Video: Steelworkers support Madison public workers

Madison, Wis. – On day 6 of the peaceful occupation of the Wisconsin Capital, Steelworkers president Leo Gerard led a delegation of union members into the Capital Rotunda. Speaking to the crowd (see video below) Gerard brought solidarity messages from union federations around the world including Britain, Germany, Brazil, and Australia.

Speaking for millions of industrial workers around the world, Gerard told the crowd, “We stand with you! Not only is America watching, the world is watching. All over the world workers are fighting the same fight.”

Photo: Leo Gerard. Scott Marshall/PW

Madison State House Feb 21 2011 from Scott Marshall on Vimeo.


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.