Video: Chicago federal workers slam budget cuts

CHICAGO – Over 200  federal workers and their supporters used their lunch hour on March 16th to protest budget cuts. Many are members of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE). They work mostly in vital services such as Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Labor, Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs.

The budget cuts already in place and the even more severe ones being proposed by House Republicans threaten not only the jobs of these public workers, but also people helping programs that protect our homes, our food, our water and deal with dangerous disaster situations like nuclear plant safety and oil spills. Protesters called for an end to privatization in government services and taxing the corporations and the rich to preserve these vital public services.

These government workers expressed great pride that they are joining a rising tide of demonstrations around the country and the world fighting for union rights and fairness against corporate and rightwing attacks.

Chicago Federal Workers Protest 3-16-11 from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.


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.