Skip to comments.Huge NYC Union March Set to Spotlight Occupy Wall Street Protest
Posted on 10/04/2011 4:39:47 PM PDT by mdittmar
New York area union members will join an expected several thousand labor activists and supporters tomorrow in a Wall Street march and rally in support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
The grassroots-grown protest is now in its third week, with a diverse array of people from across the country camping out in the heart of the financial district to demand Wall Street is held accountable for the schemes and reckless games that led to the nations economic collapse.
The mostly young Occupy Wall Street protesters are speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have profited on the backs of hard working people, says Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) President Larry Hanley.
Stuart Appelbaum, president of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), says Occupy Wall Street has brought into sharp focus a reality that cannot be denied.
Corporate greed is responsible for harming the lives of millions of working people and unemployed people. A small group of firms, banks, and corporations now hold trillions worth of our collective wealth and assets. That money should be invested in job creation on a massive scale and used to rebuild countless lives damaged by the recklessness that caused the recession.
Over the weekend, the 800 young activists at the AFL-CIOs Next Up Young Workers Summit in Minneapolis threw their strong support to the Occupy Wall Street protesters.
Wall Street symbolizes this simple truth: a small group of people have the lives and livelihoods of working Americans in their hands . We stand together in calling for a country that doesnt just work for the top 1 percent. We stand together to call for a sustainable future that doesnt begin with massive tax breaks for the wealthy and end with austerity measures and a jobs crisis.
Jim Gannon, a spokesman for the Transport Workers (TWU), told the Daily Beast:
We view the protests as young people who are articulating the same kind of things that weve been trying to articulate theyve really thrown a spotlight on issues that are bothering people, especially bothering workers like our members.
Click here for more information on the action which begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT and here for a map and directions. If you are not in New York, can also click here to join the Virtual March on Wall Street from Rebuild the Dream and MoveON. Follow the action on Twitter with the hashtag #occupyWallStreet.
just what van jones and the obama administration want.
Birds of a feather, parasites all.
This must be what Bloomberg was referring to...insiders information. Obama must love this “anti-the rich” chaos.
So, the "silent majority" supports Commie activists and union thugs?
So this is Obama’s October surprise a year early?
Crazy Glenn Beck said several months ago this was coming .
Yay, tomorrow is my day off! Of course I will be glued to FR....well, I usually am, but I’ll have an entire day!
Did all my errands and crapola already, so the only thing I have to do is shower, and brush my teeth.
The leader of the AFL-CIO makes HOW much??
Richard Trumka President $264827.00 $18513.00
Arlene Holt-Baker Executive Vice President $238975.00 $15163.00
If you shower and brush your teeth you are no longer part of the 99%.
the union thugs will provide the muscle for the election day violence just as they have in the past election cycles where it was treated as ‘lone incidents’ and reported only as local news in each community.
even the terrorist attacks by liberals on the 2008 gop convention did not make national headlines. even the trials and convictions were kept out of the press. firebombing and kidnapping plots and this turd world dictator has the audacity to sit there with scumbag biden pretending that the tea party harbors domestic terrorists.
>> the only thing I have to do is shower, and brush my teeth
Why would you waste time on personal hygiene that you could be spending here? :-)
It's not what they do but rather the reaction of the marxist administration that we need to worry about.
Wait until it turns violent.....
obambi has run five dollar donor sweepstakes to get people to make some small contributions to possibly win a dinner with barry. helps offset the heavy donations by the biggest contributions when you look at the averages.
barry make speak out against billionaires but he advocates millionaire marxism. he isn’t for those who are among the taxpaying middle class.
At least the commies are bugging their own kind.
Idiots. Greedy socialist worker unions wanting to shut down capitalism. Who’s gonna hire the stupid union goons when there there are no companies left to do the hiring? We don’t need no stinkin corporations. We can all work for the gubmint.
>> AFL-CIOs Next Up Young Workers Summit
“Up Young Workers” summit??!?
Man, that Trumka’s some kind of perv, isn’t he.
Hey kids, I’d stay away from that dude and his “summit”, if you know what I mean.
biden denied on tape knowing who van jones is and then had the cottonballs to claim that this protest movement is just another strain of the same civil unrest that fuels the tea party.
socialist-anarchists will have their riot even if they have to put up some cannon fodder patsies in front of the batons to use as human shields.
The mask comes off. OWS is misdirection and propaganda in support of Obama 2012.
Wonder what old stuart will say when windows are broken out of Department Stores?
