BLACK LIVES MATTER TO LABOR
Support the Union That Walks the Walk in the Fight Against Racism
The breakout of struggle in Baltimore shows yet again: capitalism has no answer to the crisis it creates on a daily basis.
Even before the death of Freddie Grey, the Black Lives Matter movement had of necessity re-ignited — this time with a May 1 work stoppage announced by the militant longshore workers union in San Francisco as well as a pledge by the South Carolina AFL-CIO to use that day to protest police killings.
On April 18 in Boston, the sound stage for Boston’s first major spring protest against racist police killings was provided by USW Local 8751, the School Bus Drivers Union.
This righteous, fighting union, one of the first back in December to formally endorse and make a $1,000 donation to the struggle against police brutality in Boston, is still in the streets with the people — even with four of its leaders fired by the union-busting monster Veolia Corporation.
NOW IS THE TIME TO KEEP MAXIMUM PRESSURE ON BOSTON’S MAYOR MARTIN WALSH TO RE-HIRE THE FOUR WITH AN AVALANCHE OF PHONE CALLS, FAXES AND E-MAILS!
Call Mayor Marty Walsh today! and Keep calling!or fax him at 617-635-2851 or email mayor@Boston.gov. Demand that he order his union busting School Bus bus company, Veolia/Transdev, rehire the 4 illegally fired USW 8751 leaders (Vice President Steven Gillis, Recording Secretary, Chief Steward and Civil Rights Committee Chair Andre Francois, Steward and former 3 term President Garry Murchison and USW 8751 Grievance Chair and founder Stevan Kirschbaum).
The outstanding court victory for the union — the verdict of “not guilty” returned in a record ten minutes by a working class jury that saw through Veolia’s lies — was a major shot in the arm for the campaign to rehire the four.
It also underscored for the Boston 1% that this is a fighting union that won’t give up and will stay in the streets on Black Lives Matter demonstrations, fighting school closures and opposing the plan to push middle school students off the school buses and onto the subways.
This Means the rich are keeping pressure on Walsh to kill this union by NOT rehiring the four. We are still in a fierce battle for the preservation of this union even with the court victory under our belt! Make the call and post that you did so on the Facebook event page!
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