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Biographies of the honorees

Labor Woman of the Year Award Winner

Julie Fisher

Retired member – United Food and Commercial Workers Local 5

Julie Fisher
Julie pictured on the right

Julie joined Retail Clerks Local 1100 shortly after moving to San Francisco in 1976 and worked for a while at Macy’s Paul Avenue Distribution Center. When she joined Local 1100 for the second time while working at Macy’s Union Square, she became a union activist.

Local 1100 was a feisty union under the guidance of Walter Johnson. Julie had the good fortune to become involved with other members and leaders sitting side-by-side as members of the Local’s executive board and as members of contract negotiation teams.

Going to rallies, to union membership meetings, talking with each other at work and after work…that is where the bond of labor was sealed.

She would learn later on from those unionists around her what was meant by “An Injury to One is an Injury to All.”

During these three-and-a-half decades, she admits to mistakes, has been part of successes and am still glad to be part of a worker’s movement that continues to establish progressive practices in our communities. Along the way, she has rubbed elbows with members from other unions, has gone through growing pains as Local 1100 became part of UFCW 101, which in turn became part of UFCW5.

During those years, she has been on Executive Boards, on negotiation teams and a delegate with the San Francisco Labor Council.

She is now retired from Macy’s Union Square. Recently, as a health care provider, she has become a member of SEIU 2015.

“Contracts and worker’s rights do not survive in a vacuum….reaching out and involving the community is a proven way to solidify improvements. San Francisco Living Wage and Jobs with Justice are two organizations that have demonstrated this over and over,” Julie said.

“Bringing together unions, churches, temples, elected officials and workers to raise wages or to create secure and reasonable retail scheduling are examples of what may be improved through community organizing,” she said. “I am proud to have been a part of that effort.”

Labor Man of the Year Award Winner

Rodger Scott

Retired member – American Federation of Teachers Local 2121

Rodger pictured in the center

Rodger Scott was born in Aspermont, Texas in 1936, the last of nine children in a family of farmers and ranchers who moved into town because they couldn’t survive working other people’s land. Rodger was a juvenile delinquent in junior high, and in high school was suspended or expelled six times in five semesters. He loved college, however, and received a B.A. in foreign languages from Texas Tech at 20.

Scott has been a teacher for 48 years in five states of the U.S. and in Japan, China and Colombia (as a Peace Corps volunteer). He served two years in the U.S. Army between the undeclared, interventionist wars in Korea and Vietnam and consistently protested the misguided, undeclared wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. He has held union posts for over 40 years and was president of American Federation of Teachers Local 2121 at San Francisco City College. Scott is a current delegate to the San Francisco Labor Council and served as co-chair of the Social and Economic Justice Committee for five years. Rodger has been active in organizations that struggle to stop unjustified police killings, especially of young people of color. He supports racial justice, economic democracy, free universal pre-school and higher education. He believes unions can, and should, be the brains and conscience of society with strong ties to community and human rights groups—and that unions should advocate for society and humanity, not just their members.

Rodger has been arrested in East Germany, Mexico—and recently for civil disobedience in Sacramento and San Francisco. He was deported from Japan in 1969 after 57 days in Japanese Immigration detention centers for anti-Vietnam War activities and sailing on the Quaker yacht “Phoenix” from Nagasaki, Japan to the People’s Republic of China. To protest his arrest in Tokyo for political reasons, he went on a nine-day hunger strike and lost 35 pounds. He believes the incarceration by the Japanese “Migra” was the best education of his life.

He believes the convergence of the Covid 19 Pandemic and the cruel but historically familiar murder of George Floyd is awakening the conscience and empowering the reason of humanity in ways the U.S. and the world have never experienced before, and this awakening will lead toward the creation of a global health-care system, a solution to the Crisis Emergency, and economic democracy that is based on peace, social and economic justice and international solidarity.