Steelworkers honor Danny Glover and Ed Schultz (with video)


Las Vegas — On the final day of their International Convention 2011, the United Steel Workers (USW) introduced the union’s new Paul Wellstone award. The first recipients are: actor and chair of TransAfrica, Danny Glover; and Ed Shultz, host of the Ed Shultz Show on MSNBC. The award will be given to “recognizes the dedication and accomplishments of public servants who exemplify the late Sen. Paul Wellstone of Minnesota for his commitment to public service and the well being of USW members and their families.”

It is clear from the presentations and the responses that these awards are a way of recognizing leaders and activists in allied organizations who work closely with the USW and labor on a common progressive agenda.

USW International Vice-president Fred Redmond and President Leo Gerard presented the awards to Glover and Shultz respectively. Both recipients responded with remarks that hailed the direction and the content of the convention and helped fire up the delegates for the struggles ahead. (article continues after video below)

Senator Paul Wellstone of Minnesota and his wife, daughter and three campaign aides were tragically killed in a plane crash prior to the election in 2002 . Wellstone was a close and steadfast ally of the labor movement and worked closely with the steelworkers union.

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.