Imagine being hired to assemble planes at Embraer in Brazil and then being forced to do janitorial work, all because you’re a woman. Then, imagine the company calling the local psychiatric hospital and telling them to put you in a strait-jacket and take you away from the shop floor. That’s what happened to Telma Cristina De Souza Martimiano, a Brazilian metalworker who worked at Embraer from 2004-2009.  She was recently part of a worker exchange program between Brazilian union members and the IAM and she used to trip to educate American workers about her experience and what they can do to help her cause. 

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