Steelworkers rally in solidarity with Mexican miners (with video)

CHICAGO – In 2006, an explosion at the Pasta de Conchos coal mine, in Coahuila, Mexico left 65 miners dead. Most of their bodies remain trapped to this day in the worst mine disaster in recent times in Mexico. Every year unions around the world rally to remember the fallen miners of Coahuila, and to demand that the Mexican government help the families reclaim their buried loved-ones.

Steelworkers led a rally including union members, along with faith-based, community and occupy activists last Saturday, Feb. 25, in solidarity with the Mexican miners.

Story continues after the video.

Solidairty with Los Mineros from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.


The group rallied at the Mexican Consulate in Chicago. In addition to demanding closure for the families of the miners killed in Pasta de Conchos, they also protested the Mexican government’s attacks on unions in Mexico. These attacks included federal troops killing two striking miners in 2006, imprisonment of labor leaders without charges, and the freezing of union funds.

The United Steelworkers (USW) has developed a special solidarity relationship with the Mexican miners union, known as Los Mineros, This has included not only solidarity with the struggles of Los Mineros against government attacks on striking miners, but also help from Los Mineros in dealing with Mexican owned companies operating in the US.

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.