Jody Meacham works with the South Bay Labor Council.

Union Workers Help Needy School Kids Even in Their Own Tough Times

Dreary as the national and local economic pictures are, San Jose city workers turned out Monday to donate 280 backpacks stuffed with school supplies for needy children who will be returning to school later this month.

That’s more than 10 percent of the 2011 backpack goal set by Sacred Heart Community Service, which coordinates the annual drive, for all of San Jose. It comes at a time when city workers themselves are facing financial crisis after a decade of wage and benefit sacrifices to help balance the City of San Jose’s chronically weak budgets.