Video: Chicagoans march on monthly jobs report

Every first Friday of the month, the U.S. Department of Labor announces its jobs report, which includes the estimated official unemployment rate and the number of jobs created that month. And for the last several months Chicago Jobs with Justice has held a press conference to evaluate the report and demand action on jobs creation.

On this first Friday, April 1, Chicago JwJ joined with U.S. Uncut and other community allies and marched on the Bank of America, demanding that the financial giant pay its fair share of federal taxes. Currently, BoA pays no federal taxes – and even gets a tax rebate.

Chicago Jobs w Justice Unemployment Protest 4-1-11 from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

Image: 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.