Hundreds of union members and community activists gathered under a cloudy sky at City Hall Park in Manhattan for a May Day rally.
May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day, is a day when workers let their voices be heard. In cities and towns throughout the world, working families celebrate the hard work and determination of laborers and demand action on senseless deportations that hurt workers, families and communities.
PEF President Susan M. Kent was among the labor leaders who spoke out in support of workers’ rights, the Dream Act, safety on the job, fair contracts and fair wages. She engaged a rousing crowd as she passionately talked about the plight of working families and the endless contributions they provide in communities across the state.
More than a hundred PEF members were easily spotted in the crowd as they wore their red PEF SOS shirts and carried their division banners. Members joined the march from PEF Regions 10, 11 and 12.
The Central Labor Council of New York City sponsored the event that attracted members and leaders from dozens of labor organizations. Kent was also joined by PEF-elected officers Secretary-Treasurer Carlos Garcia, and Region 10 Coordinator Sheik Nabijohn.
International Workers’ Day is the commemoration of the May 4, 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago. Workers were striking for an 8-hour workday. Police broke the picket line by firing on the workers, killing four demonstrators.