We want "papers" (legal status) and justice.
Again today, immigrant workers made their claim to be the backbone of the contemporary U.S. working class, hiking up Market Street to a rally in San Francisco's Civic Center. For many citizens, Labor Day signals the beginning of the election campaign season. Labor day rallies have long showcased Democratic politicians -- but these folks had their own demands.
The San Jose Mercury News reported their message:
This guy was blowing a conch shell.
Unite Here Local 2 is the union representing San Francisco hotel employees, many of them immigrants. Workers at 13 hotels are bargaining for a new contract; in fact on August 25, they voted by a margin of 2,241-168 to authorize a strike if negotiations fail. Since the Market St. route passed two of the target hotels, Local 2 members took advantage of the opportunity to build support.
... with a picket line outside the Palace Hotel..
and signs in front of the Four Seasons.
Our future was all smiles on the march today.