Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Big Union Joins The Occupy Wall Street Movement

The people are speaking - We are mad as hell and ain't gonna take it anymore.

This self-inflicted economic disaster was Wall Street's creation - as a result of unchecked greed and corruption.

And not only were they bailed at with our tax dollars, they are reaping massive profits from our misery.

In fact, as one noted international trader bragged:

“Personally, I’ve been dreaming of this moment for three years…I go to bed every night and I dream of another recession.

“For most traders, it’s not about – we don’t really care that much how they’re going to fix the economy, how they’re going to fix the whole situation,” he said. “Our job is to make money from it.”

And now big labor is chiming in and declaring enough is enough...

Labor unions and liberal activist groups plan to throw their weight behind the “Occupy Wall Street” protest in New York City that has now lasted 13 straight days, according to Crain’s New York.

A diverse coalition of people have pledged to occupy Wall Street until something is done about corporate greed and the financial system’s undemocratic influence on the U.S. government.

The protesters have been camped out in New York’s old Liberty Plaza, now called Zuccotti Park, since September 17.

Among unions, the United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 100 have said they will participate in the protest next Wednesday.

The Working Families Party,, Make the Road New York, the Coalition for the Homeless, the Alliance for Quality Education, Community Voices Heard, United New York and Strong Economy For All also plan to support the demonstration.

“It’s a responsibility for the progressive organizations in town to show their support and connect Occupy Wall Street to some of the struggles that are real in the city today,” Jon Kest, executive director of New York Communities for Change told Crain’s New York. “They’re speaking about issues we’re trying to speak about.”

The New York Times described the protest as a “noble but fractured and airy movement of rightly frustrated young people” whose purpose was “virtually impossible to decipher,” and many progressive and liberal groups did not initially embrace the protest.

The support of the “established left” has the potential to explode the numbers of people at the demonstration. TWU Local 100 alone has 38,000 members.

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