Durgin, labor representive for the State Employee's Union, discussing
the march route with an interested police officer.
Durgin is also an activist with the Labor Council
for Latin American Advancement. The LCLAA National and the SEIU
International Union endorse the May 1st Day of Action, when 12 million
Immigrant workers throughout the United States will demonstrate
for comprehensive immigration reform in the U.S. Union members in
over 130 major cities throughout the U.S. will join workers on May
1st, 2006 in a "Do Not work Day" and a "Boycott of
Consumer Products" Day.
NOTE: May 1 is internationally recognized as a workers'
holiday. On May 1, 1886, workers across the U.S. and Canada declared
strikes for an 8 hour day. On May 3 in Chicago, police attacked
the striking workers, killing 6. The following day at the Chicago
Haymarket as a rally for the murdered workers was concluding a bomb
exploded and 7 policemen were killed. Although it was never determined
who threw the bomb, the incident was used as an excuse to round
up union activists and anarchists. The police arrested 8 trade unionists,
who were then found guilty in a kangaroo court, and four were executed.
In June of 1893, the governor of Illinois issued a pardon, in which
he made it clear that he believed the men were innocent of the crime
for which they had been tried, and that the 8 men had been the victims
of hysteria and a biased judge.
In 1889, the International Working Men's Association declared
May 1 an internationsl workers' holiday in commemoration of the