WRITER: FAIROUZ ABU-GHAZALEH
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 9, 1999
CIVIC visitors to discuss organized labor at Sept.
14 ICFRC event
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Five international participants
of a multi-regional project will visit Iowa City and speak on "Organized Labor
and the Market Economy" at an Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC)
supper meeting. The event will be at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14, in the Fellowship
Hall of the Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St., Iowa City, and is open
to the public.
The group members are: Ruben Cortina, advisor, International
Affairs Secretariat, Union of Commercial and Services Employees, Argentina;
Aebhric McGibney, economist, Irish Business and Employers Confederation, Ireland;
Ravindra Peiris, assistant secretary general, Employers Federation, Sri Lanka;
Jinno Nkambule, deputy commissioner of labor, Government of Swaziland, Swaziland;
and Abla Masrujeh, women's coordinator, Department of Women's Issues, Palestinian
General Federation of Trade Unions, West Bank (Palestine).
Taste of China will cater the meal at the ICFRC supper
meeting. The cost is $6.50 for members and $8 for non-members. The deadline
to register for the supper is noon on Monday, Sept. 13. Checks may be written
to the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council and mailed to ICFRC, 120 International
Center, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1802. ICFRC is unable to take reservations by
phone but last-minute adjustments may be made.
For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry this
program Wednesday, Sept. 15, following the noon news.
The Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities
(CIVIC) and ICFRC are co-hosting the five visitors who will be in eastern
Iowa Sept. 12-15 under the auspices of the U.S. Information Agency's International
The participants will also attend a plenary session
of the Communications Workers of America District 7 Leadership Conference,
organized by the Labor Center at the University of Iowa. The conference will
be held Sept. 12-17 at the Iowa Memorial Union.
Interviews with the visitors can be arranged. For
more information or a complete itinerary, call Tom Baldridge, CIVIC and ICFRC
executive director, at 335-0351.
The Iowa City Foreign Relations Council 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
CIVIC is a community organization of volunteers serving
and hosting international visitors as a means to promote international understanding
on a person-to-person basis. It is one of two such organizations in Iowa that
accommodates the U.S. Information Agency's International Visitor Program (IVP).
IVP is a professional exchange program administered by the Bureau of Educational
and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Information Agency.
ICFRC and CIVIC are part of UI 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 for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize
the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teachers.