Why We Wear Red

Red means sacrifice.
Red means solidarity.
Red means CWA power.

We wear red on Thursdays in memory of CWA Local 1103.  Chief Steward Gerry Horgan, our union brother was run down on a picket line in Valhalla, NY, during the 1989 strike at NYNEX.

 The four-month strike over health care benefits was just two weeks old when the daughter of a manager, who was working as a scab, accidentally hit Gerry with her car while breaking through a picket line.

Gerry died the next day, leaving a wife and two small daughters. He was only 34 years old.

Gerry is remembered as a natural-born leader and the epitome of what a union representative should be. He was a dedicated family man and very active in his community. He was the chief of the volunteer fire department and developed a mountain rescue squad to rescue people from the sheer cliffs of the Palisades. He was also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps.

CWA Local 1103 renamed its union hall “Horgan Hall” and has held a fundraiser every year since 1990 to help Gerry’s widow and daughters.

CWA members started wearing red to remind the company of the blood they had spilled and to show support for our fallen brother. The idea quickly spread across the country, and wearing red on Thursdays became an ongoing symbol of solidarity in every CWA workplace.

 Gerry Horgan – Died on the picket line fighting for health care benefits. Never forget how much those benefits are worth nor how much they cost.
- CWA Local 1103

 Our wages, benefits, and working conditions were won because thousands of CWA members joined the fight at the table, in the workplace, and on the picket line in every round of bargaining. Show management we’re sticking together and we’re ready for the fight. Wear red every Thursday!