04/09/2007 Monterrey, Mexico
is with pain and sadness that we report the tragic murder of one of our
Monterrey, Mexico office staff-members, Santiago Rafael Cruz. We struggle
to keep tragedies from occurring in the fields, but it is equally painful
to have them occur in
our work environment.
While we have no official police reports, friends who found the body this
morning in the FLOC Monterrey office said that he had been tied-up and
beaten to death.
FLOC has asked the National AFL-CIO and Congressman Marcy Kaptur’s office
to request that our State Department press the Mexican Government to
conduct a thorough and speedy investigation to bring the perpetrators to
Since our breakthrough agreement in North Carolina in 2004, FLOC has had
to battle against anti-union hostility in the South’s “right-to-work”
environment. We have put up with constant attacks in both the U.S. and
Mexico—including having our office burglarized and broken into several
times and a number of other attempted break-ins. Now the attacks have come
FLOC will respond to this attack in a disciplined but forceful manner at
the appropriate time. For now, we will focus on Santiago and his family to
make sure his body is returned home, and minister to those who loved him.
Santiago spent years defending his countrymen’s rights in the U.S. and
Mexico. His life and service will be missed but not forgotten.
For further information please contact:
Baldemar Velasquez 419-297-7526
Leticia Zavala 919-394-7797
People wishing to donate money to help with transporting Santiago’s body
home, his funeral, and other expenses can make a check payable to:
C/O Santiago Tragedy Fund
1221 Broadway St
Toledo, OH 43609
La Floc è un organismo
sindacale di lavoratori salariati dell'agricoltura attivo negli Stati
Uniti e in Messico, composto in larga misura (se non solo) da immigrati,
per lo più latino-americani, che è stato capace di strappare un contratto
collettivo ai proprietari terrieri e alle società agro-alimentari nel nord-Carolina.