[Editor note: Changed title spelling from “Where” to “Wear” — damn you auto-correct!]
In 1989, CWA Local 1400 along with our union brothers and sisters in New York were on strike. One of the New York members from CWA Local 1103 walking the picket line was Chief Union Steward, E. Gerald Horgan. 24 years ago on August 15th, Gerry Horgan was killed from injuries he sustained when he was run down by a “scab” as he walked a picket line while striking for health care benefits. The driver of the vehicle which killed him was a manager’s daughter acting as a “scab” during the strike. As she approached the picket line, she accidentally accelerated her vehicle, and struck Gerry Horgan.
He is the only CWA member in our 63-year history to be killed on a picket line. Typical of Gerry Horgan, the picket line he was on was not his own. The members on another line needed some additional help and asked Gerry to provide that help.
At the time of his death Gerry Horgan was only 34 years old. He was a dedicated family man, and very active in his community. He was the Chief of the Valley Cottage Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Central Nyack Volunteer Fire Department. He developed, and was Team Leader of the Mountain Rescue Squad of Rockland County, New York. The Squad’s primary responsibility is for rescuing people who fall, or get trapped on the sheer cliffs of the Palisades. Gerry Horgan was also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.
When Gerry was killed he left behind two children, Christine who was 2 ½ and Danielle who was just 7 months. They are now of an age where they can understand who their father was and what he stood for. We want them to know that their father’s sacrifice was not in vain and is still appreciated by the people he died fighting for.
So Why Red? Why Thursday? Thursday, because it is the day on which this tragedy occurred and red to symbolize the tragedy itself. Even though this tragedy occurred years ago, the Queens New York Local 1103 and all CWA Locals still support Gerry and his family!
So as you look for something to wear next Thursday, show your support to your union and remember your fallen union brother in New York, and wear RED!
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY isn’t about showing disrespect for managers or being anti-management.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is about supporting the Union in the contract negotiation process.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is having a voice in that process.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is protecting your job and your wages from being contracted out.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is saying that all our members deserve respect.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is providing employment security so our members and their families can plan for the future.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is supporting families and working hours that are conducive to our families.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY isn’t anti-management, it is pro-community. It is having a strong contract so we can live together as management, service representatives and clerks without having to live in fear that one day our job will be replaced and eliminated. And it’s about supporting your local economy.
WEARING RED ON THURSDAY is being proactive during this process so we don’t have to be reactive.
is showing our collective support for this,
our Union Contract, so we can prevent
showing it on the picket line!For all these reasons and more, support your local Union and yourself!
WEAR RED ON THURSDAY !