Solidarity Forever, MAFA 2020 Strike Lyrics!

Solidarity Forever

written by Ralph Chaplin; made famous by Pete Seeger
additional MAFA verses by Harold Engels
to the tune of Battle Hymn of the Republic

When the union’s inspiration through the workers’ blood shall run,
There can be no power greater anywhere beneath the sun;
Yes, what force on earth is weaker than the feeble strength of one,
But the union makes us strong.

Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
Solidarity forever,
For the union makes us strong.

It was back in twenty-fourteen, only six short years ago
That the faculty were walking on the pickets in the snow
They refuse again to bargain, and on strike again we go
And the Union makes us strong.


We fight for part time faculty, their job security
For the treatment of our colleagues with a disability
And that everyone is treated with respect and dignity
And the Union makes us strong.


If the other side were willing to negotiate at all
Then this could have been averted; we’d have settled in the fall
They can issue ultimatums, they can endlessly stonewall
But the Union makes us strong.