|ONLINE VERSION||VOLUME 106 - NUMBER 12 - DECEMBER 1997|
|"Union Yes" Bus|
|"The labor movement in the Pueblo, Colorado area is like
a Marine fire base surrounded by hostile forces," says Mike Thomas, BMWE State
Legislative Director. "Several recent hits on labor include the downsizing of the
steel mill and the focus of the local economic development committee towards bringing in
non-union employers, resulting in key votes against forming unions in the industrial
"The dominance in all of Southern Colorado by the pro-business and anti-union Pueblo Chieftain newspaper continues to allow it to spew propaganda that affects our members and their families. But now, we have an opportunity to stand up and be heard in a big way with a 'Union Yes' bus."
Earlier this year the Pueblo Area Labor Council of the AFL-CIO unanimously endorsed the "adoption" of one of three available city buses. The plan is to colorfully paint the bus around the theme "Pueblo Works Best When We Say Union Yes."
The cost of the bus project is approximately $40,000 for one year. By late October, almost half the money had been raised. The BMWE contributed $500 in June. Contributions can be sent to (and should be payable to) the "Union Yes Committee," c/o Michael E. Thomas, 2204 Norman Lane, Pueblo, Colorado 81005-3358.
"While some may write this off as mere symbolism," says Thomas, "symbols often rally people to do great things. The Chinese student facing down the tank in Tienamen Square or the flag raising on Iwo Jima are examples. We can hope for at least a small fraction of those symbols' success."