This morning about 250 trade unionists and supporters joined striking Local 6 members for a spirited rally across from the Just Born candy plant in Bethlehem, Pa.
Participants of the solidarity event included the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 13000, Steelworkers (USW) Local 2559, CWA District 2-13, Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 375, Teamsters (IBT) Local 773, as well as members of AFSCME and SEIU. Also present was the Northhampton County Democrats and the Democratic City Chair of Bethlehem.
Local 6 President Hank McKay together with BCTGM International Strategic Campaign Coordinator Ron Baker led the rally from a Pennsylvania AFL-CIO event truck in the park across from the Just Born facility. BCTGM International Vice President Art Montminy, CWA District 2-13 Vice President Ed Mooney, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO President Rick Bloomingdale and Secretary-Treasurer Frank Snyder joined Baker and McKay on the platform to lead the crowd in union chants. When the large group disassembled, they joined Local 6 members on the picket line outside of the Just Born plant.