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Message to San José City Hall: "We Will NOT Go the Way of Wisconsin!"
Photos by Kim Kinoshita
At Thursday's rally in front of City Hall the labor movement's message to mayor Chuck Reed was this: We'll be back. And we will keep coming back until you honor the rights of workers to collective bargaining.
Cindy Chavez of the South Bay Labor Council led the rally. Chavez is former Vice-Mayor of the city of San José, and ran against Reed in 2006 for the mayoral position. She is one of the most vocal supporters of San José's unions.
Top Photo: Chavez introduces entertainers at the event. The three young women behind her sang their own version of Aretha Franklin's song "Freedom". Alphonso Pines of Unite Here Local 2 (in brown shirt) led chants. At right, several of the Raging Grannies are ready to sing a bilingual song they wrote for the event, to the tune of "Yellow Rose of Texas".
Estamos trabajando por la justicia
Queremos beneficios para las familias
Queremos appoyarlos en su buena lucha
Vivimos todos juntos en la comunidad
We are here to rally now and stop the mayor's plan
Collective bargaining's a right, for that we take a stand
This union busting's got to stop, their tactics we abhor
We're tired of this disrespect, we Grannies say No More!