Protest Aimed at House Speaker Boehner
(Las Vegas, KXNT)-With bull horns and signs in hand, protesters took the the sidewalk outside of Las Vegas Country Club on Friday morning, where U.S. House Speaker John Boehner was to host a fundraiser for Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev.
Workers representing a vast array of unions, including culinary, iron workers, and electrical workers, were on hand to show their concern about what is going on in Congress.
Chanting phrases including ” No justice, no peace” workers peacefully walked up and down the sidewalk in hopes Speaker Boehner would get a glimpse, and more importantly, hear their concerns.
“There sitting idly by and playing politics with people’s lives. Whether it’s immigration, unemployment insurance or job legislation that has been sitting in Congress, while they do nothing,” stated Artie Blanco, Western Region Campaign Coordinator for the National AFL-CIO.
There were three top concerns for protesters, including failure to act on proposals to pass immigration reform legislation, the extension of unemployment insurance and the lack of creation of new jobs.
Iron worker Donnie Grayman made sure to show up to support his fellow co-workers.
“Unemployment is the biggest issue and nobody is doing anything to get off their butts to create more jobs and increase spending on construction, ” argues Grayman.
While the passion was obvious coming from these union workers, several say they are not sure it will make a difference. Still, they say they can’t sit quietly and watch without their voices being heard.