United We Stand, Divided We Beg

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson

We Are One rally in Greenfield, Mass. Photo: Rally organizer David Cohen, UE Local 274

The common in Greenfield, Mass., was one of 1.200 sites Monday where working people and their allies gathered for a day of rallies, teach-ins, and religious services organized by the AFL-CIO. The day was the 43rd anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., in Memphis to support the rights of sanitation workers to organize.

In Greenfield, a town of about 18,000 people, about a hundred union members and friends ignored raw chill and intermittent rain to show, with signs and voices, what they think of the governors of states intent on destroying public sector unions.

One of the chants:

What’s disgusting? Union busting.

People driving by waved and honked their horns. An 18-wheeler with a US Postal Service insignia pulled up alongside the common and nearly bowled us over with its blasts of approval.

I admit to a bit of sign envy.  The one I’d made said “United We Stand.” The one I wish I’d made had the slogan that is the title of this article.

This isn’t over.

To see Monday’s post and a video of Ronald Reagan praising the union movement, scroll down a bit.

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