Template:OtherUses Template:TOCnestleft John Bowman joined the National Organization of Legal Service Workers staff in 1994 as a midwest organizer. Prior to that time, he was president of Local 1834 of the United States Steelworkers that represented the workers at the Pullman plant in south Chicago.
As president, he led the fight to keep the plant open by organizing numerous rallies, meetings, press conferences and lobbying efforts. During the struggle to keep the plant open, he appeared on the Phil Donohue show and was featured in the documentary film "The Last Pullman Car." While the plant ultimately closed John led the union in keeping the plant open for two more years. John notes that Eugene V. Debs was the first president of the union at Pullman and he was the last.
Communist Party's May Day Salute
In 1995 the Communist Party USA newspaper People's Weekly World, published a "May Day salute" to the "heroes in the class war zone". More than 200 unionists endorsed the call, mostly known affiliates, or members of the Communist Party.