Protestors in Greece last Month A conference of US trade unionists has met at Kent University to call for international solidarity against cuts The statement mentions in particular the struggles of Greek public sector workers - including of course teachers - against the austerity packages being forced on them by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Union and the bond traders. In particular they applaud the slogan heard on the demonstrations: 'We don't owe anything!  We will not Pay anything!" The statement from the conference is pasted below: Greetings to the Workers in Greece and Across Europe Fighting for No Cuts, No Concessions Dear Sisters and Brothers: We -- labour and community activists from all across the United States gathered at the Emergency Labour Network Conference at Kent State University (Ohio) on June 24-26, 2011 -- send greetings to our sister and brother unionists and activists in Greece and throughout Europe who are fighting against the deadly austerity and privatization plans implemented by all the European governments at the behest of the European Union, the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and U.S. corporate and financial interests. We have gathered at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio -- the place where four young student antiwar activists were murdered by the U.S. National Guard on May 4, 1970 -- to work on strategies to mount a full labor-community fightback against the corporate assault against our unions, our jobs and working conditions, our homes, and our very communities. Building a national campaign around the call for "No to the Cuts and Concessions" imposed upon working people and our unions in the name of reducing the federal and state budgets was one of the central decisions of our conference. At our evening rally on June 25, a speaker highlighted the central role played on the world scene today by the workers of Greece who have risen up in countless, huge protests in the streets and general strikes to oppose all the heinous policies imposed on the Greek people in the name of reducing the public deficits and paying back the foreign debt. We were heartened to learn that in the recent demonstrations in Athens, Greek workers marched behind banners that proclaimed, "We don't owe anything. We will not pay anything!"This is what we believe the trade unions in our country should be saying in reply to all the banksters and politicians who demand "share sacrifice" in the name of "our common interests." Working people, whether in the United States, Greece, France, Spain, Portugal -- or Egypt and Tunisia, and beyond -- did not create the crisis that is devastating our countries. It is not our crisis, and we refuse to pay for it! "We don't owe anything. We will not pay anything!" is the very same perspective that we are putting forward with our campaign for No Cuts, No Concessions here in the United States. We salute all trade unionists and working people across Europe who are leading the way in our common struggle against the brutal offensive waged by the transnational corporations and the politicians who are doing their bidding. And to trade union members and officials we wish to add one last word: We are firmly opposed to the fact that the leadership of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) -- to which our union federations in the United States, the AFL-CIO and Change to Win, are affiliated -- invited Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou to by the opening speaker at its Second ITUC Congress in Vancouver in 2010. This is the very same individual who is responsible for imposing the brutal austerity and privatizations measures against which the Greek people are rising up. There must be no place for such people at our trade union gatherings. The trade unions -- whether in the United States or Greece -- must break their bonds of subordination to all the politicians, whatever their political stripe, who are implementing the corporate agenda. Once again, we are at your side in the difficult struggles you will be waging in the coming months. In solidarity,Participants at the Emergency Labor Network Conference Kent State University, Kent, Ohio (June 26, 2011)