On April 25, GESO joined 2,000 union and community members marched through the streets of downtown New Haven to “get to work” for strong contracts, good jobs, organizing rights, youth opportunities, and safe streets. UNITE HERE at Yale members of Local 34, Local 35, GESO, and the Yale Unions Retirees Association turned out in large numbers for the event. The march, which began on the upper New Haven Green and proceeded down Temple and College Streets to the Yale Medical School, was both festive and powerful. Kings of Harmony, a New Haven-based brass band, led the way.
The march ended on Cedar Street in the heart of Yale Medical School. There, Kate Irving, GESO chairperson and graduate teacher in the History of Science and History of Medicine told the crowd, “for twenty years, graduate teachers and researchers have asked Yale for a simple thing: when we say we want a Union, listen to us and respect our choice.” Irving continued, “We need organizing rights to give us a seat at the table. We stand with community members and Locals 34 and 35 in your mission for great contracts and real solutions to unemployment in this city, and we look forward to winning a great contract for ourselves.”
Irving joined other speakers–including workers from UNITE HERE Local 34, Local 35, and Local 217, Yale undergraduates, and non-union city residents—in articulating a bold vision for building Union and community power to create good jobs and a stronger New Haven. Click the video below to view more photos of the “Let’s Get to Work” march and rally.