Video: Fighting for Chicago mass transit

CHICAGO – Last Thursday transit workers and environmental activists rallied here in support of mass transit. (See video below.) Spurred on by the Republican moves in Congress to cut transportation funding, angry bus drivers, subway workers and community environmental activists called on their representatives to increase funding. They argued cuts would kill transit jobs and endanger the jobs, health and safety of riders.

Speakers noted that demonstrations from Cairo, Egypt, to Madison, Wisconsin, are fighting for jobs and justice for working people. They noted that similar fights to save mass transit are happening all over the country. They hailed the hard work and bravery of transit workers during the huge snowstorm that struck Chicago last month. They also gave examples of how transit cuts have already hurt many in the Chicago area.

Image/video: PW/Scott Marshall



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.