_Iraqi Workers Organize!
Iraq’s Workers and their Unions
Photographs by David Bacon
Downtown Labor Center Opening Reception: May 10, 2006, 7:00 PM exhibition through May 31 675 South Park View Street (across from MacArthur Park) Los Angeles
Following the fall of Saddam Hussein, oil workers in Basra reorganized one of Iraq’s oldest unions, and faced the occupation’s prohibition on collective bargaining in the public sector. Oil workers forced US contractor KBR to leave the oil districts, and defended Iraq’s oil against the threat of privatization. They helped dockers organize in the ports, and together forced Stevedoring Services of America and the Maersk Corporation to give up their privatized concessions. Workers in power generation and other industries have organized as well.
This photodocumentary project shows people at work on the rigs in the refineries and the ports, their unions and leaders, and their life at home with their families.
View the images online at http://dbacon.igc.org
The show is a step in building the solidarity between US and Iraqi unions and workers, to end the war and occupation. It is sponsored by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, USW Local 675, United Teachers Los Angeles, ILWU Local 63, Diane Middleton Foundation, the Harry Bridges Institute, and US Labor Against the War (LA). More sponsors and proposals for exhibitions and activities are welcome. For information contact Alexandra Topete, Administrative Assistant, Downtown Labor Center: email@example.com or 213-480-4155 x205, or David Bacon at firstname.lastname@example.org