DELIVERING THE MESSAGE (Clockwise,
from top, left): Polly Halfkenny (UE) with jester's cap; Senator Santorum's aid
prepares to meet with rally participants; Pres. Tom Debruin and and Vice Pres. Neal Bisno
(1199P/SEIU), Peter Gilmore (UE), Courtney Maloney; Pat Rafferty, Business Agent, UE Local
506, Donna Kramer, Political Action Chair, UE local 506; John Hinshaw sports jester's cap;
Milt Wolfson, Maryellen Hayden, Thomas Merton Center; Sue Smock, Local 506; outside at the
rally, Molly Rush, Thomas Merton Center, Pres. Ed Cloonan (Independent State Store Union),
Anne McLemore (UNITE, CLUW), Steve Tormey (UE).
"Most Foolish Policy Award"
The Pittsburgh Metro Chapter of the Labor Party
celebrated April Fools Day by attempting to present U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.) the
"Most Foolish Public Policy Initiative of the Year" award because of his
advocacy of Social Security privatization. (Santorum wasnt in and his aides refused
the award the jester's hat shown above.)
As UEs Steve Tormey told the rally outside
Santorums office, "Rick says its unjust to cut benefits, but its
exactly what hes doing." A contingent from UE Local 506 and UE Local 623
members joined representatives of SEIU, UNITE and other unions and citizens groups to make
the point: "Scrap the Cap ... Save Social Security!"
For more information on stopping
the attacks on Social Security,
check out UE Political Action.