Wear Red for Solidarity!
What every member should know
CWA and IBEW mobilizers often ask members to wear red on Thursdays as a sign of solidarity and commitment to each other. Why?
We wear red to honor
CWA Local 1400 Chief Union Steward
E. Gerald Horgan
On August 15,1989, NYNEX worker and Chief Union Steward for CWA Local 1103, Gerald Horgan, was killed in an automobile accident while walking a picket line in Valhalla, New York. CWA and IBEW brothers and sisters in New York were on strike for health care benefits at the time. A manager’s daughter—a hired scab during the strike—accidentally accelerated her vehicle at the picket line, struck, and killed Gerry.
Gerry was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, a dedicated community activist, and a family man. He served as the Chief of the Valley Cottage Volunteer Fire Department and a member of the Central Nyack Volunteer Fire Department. He was Team Leader of the Mountain Rescue Squad of Rockland County, New York, rescuing people who were trapped on the sheer cliffs of the Palisades.
Only 34 years old when he died, Gerry was a devoted husband and father of two small children—two-year-old Christine and seven-month-old Danielle.
We wear red to demonstrate that Gerry’s sacrifice was not in vain. His spirit is with us each time we pursue justice in the workplace.