On Saturday, February 3, BCTGM Local 22 joined forces with the Minnesota AFL-CIO and the greater Twin Cities labor community in support of Franklin Street Bakery workers at A Taste of Justice. The event represented the bakery workers’ response to the Taste of the NFL party hosted on the same day by their part-owner, Wayne Kostroski.
BCTGM Local 22 President Bruce Peglow reported tremendous support from the labor/progressive community in the Twin City area, with an excess of 150 people in attendance and in the streets.
Also in attendance was Exec. Dir. of the NFL Players Association, DeMaurice Smith, who offered inspiring words of support to the workers, stating “When we found out there needed to be a fight in Minneapolis for fairness, and a fight for justice, and a fight for the people who actually do the work – [we said] you are exactly like every member who plays in the National Football League.” Smith asserted the NFLPA’s solidarity with the workers, promising “our union will always stand with you.”
The workers followed the rally and speaking event with a march through the streets of Minneapolis, chanting “Kicking hunger starts at home!”
The Minnesota AFL-CIO has been actively involved with the Franklin Street organizing fight at every level, pulling in the greater labor community in the Twin Cities wherever possible. “One thing I have learned of greatest value in this is the importance of networking and building relationships with other organizations,” Peglow said. “Their assistance and solidarity has been invaluable.”
Local 22 and the labor community around Minneapolis are currently exploring new avenues to build off the successful Taste of Justice, following a live Twitter storm in conjunction with the event. In true BCTGM form, BCTGM organizers do not plan to back down until justice is done for the workers of Franklin Street Bakery.