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University of Iowa News Release

May 30, 2006

Al-Jawhary To Discuss Iraqi Workers' Rights At Luncheon June 8

Amjad Al-Jawhary, North American representative of the Federation of Workers Councils and Unions in Iraq (FWCUI), will discuss "The Struggle for Workers' Rights in Post-Saddam Iraq," at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon Thursday, June 8, in the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Al-Jawhary lived in Iraq from 1966 to 1995. As the North American representative for FWCUI, Al-Jawhary works on linking the labor movement in North America to the labor movement in Iraq and trying to build a strong foundation of solidarity between the two movements. Since the start of the occupation of Iraq, he has been speaking to audiences in countries including Japan, France, Finland and the United States to convey the message of Iraq's working people. He has spoken frequently about the impact of war, sanctions and occupation in Iraq and on the history of the Iraqi labor movement and workers' responses to current conditions in Iraq.

The FWCUI supports organizing workers in their workplaces and in the public sphere to demand workers' rights and labor law reforms. The organization formed in 2003 in Baghdad and has members in almost every sector and industry in Iraq. Its major goals are to build a strong working class that leads to a modern society and direct intervention in making policies and decisions at the governmental level. Key issues of focus for the FWCUI are working hours, wages, women's rights, social benefits and unemployment insurance.

This program is made possible with the support of Technigraphics, Inc. and RSM McGladrey, and will be catered by Taste of China. For those who cannot attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program on Friday, June 9, following the noon news.

Send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon Tuesday, June 6.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, please contact Thomas Baldridge or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is a part of International Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects, and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean of International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351, marianne-weiss@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kelli Andresen