“Occupy Wall Street” Getting Big Union Boost.


Major news outlets have criticized the Occupy Wall Street Movement for failing to achieve its initial goal of 20,000 participants and for lacking a cohesive set of demands. But as the occupation enters its third week, thousands of hardworking Americans are poised to join its ranks.

Over the past few days, several major labor unions have endorsed the protests. And word on the internet is that union members will soon begin joining the fray to voice their disapproval of the government’s failure to protect workers from corporate greed.

Participating unions include United Federation of Teachers; two sections of the Service Employees International Union; Workers United; and the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which stated:

Young people face a bleak future with high unemployment, and minimum wage jobs. Public sector workers face Mayors and Governors who demand massive wage and benefits givebacks or face thousands of layoffs. That’s not bargaining. That’s blackmail.

The TWU Local 100 Executive Board is united in our determination that this state of affairs is dangerous for America and destructive to its citizenry. We support the Wall Street protesters and their goal to reduce inequality and support every American’s right to a decent job, health care, and retirement security.

Tweets and other messages from TWU members in NYC indicate that the union plans on joining the Closing Bell March at 4:00 on Friday, October 1st.

Earlier this week, Occupy Wall Street protesters demonstrated their solidarity with American workers by participating in protests by postal carriers, pilots, and art handlers in the New York City area.

“I think it’s a tactic and a valid tactic to call attention to a problem,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka on Friday. “Wall Street is out of control. We have three imbalances in this country — the imbalance between imports and exports, the imbalance between employer power and working power, and the imbalance between the real economy and the financial economy. We need to bring back balance to the financial economy, and calling attention to it and peacefully protesting is a very legitimate way of doing it.”

Getting Radiohead to play a surprise show for protesters is another way to call attention to a cause, but for now, those rumors remain unconfirmed.  Source: , Care2.com.

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Posted on October 1, 2011, in Economy & HR, Labor Relations and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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