SAN FRANCISCO - May Day is International Workers Day and in San Francisco, like many other places around the world, workers came out to support each other and rally for better benefits and safer work environments.
Workers, community advocates, community members and environmentalists along with hundreds of supporters came together in front of City Hall to celebrate the achievements the Labor movement has made throughout the years.
Speakers focused on good paying jobs and the importance of opportunities for local communities.
In reference to the 2012-2013 America’s Cup and their hiring practices, San Francisco Building and Construction Trade Council’s Executive Secretary-Treasurer Michael Theriault had these comments to say; “Folks from around the country see San Francisco thriving and they say let’s jump in and take advantage of that…They think because we have our heads down working, we’re not going to respond…we’re gonna make some noise, we’re gonna let you know that you don’t come to San Francisco and mess with us!”
Today was also a reminder that the fight for equal rights is shared amongst all those who are disadvantaged.
Executive Director of the A. Philip Randolph Institute Jacqueline Flin affirmed this by stating, “…We have realized that [the Civil Rights and Labor] movements are inseparable. Today we fight for racial equality for all.”
Most importantly today, gratitude was expressed towards the hard working men and women of our city, as San Francisco Board of Supervisor John Avalos added, “Look at this, all around us, these buildings, our streets, our parks…all of these are built with your hands, and we have to honor that.”
This was just one of a number of rallies held throughout the Bay Area for the International Workers Day celebration.