Video: Jobs with Justice, fired up, ready to fight

WASHINGTON – These video highlights of the 2011 Jobs with Justice national conference illustrate the grassroots fight back developing. Labor, community, faith, women, youth and environmental activists discussed, debated and got fired up for the fights ahead.

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis talked about the fight for union rights and justice. CWA president Larry Cohen called everyone to action in support of the 50,000 striking Verizon workers. Sarita Gupta led Jobs with Justice in support of the United Food and Commercial Workers union’s work to help Walmart workers organize for respect and better pay and conditions on the job. And Rev. Calvin Morris of the Community Renewal Society was honored for his tireless work for worker and human rights.

Jobs with Justice 2011 Conference Highlights from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.

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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.