Thursday, April 22, 2010

VIDEO: Over 1,000 Rally and March for Striking Temple Health Care Workers

On a rainy Wednesday evening, April 21, at Temple Hospital on N. Broad Street in Philly, over 1,000 striking nurses and professional workers, and their many supporters from numerous other local unions and the community - including Jobs with Justice, let Temple University management know that union-busting will not be tolerated in Philly.

After several times around the hospital, marchers "greeted" arriving nurses with chants of "Scabs go home" and "Shame on you!" Departing scabs were told to stay home! Most of the private buses transporting scabs were nearly empty (one carried only six), and a van held only a single scab.

Police escorted a private car into the hospital rear lot even though the crowd of union supporters made no threats and acted completely professionally.

Many patients who were able to get to their windows waved in support of the nurses they no doubt wished were treating them instead of scabs.

This was the largest rally so far by the striking workers and their allies, and after three weeks the spirit of solidarity and determination to win is stronger than ever!

Count them! This YouTube video of the marchers who were determined to show that Philly is a union town - and will never be a scab town - was taken by Fabricio Rodriguez.

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