“Union busting is disgusting”
Please support our sisters and brothers fighting anti-worker austerity and repression in Boston. Local 8751 supported the International People’s Assembly held in Detroit on October 5 and 6 in Grand Circus Park with a generous donation. It’s now our turn to show them our support and solidarity with a donation, however large or small.
Happy New Year!
The last few days of the year are also the last few days of the fundraising campaign for the wrongly fired Boston school bus drivers.
These union leaders were singled out for their consistently progressive, pro-union and pro-people stand – as well as for the rights and benefits they’ve been able to win for their members over the years.
We’re making a big push to try to reach $10,000 by January 1. Please help by forwarding this email to your contacts. Feel free to donate, but make sure to spread the word!
January will see the fightback against union-busting shift into high gear, with two major Boston events: a follow-up city council hearing investigating Veolia’s breach of contract, and “Solidarity Day 2,” another major demonstration in support of Local 8751. The dates are to be determined, and will be announced soon!
This fundraising campaign is what will allow the fired leaders of the union to keep fighting.
Boston is the latest hotspot of a union in battle with the vicious union-busting tactics of Veolia Transportation. In Phoenix, Veolia provoked a strike with public transportation unions and bilked the city for tens of millions of dollars. In Florida, Veolia flew scabs in from all over the country and hired round-the-clock armed security when the bus drivers there went on strike.
Veolia has also been singled out by UN officials for its support of illegal settlements in Palestine. Veolia is well established as a despicable corporation — but it is not operating on its own. It was brought into Boston by forces who have wanted to decapitate the leadership of Local 8751 for decades. After the October 8 lockout, Boston’s outgoing Mayor Menino held multiple press conferences calling for the drivers to be fired.
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Union-busting, illegal-settlement-supporting Veolia has been defeated before. In Florida, St. Louis, Indianapolis and other cities, Veolia has been kicked out. Keep up the pressure — the next peoples’ victory against Veolia will be in Boston!