CHICAGO – Well over 2000 union and community activists turned out last Saturday to support battling public workers in Wisconsin and around the country. (video below) As a steelworker in the crowd put it, “We’ll be here every time. We’ll drive a thousand miles wherever. We’ll do whatever it takes to stop this national attack on our union rights.”

He went on to say how proud he was of the Steelworker strikers in Metropolis, Illinois who drove over a thousand miles to be in Madison in support of the Wisconsin workers. The Metropolis steelworkers have been on strike for over eight months.

Around the country tens of thousands more jammed state capitals and big cities in solidarity, while on Saturday over 100,000 turned out in Madison. What a victory for those occupying the Wisconsin Rotunda. The police have refused to arrest or use force to evict those inside.


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.


  • Really great video. But the elctronic soundtrack is too loud and distracting.


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