Williamson, running in the 54th District, went door to door with supporters in Howard Beach, Queens, September 4. They met two Verizon workers who had recently been on strike.
Our fight is not only for workers at Verizon, said Yesenia Van Ooijen, a member of Communications Workers of America Local 1106 working in the neighborhood. She bought a Militant subscription and copy of Teamster Rebellion by Farrell Dobbs, two pieces of revolutionary literature the socialists are using in the campaign.
Its important youre standing up, said Williamson. Often the union officialdom makes concessions, thinking the bosses wont come back for more. But if theyre able to push workers down once, theyll want to push us down even further.
Residents in the area faced flooding as a result of Tropical Storm Irene. In the Rockaways you dont need a hurricane to get floods, just a good rain storm, said Raymond Ceballos, a building worker at Dayton Beach Park Co-Ops in Far Rockaway since 1992.
Ceballos is a member of Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, which has been on strike since July 7 against planned layoffs and a wage freeze by the board of directors of the apartment complex. Ceballos, a union steward, said strikers offered to suspend the strike during the storm. We wanted to help and have the experience, he said. The boards chair refused the offer.
Harry DAgostino, SWP candidate for State Assembly in the 27th District, traveled with other campaign supporters to North Dakota and Minnesota over the Labor Day weekend to extend solidarity to locked-out American Crystal Sugar workers. The strikers were glad to meet us and learn about struggles from other workers whove been hit hard by the bosses offensive, said DAgostino.
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