I'm a union ironworker by trade, so you can imagine how hard it's been to find work in this economy. Heck, there are more than 250,000 people looking for work in Massachusetts right now - but the jobs just aren't there. My friends in the construction trades have been some of the hardest hit by the recession, and the impact on other businesses has been pretty clear.
Meanwhile our roads and tunnels are crumbling. Bridges like the one to Charlestown are falling apart. But the politicians in Washington would rather protect tax breaks for billionaires than take action on jobs. They're standing up for the 1% instead of putting thousands of people like me back to work by making our roads safer.
That's why I'm marching with MASSUNITING, labor unions and more than a dozen community organizations on November 17. We're coming together to demand that our leaders focus on creating JOBS for the 99%, not cutting the services we rely on every day.
We'll be meeting at 4 PM in Dewey Square, across from South Station -- where I've been camped out with #OccupyBoston. From there, we'll march to the Charlestown Bridge to show people just how serious the situation is. Any ironworker can tell you that bridge is held together with rivets we haven't used since the 1930s, and there are plenty of others just like it across Massachusetts.
Personally, I'm tired of hearing about program cuts and new tax breaks for the rich. If our elected leaders want to fix this economy, they need to get serious about creating jobs to fix these bridges. The 99% need jobs, not cuts -- and we're demanding an economy that works for everyone, not just the richest 1%.
See you Thursday,