CA Labor union leaders reach out to faith communities

September 1, 2003

Source: The Mercury-News

On September 1, 2003 The Mercury-News reported, "About 140 labor leaders carried a pro-union message Sunday to South Bay churches, synagogues, temples and mosques, part of an annual nationwide Labor Day ritual in which thousands of speakers urge support for labor unions and their initiatives for social and economic justice...At the Sikh gurdwara on Quimby Road in San Jose, Phaedra Ellis-Lamkin, the South Bay Labor Council's executive officer, met with a dozen Sikh rental car drivers from Mineta San Jose International Airport. There are about 700 drivers at the airport, Ellis-Lamkin said. Many are Indo-American. The drivers have asked the labor council's help in securing better pay and benefits, said Gurmukh Sohal, a recent Santa Clara University School of Law graduate who assisted the group. The drivers make about $7.50 an hour, have no medical benefits and must be on-call at all times, he said."