Hudson Yards Rally

Labor Solidarity

Volume CIV, No. 11November, 2004

Local 802 members and other union workers rallied on Sept. 29 in support of the expansion and rehabilitation of the far West Side. The rally was sponsored by Local 802, Teamsters Joint Council 16, the Building and Construction Trades Council and UNITE HERE. The band GQ performed, featuring Emmanual LeBlanc (guitar and lead vocals), Thomas Gooding (bass), Chris Fisher (keyboards) and Harvey Morris (drums). This summer, Local 802 joined the call for the expansion of the Jacob Javitz Center, the construction of the new stadium and the creation of affordable housing and over 20 acres of open space and parkland. Local 802’s role will include chairing the Hudson Yards Affordable Housing Committee as well as a partnership with the New York Jets on a joint program to reinvigorate arts education in the public schools. As part of the deal, 802 was instrumental in maintaining the affordability of Manhattan Plaza for our members and other performing arts union members.