passive
solar straw bale-adobe dwelling. Purpose to develop engineering
data so that straw bale construction can become a part of the
regular building code. The club will live until the project is
fully financed. You can join by sending in your first $5.
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