In Vancouver, global labor rallies for jobs

Vancouver, Canada – On day three of the International Trade Union Confederation’s Congress the delegates, from trade union federation’s around the world, including the American Federation of Labor – Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO), took a break from their deliberations to rally for jobs and a just economy for workers.

In a spirited demonstration outside the Vancouver Convention Center, speakers called for more action and street heat for jobs, taxes on the banks and financial institutions, re-regulation of financial markets, restoring public services, and defending labor rights, including the right to organize and the right to strike.

They further demanded a reordering of global priorities, away from war and towards peaceful green development and meeting human needs instead of corporate greed.


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.