Because what’s a lefty protests without some skull cracking?
NEW YORK, Sept. 30 (UPI) — The union representing New York City transit workers has come out in support of Occupy Wall Street protesters demanding U.S. social and economic policy changes.
The protesters, who argue U.S. social and economic policies unfairly favor the rich, secured the backing Thursday of the largest and most influential branch of the Transport Workers Union of America.
Local 100 President John Samuelsen said the branch’s 38,000 city transit workers and 26,000 retirees share the protesters’ view that while the richest New Yorkers get tax breaks, lower-income residents are struggling financially and forced to foot the bill for what they characterize as Wall Street’s excesses.
“They see the injustice in that and are highlighting the injustice by protesting, and we’re supporting that effort,” Samuelsen was quoted in the New York Daily News as saying.
The SEIU along with the teachers unions will also be involved.
. . . Some of the biggest players in organized labor are actively involved in planning for Wednesday’s demonstration, either directly or through coalitions that they are a part of. The United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union Local 100 are all expected to participate. The Working Families Party is helping to organize the protest and MoveOn.org is expected to mobilize its extensive online regional networks to drum up support for the effort.
“We’re getting involved because the crisis was caused by the excesses of Wall Street and the consequences have fallen hardest on workers,” a spokesman for TWU Local 100 said.