The editors at Marxism-Leninism Today mourn the death of an outstanding comrade, supporter, and contributor, Mike Jerome.
Michael A. Jerome died October 31 after a brave 19-month struggle against pancreatic cancer. He was 64. His wife Elise and son Gabriel were at his bedside. He was born on January 13, 1952, and raised in White Plains, NY.
A recent retiree, Michael played an active role in the Transit Workers Union, the World Fedration of Trade Unions and his housing co-op board. He was an outspoken activist against injustice and a voracious reader. He is survived by his wife Elise de Jong, his son Gabriel and a large family. His humor, will, and strength of character will be sorely missed by a multitude of friends.
A machinist by trade who worked in the wheel and axle shop at Coney Island Overhaul, Mike was devoted to bettering the lot of his fellow workers through fighting management and strengthening labor solidarity within his union. A committed socialist, he was a warrior for social justice all his adult life.
In his union Mike Jerome became the director of Grievance and Discipline in 2001, and later Health Benefits Coordinator. In an article printed in the union’s newspaper in December 2001, that reflected his philosophy, he wrote: “We need to stop the write-ups before they happen. That means building strength and unity right at the work sites and crew rooms…we need to build member anger at management injustice and use that anger to build solidarity.”
Mike’s memorial will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at the TWU Union Hall in Brooklyn. All are welcome to join his family and friends in celebrating the life of a beautiful man.
Please RSVP: Elise de Jong firstname.lastname@example.org
Memorial address: Transport Workers Union, Local 100; 195 Montague St. 3rd Floor; Brooklyn NY 11201
Correspondence: Elise de Jong; 477 17th St. Apt. 4; Brooklyn, NY 11215 :
Transport Workers Union, Local 100,