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"Save Collective Bargaining!" Rally in San Jose
by South Bay Report
Thursday Jun 23rd, 2011 9:12 PM
Short Videos of Rally to Save Collective Bargaining in the City of San Jose

1. Alphonso Pines of Unite Here Local 2, leads chants 1:55
2. Raging Grannies and friends get jiggy in anticipation of the rally :07
3. Introducing the Grannettes, young ladies for freedom; they lead a song 0:34
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San Jose City Council was all set to meet about putting union-busting measures on the ballot at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 24 in City Hall, so the South Bay Labor Council called for a rally on June 23rd. The city council is playing cat-and-mouse with its meeting times to avoid facing the public over the issue of ending collective bargaining.

Wisconsin‐style union busting?  Speakers noted that this is just like the Wisconsin legislature, which tried to avoid the working  people. But probably because of the timing of this rally, Mayor Chuck Reed backed down from holding the Friday planning meeting that would possibly have put a bad measure on the ballot. As Cindy Chavez said, by just announcing the rally pressure was brought to bear, which is good...but we have to keep fighting.  
Chavez, former Vice-Mayor of San Jose, was emcee for the rally that started at 5:30 p.m. in front of City Hall to protect collective bargaining.

Unions including SEIU, Unite Here, Steel Workers, along with teachers, nurses and many community members oppose the emergency declaration of fiscal emergency that the San Jose mayor is seeking, as it would mean the end of collective bargaining.

In these videos, Alphonso Pines of Unite Here Local 2 leads chants, the Raging Grannies and friends get energized as the rally is about to begin, and three young women sing about freedom to close the rally.

The Raging Grannies dubbed the last singers (who lacked a name for their band) "The Grannettes".
§Raging Granny and friend are excited
by South Bay Labor Report Thursday Jun 23rd, 2011 9:12 PM
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Pre-rally jig
§The "Grannettes" sing about freedom
by South Bay Labor Report Thursday Jun 23rd, 2011 9:12 PM
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To end the rally