Obama IS the rich...and the powerful and it is his cronies on Wall Street that they're protesting against. It's the classic tactic of dictators - blame everyone else for what you are doing. The slaves on the plantation are fighting for the slave-master.
Proudly part of the “1%”’er!!! Besides, it’s icky if you don’t!
But I will NOT do my hair....does that count?
Will they be getting time and a half?
Trumka appears to be in charge of suiciding the union movement.
Anyone want to join and take part in the violence?
No one will want to go union after this. What a moron.
Lock 'n load.
The Left is all in on this one. They are about to find they are riding the tiger.
“Sure wish these brain dead neocommunists would show their fannies in our neck of the woods.”
All blue state so far. Scared. So not utterly stupid.
>> But I will NOT do my hair....does that count?
Yeah, it’s good for a couple of points or so.
Hardcore FR fanatics like me chose a mom that passed on male pattern baldness so we don’t have much to fuss with.
If several thousand labor activists somehow have time for something like this, you know what the "labor" is NOT about: work.
The investigations of this administration’s crimes could carry us in to the next century!
It’s beginning and it will not be pretty. You will see the grungy kids replaced with bus drivers, iron workers, carpenters, and cops and teachers and their families. The unions may be less than 20% of the labor force, but they have an organizational ability that is a force multiplier or great proportions. If they are not stupid and don’t turn to violence they have a chance to move the country in their direction, unless the Tea Party can mobilize to meet them.
Are they going to protest Obama’s Wall Street Cabinet?
>> That also leaves me with more volumizing mouse
You sure you don’t mean volumizing *moose*?
I would suggest that this is a poor time for sluggish, thuggish agitators to gain adherents to their cause. And a piss poor patchwork crew of misfits to hook your wagon to.
This is no “grassroots-grown protest”.
This is a centrally planned program.
I live in Longview, WA, and the ILWU has been directed from outside the local region to wreck havoc at the Port of Longview.
The union here is losing popular support.
I made that same point to a Commie on Facebook. She claims that they’re all peaceful. Idiot.
Greed goes both ways. Corporations are like any abusive organization or being. They have power thru wealth. They use it to lobby government to protect their interests. They will cheat the taxpayer as long government looks the other way and corrupt gov officials. It is old as history itself. Unions began as a movement, but like all movements it becomes a business and then a racket. Both have been abusive and both have played a role in destroying common sense and trust in America. Now they want to kill each other to gain publicity. As far as I am concern, the best way to get rid of the left and greedy CEO is let come leftist fanatic shoot a banker and we arrest the leftist for murder. Now we get rid of both social pests. IMHO keep out of the fight, the leftist union and corporate bankers deserve each other. It is call God’s justice.
Time again to shut down a union plant and move it overseas. Why put up with all the horsecrap when it’s more profitable elsewhere.....
I have noticed a complete blackout on the part of the press in reporting the demands of these loons...
Thanks for coming right out and saying it...dummies.
Businesses and unions are hardly morally equivalent. Most of what businesses do lobbying has to do with keeping the government out of their business and pockets. Because the the government has become so powerful, lobbying is needed for protection. Microsoft learned this lesson through being sued on bogus anti-trust charges. (until the suit, Microsoft had no lobbyists and wasn’t “contributing” to politicians)
Because the government now dispenses so much money, many other businesses have to deal with government to stay in business. Some businesses have adapted to our increasingly fascistic economic model by becoming subsidy and rent seekers. These are typically “green businesses” and businesses that are heavily unionized. But farmers are also major government welfare recipients. Nevertheless, this is a small proportion of businesses overall.
American unions, on the other hand, have always been political and parasitic. The vast majority of American workers stayed away from unions in droves until they were forced in by FDR’s Administration through the Wagner Act. Since Taft-Hartly American workers have shown what they think of unions by leaving in mass. The only exception is in the government. There unions fit well - parasitic organizations serving parasites.
You might consider what you would do if you created a business or were in charge of one and had to face and try to hold off looting politicians and bureaucrats every day.
You just know that the GOP will not have the back bone to fight back & point out that these goons are in league with the socialist wing of the TREASON PARTY.But nobody ever accused the GOP establishment of have a spine or brains.
Martial Law on fast track
Will Ron Paul be joining them?
Then they will vote next year to re-elect the main culprit.
ACORN and the CRA are the other half of the problem, and most of the protestors probably support ACORN.
"There's a fire raging! Quick, bring more kerosene!" LOL