Scott Walker not welcome in Chicago (with video)

CHICAGO – Last week, Wisconsin’s union busting governor came to Chicago. Labor, community and Occupy Chicago reminded him this city is a union town. Scott Walker was speaking at a 1-percenters Union League Club breakfast at their fancy clubhouse in Chicago’s South Loop. The Chicago Union Club is 125 years old and has always been a center for the corporate elite and the rich.

The Chicago Teachers union and a group of Wisconsin trade unionists bought tickets and filled six tables for the event. Dressed up for the occasion and disguised as supporters of the 1 percent, they interrupted Walker when he began his speech with chants of “union busting is disgusting.”

The story continues after the video below.

Scott Walker’s Chicago Unwelcome from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

Ed Sadlowski Jr., from AFSCME District 40, told the People’s World that Wisconsin unions follow Walker wherever he goes, “and we get great support from labor and community groups all over the country. The Union Club was shocked, but he wasn’t. He’s come to expect it no matter where he goes, no matter how elite the setting.”



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.