Chicago labor to march for jobs

Under the banner of “Good Jobs Now! Make Wall Street Pay” Chicago labor and allies will be marching on LaSalle Street, Chicago’s version of Wall Street. The march on Wednesday, April 28th (11am, Willis Tower, 233 S. Wacker Dr.) is part of a series of demonstrations aimed at the banks and big investment houses. Chicago’s action is aimed at Goldman Sachs, headquartered in the Willis Tower, formally the Sears Tower. The Chicago action is the day before Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, will lead a demonstration on Wall Street. Other major actions are also being planned around the country. You can look for an event in your area here.

Reflecting the rising tide of struggle, April 28th will be a very busy day in action for jobs in Chicago. Chicago Jobs w/ Justice, also a big mobilizer for the march on LaSalle Street, is hosting a Worker’s Rights Board on the jobs crisis. These Jobs w/ Justice forums have been very effective around the country. This one will feature the voices of workers from every sector of the economy and what needs to be done to put people back to work.

Meanwhile momentum is still building for Congressman George Miller’s Local Jobs for America Act (HR 4812). At latest count 150 members of Congress have enlisted as co-sponsors. You can check to see if your representative has signed on at this website. If not get your friends, co-workers and neighbors to call, email and write letters asking them to co-sponsor.

Another critical jobs bill was introduced last week by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa. Titled the Keep Our Educators Working Act of 2010 (S. 3206). Estimates are that between 100,000 and 300,000 public education jobs are in danger of being cut before the beginning of next year’s school year. The Harkin Bill is an emergency piece of legislation that will help save those jobs. Read the bill here.

Photo: Scott Marshall/PW




Scott Marshall
Scott Marshall

Scott Marshall is a vice chair of the Communist Party and chair of its Labor Commission. Scott grew up in Virginia where he first became active in the civil rights movement in high school, working on voter registration and anti-Klan projects in rural Southern Virginia and Tennessee. He was also active against the war in Vietnam.

Scott has been a life long trade unionist and was active in rank and file reform movements in the Teamsters, Machinists and Steelworkers unions in the 1970s and '80s. He was co-chair of the Save Our Jobs committee of USWA local 1834 at Pullman Standard in Chicago and active in nationwide organizing against plant shutdowns and layoffs. He was a founder of the unemployed organization Jobs or Income Now (Join), in Chicago, and the National Congress of Unemployed Organizations in the 1980s.

Scott has worked for the Communist Party since 1987 when he became the district organizer for the party in Illinois, a post he held until he was elected chair of the National Labor Commission in 1997. Scott remains active in SOAR (Steelworkers Active Organized Retirees). He lives in Chicago.