On Tuesday, February 9, about 200 union workers from the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, the Culinary Workers’ Union, and the AFL-CIO and Building & Construction Trades Council, rallied in the cold and rain to protest NV Energy’s plans to cancel its union contract with the IBEW and to cut retiree health benefits
while the company is making record profits, raising consumer electrical rates, and taking $130,000,000 out of worker’s pockets through tax-funded federal bail-out money.
While Food Not Bombs Las Vegas has no official position on the labor dispute, part of our mission is to support community organizing and protest by providing hot, fresh food to our fellow workers on the picket line. So on Tuesday, a crew of four Food Not Bombs rolled out to set up a table with hot food and fresh fruit for the picketers. Kaleb, Charles, Kelly, and new member Katie (a veteran FNBer from Omaha) handed out free vegetable soup, rice with onions, curried rice with eggplant, vegan green bean casserole, homestyle potatoes, and fresh bananas and apples. (Gail cooked up the soup and the rice with onions, and Dave and Gail’s husband Joe delibered the rice, soup, and bananas.)
We had literature available, but the rain made it difficult to hand it out. Still, we helped warm up quite a few people on the picket line, had a lot of great conversations, made some good connections with local workers and unionists, and got the good word and some good food out. Now if only we had the fundraising to pick up a booth tent…
Food Not Bombs will cater your picket line or protest. Part of the FNB mission is to support community organizing and protest, and if you are planning an event — whether a picket, a protest, a vigil, or an encuentro, if you’d like some fresh, hot, free vegan food (to warm up supporters, to give kids something sweet to chew on, to boost morale, or to just to put on a great community meal), be sure to contact us to let us know about your plans. We’re happy to set up just about anywhere we’re invited!