Indianapolis – Hundreds of union members and their supporters drowned out the Indiana Republican House Caucus on Monday (Day 8) as they tried to hold a rump hearing session on their proposed anti-workers legislation. Most Democratic House members are in Illinois to avoid a quorum as a way of stalling the Republican anti-worker agenda.

Danny Glover, wearing his union activist hat, joined the protesters with a rousing message of support.  (video below) State Senator Vi Simpson also addressed the union crowd saying that workers didn’t start this class warfare, but that workers, supporters and the Democrats are sure ready to fightback.


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.