Video: Union thunder in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. – They came in with a roar. Bringing union thunder on Haley-Davidsons. Motorcycles made in Wisconsin by union workers.

The bikers rode in on the day before May Day to show support for public workers and to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s slashing, anti-people budget proposals. Union members, seniors, students and farmers joined them in a fighting, festive mood.

As one of the bikers put it, “This is a pep rally for tomorrow’s May Day march in Milwaukee. We are reclaiming May Day for all working people. May Day was made in the USA. It was a fight that was largely led by immigrant workers in Chicago fighting for the eight-hour day. We’re fighting in Wisconsin and all over this country. It started here and we won’t go back till democracy and union rights are restored in our country.”

Thunda round the Rotunda 4-30-11 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.