I expect this will be my final blog post about the Sutter/CPMC strike on this site. So I want to take this opportunity to send out a worldwide thanks to all the bloggers who sent their thoughts, comments, solidarity and support over the 60 powerful and energizing days of the dispute.
This appreciation starts with our own CMPC members/strikers Emily Stone and Tom Reynolds who, nearly daily by way of this blog, gave compelling, descriptive, heartfelt and often amusing reports from the lines. Thanks Emily; thanks Tom. Your blog posts kept us up to date on matters along the lines and were morale boosters for everybody involved.
Strikers’ spirits were lifted, too, by the support and encouragement received from across the country. Bloggers from Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, Kentucky, San Diego, Maine, Florida, Ohio, West Virginia and elsewhere weighed in on our strike. Typical was a solidarity blog sent midway through the dispute. “You’re the backbone of America, and America supports you,” said Manteo from Brooklyn.
“Workers are the fabric of this nation and all we ask is a living wage, decent working conditions and respect as human beings,” blogged a member of the postal workers’ union in Suffolk, Virginia. “It’s hard to stand up for what’s right when few on the outside world seem to care, but when unions win we all win.”