This video from the USA says about itself:
13 April 2016
Bernie Sanders has once again joined striking workers on the picket lines. This time he’s joined 40,000K Verizon employees in their fight for fair wages and benefits. Ana Kasparian and John Iadarola (ThinkTank), hosts of The Young Turks, break it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
“The influential New York transit workers union endorsed Bernie Sanders for president on Wednesday.
In an almost unanimous vote, Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents 42,000 workers, threw its weight behind the Vermont senator.
Later on the same day, Sanders spoke in support of Verizon workers on strike.
The Working Families Party posted to Facebook a video of Sanders’ speech at the picket line (which begins at around 22:00).
“We’re fighting a vicious corporation, but we’ve got a champion that’s fighting for us,” a strike leader said, introducing the presidential candidate. “Let’s hear it for Bernie Sanders!”
The crowd chanted “Bernie, Bernie!” as the self-described democratic socialist stood up on the podium.”
Read more here.
From Congressman Alan Grayson in the USA:
STRIKE – 40,000 Verizon workers went out on strike today. It’s the biggest strike in years. I salute their courage, and I support their effort to protect themselves against greedy management take-backs.
My parents, New York City schoolteachers, went out on strike frequently when I was growing up. There were two long strikes, one when I was ten and one when I was seventeen.
I was a sick child. I went to the hospital four times a week for treatment. During that long strike when I was ten years old, I didn’t know whether those treatments would continue. I didn’t know whether I would stay healthy, or fall terribly ill.
That’s a hard, hard thing for a ten-year-old to think about.
Now you know why universal healthcare is so important to me. …
The union paid for my health coverage when my parents were out on strike. That’s one reason why I’m alive to tell you this story today, forty years later.
Most of those teachers’ strikes were not about pay, but about educational standards. Our so-called political leaders wanted to boost the class size to 35. The teachers fought back the only way that they could – they walked out. Not to protect themselves, but to protect their students.
My mother felt so bad about her students missing school that she received special permission, from the union, to teach her students for free at a community center during the strike.
She and my dad and the other teachers stood together, they fought back, and they won. And a generation of public school students benefited from that. I am one of them.
If you left it up to the bosses, then every employee would be an unpaid intern. Or you would have to pay them for the privilege of working – they’d call it a “training fee,” or something like that. Most business owners couldn’t care less about creating good jobs with good pay – employees are a cost, and they work like hell to minimize that cost, in order to maximize their profit. Which is why Donald Trump loves to say “You’re Fired!” And why employees have to organize, organize, organize.
When I see my union brothers and sisters at Verizon go out on strike, I recognize how hard it will be for them and their families. It sure was for me. It takes bravery and determination to join together, lay your jobs on the line, and fight-fight-fight for better lives.
Verizon workers, I applaud you.
How many other public figures would have the guts to side with striking workers? How many other public figures even support the right to organize? This one does – and this one deserves your contribution of $10 today >>
Rep. Alan Grayson