It seemed whenever I stopped by your headquarters I encountered new volunteers,
from different unions. Who all was involved?
tissue around the flower pots. Mira Weinstein (SEIU), Robin (local
1000), Rose Domingo.
CH: We had
the ironworkers, the painters,
DW: I think
the painters consistently started early as whenever I arrived I would
hear, oh you just missed the painters, and so I missed fotoing them and
the other early risers.
CH: And the
firefighters, the association of firefighters, sheetmetal workers, SEIU
locals, 250, 790, 1000, 1877, and the ILWU (longshore and warehouse workers),
bakers, and lots of ACORN.
(SEIU local 535) demonstrates a properly tissued flower pot.
of labor neighbor, was very helpful.
I also got a lot of help from Sandy and Ted Sheedy. Sandy talked to people
about me, the firefighters and police officer's association, and some
of the building trades people.
And Ted was very good. He brought political experience, and volunteered
to do certain things.
DW: We were
a diverse group, and it felt good working together.
CH: Yeah it
did, it felt good. In fact a lot of people left the campaign, even though
we lost, with really good feelings-- feeling inspired, feeling change
could happen. They felt something happened and they didn't want it to
being instructed in the delivery of flowers.
us to build on it.
That is what the lesson is in any campaign, win or lose-- the process.
I learned it in union campaigns. The process is important. When the campaign
ends, what will we leave behind us, and what happens with that? What did
Now it will be a task for me, especially, since I am the link between
local 1000 and some of the other organizations, to maintain the recently
Guiterrez (local 1000) on the floor phone banking at local 250's offices.
Volunteers outnumbered the available chairs and desks..
We must keep working with the central labor council, and work with ACORN,
and build something in those monthly meetings with the other SEIU locals.
This is new for local 1000.
These things that you work on together, where you make connections and
build relationships, this is what will strengthen the labor movement and
make things work better for us in the future.