May 1 was a rather busy day. That morning I was expecting to walk a picket line, but found out that the strike that was scheduled was called off. The Sunnyvale Employees Association and the City of Sunnyvale negotiated until 2 a.m. this morning and came up with a compromise agreement. They met halfway on their positions and managed to come up with an agreement that hopefully the workers will accept.
I had taken the time off to attend two May Day rallies in the Mexican Heritage Center in San Jose and in Rengstorf Park in Mountain View. Both were fun events. I took lots of photos and talked to a lot of the activsts and participants.
I was wearing my Sunnyvale Employees Association shirt at the two May Day rallies. When several people saw the shirt, they congratulated me on the labor settlement and asked me a lot of questions about the Sunnyvale Employees Association (many of which I didn’t know how to answer). They were all very impressed with the SEA for their willingness to take a stand. It made me more proud to be a Sunnyvale employee.
I first went to the Mexican Heritage Center. At around 2 p.m. I picked up my niece from her school. She is really passionate about social justice issues and she knows more about certain issues than I do. I try to cover up my lack of knowledge by joking around, but I don’t think she’s fooled.
The Mountain View march was a lot of fun for Phoebe. She met a few Filipino American activists, and encountered a classmate from her high school. We marched to the Mountain View City Hall, where the Raging Grannies were waiting to greet the marchers with protest songs.
Here are photos of the May Day rally in San Jose.