Nearly 500 militant USW 8751 Boston School Bus drivers and supporters took the struggle against Veolia/City union busting to the streets surrounding the Freeport bus yard and Veolia Corporate Headquarters chanting “No contract! No work! And Veolia, We say no, union busting has got to go!”
The union shifted their eight-month-long fight into high gear demanding the rehiring of the four illegally fired leaders, a just new contract and joining with the community of Boston to say “No!” to the city’s racist austerity cutbacks and resegregation plan. The protesters rallied all evening then marched to Veolia HQ for another rally.
The demonstrators then took to the streets again culminating in a march/occupation through the bus yard converging on the Freeport driver facility for an impromptu “union membership briefing,” asserting in action the drivers’ contract right to “access to the property.”
The company’s illegal efforts to stop the meeting by calling in the police proved ineffective in deterring the union. Solidarity Day III demonstrated once again that USW 8751 is prepared to fight on until victory!
WW photos: G. Dunkel, Liz Green