Jenkins goes on from mis-representing the past, to telling his readers that the local AFL-CIO took Labor Day weekend off after having a Friday morning banquet.
Funny thing is, I just returned from Horton Plaza where better than three hundred members of a least six unions that I counted, joined with local activists in a protest demanding “Jobs Not Cuts”. Congressman (and Mayoral candidate) Bob Filner spoke, along with Congressional candidate Lori Saldana, AFL-CIO Secretary Lorena Gonzalez, and Frank Gormlie. There were TV crews from at least four local stations at the rally. And there was an earlier rally in support of the Grocery Workers just a few blocks away; the print edition of the paper even ran a teaser headline for a local scab tv station right next to Jenkins’ column.
But, according to Jenkins, “[local labor leaders] Wouldn’t want to clutter the long weekend with parades and fire-breathing speeches that, frankly, few would take the time to attend.”
Those things happen when you won’t be bothered to go downtown from the North County.