Transport Workers Union Votes Unanimously to Support Occupy Wall Street

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Occupy Wall Street is in its 13th day, with support growing among factions veering from the "grungy unemployed hippie stereotype." There's the event led by two CUNY professors to protest the treatment of the protesters at the hands of the NYPD (Critical Mass has written they'll join in this rally, which may be preceded by a feeder march from Zuccotti Park consisting of other groups as well). Michael Moore, who's been involved for days now, is doing a book signing at St. Marks Bookshop (another cause!) with royalties on sales to go to support Occupy Wall Street. And last night, the Transport Workers Union voted to support Occupy Wall Street. We hear that the UAW will be showing support as well.

We spoke to TWU Local 100's spokesman Jim Gannon, who told us that the executive board voted unanimously last night at their regular monthly business meeting to support Occupy Wall Street. TWU Local 100 has 38,000 members, the vast majority of whom work in New York City transit. (TWU has 200,000 members in 22 states.) Gannon said, "A motion was brought up to endorse the protests' goals; I don't know why it took us so long to do it. Right now we're going to be involved in a march and rally on the 5th of October. We'll gather at City Hall at 4:30 and march to Zuccotti Park."

Why did they join? "Well, actually, the protesters, it's pretty courageous what they're doing," he said, "and it's brought a new public focus in a different way to what we've been saying along. While Wall Street and the banks and the corporations are the ones that caused the mess that's flowed down into the states and cities, it seems there's no shared sacrifice. It's the workers having to sacrifice while the wealthy get away scot-free. It's kind of a natural alliance with the young people and the students -- they're voicing our message, why not join them? On many levels, our workers feel an affinity with the kids. They just seem to be hanging out there getting the crap beaten out of them, and maybe union support will help them out a little bit."

Via Animal NY, here's a video of a woman who identifies herself as a TWU 100 member talking about support for the demonstrators.
Marvin Holland, TWU 100's political director, told us that individual union members have been supporting the movement and down at Zuccotti Park since day one, and that this was "a natural fit for us." He'll be meeting with some of the protesters tomorrow to talk about what kind of support they need. Will this help OWS focus their still rather undefined goals? "I don't think it's our job to tell them what their demands should be," he said.

TWU Local 100 President John Samuelsen added, "We plan to be down there from now on. Previously there were individual rank and filers, but now there will be a coordinated presence from the Transport Union; we'll be joining the protest, standing in agreement and solidarity. One of the things that drew the issue to my attention is the fact that no one can get away from the fact that the richest and wealthiest folks have received a significant tax break and there have been ongoing efforts to extract concessions from public sector workers. Their formula is to give tax breaks to the rich and balance the budget on people making 50 grand a year. These folks down at Wall Street are singing the same tune as we are."

Meanwhile, Critical Mass writes,

We are bringing Critical Mass back to its glory days, and bringing it to Liberty Plaza, where the police have been surprisingly bike friendly! Join us for a rally against police brutality at 1 Police Plaza first, at 5:30pm, then ride with us to Union Square, where we will once again have the sound bike and we will be joining forces with the radical activists of Liberty Plaza. They have liberated a public place, much like Critical Mass did with the streets of New York, and we will revel in this space and this freedom with them.

Related: There Will Be a Protest to Protest the Treatment of Occupy Wall Street Protesters

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Qwed02
Qwed02

So the TWU, which spends around $5-$10 million a year in lobbying politicians, is backing the Wall Street Protestors who want better representation in government.   Other unions, such as the UAW, support the revolution, peddle more influence on the Hill than many corporations, which is why there is a $2 billion subsidy in the Obama Care plan to fund union health care.  Remember, the public unions represent workers, their workers, not you.  You just get to pay for it.  So would the revolution include the dismantling of special union perks and pensions?

Mckeever Mp
Mckeever Mp

Hey Guys:

I totally love what you're doing. Keep it up.

Nothing else is working.

Here's an idea to get attention from the oligarchs who run our country now. Show them our power as citizens by closing one place each day.

Scout out a corporate business or government agency like a subway station or bank branch that allows easy access. Then send in way too many people so that the place is completely crowded. No one else can get in. Obey the fire marshalls if they ask for an emergency fire lane.

Tell all the employees and customers that you want the place to close for one hour in sympathy for Americans having a hard time. Ask for their cooperation.

Then leave after one hour. While you're there, act completely peacefully and lawfully. Don't take or leave anything - don't even use the bathroom.

You will get noticed.

Your supporter

mike p. mckeever, www.mkeever.com

The Admiral
The Admiral

To the Boys in Blue in NYC: We know you are tired, your feet hurt, you are wired on too much bad coffee and stale donuts and would rather be at home watching NASCAR on TV and drinking beer than dealing with proteters on Wall St. There are places the protesters would rather be, I am sure. The world is watching and would it be such a bad thing if the NYPD started acting just a little more professionaly? Is it really necessary to utilize batons and gas on people who are not resisting and who are simply trying to exercise their rights to free speech and assembly?Use a little discretion, take a deep breath, these folks are not the typical hugger-muggers you normally deal with on a daily basis. Which brings up the question of while you are all busy bashing heads on Wall St., who is chasing the murders, rapists and theives in Gotham? Where are your priorities?You behavior is a disgrace to law enforcement everywhere. This is not the 1960's and this is not Selma, AL, have you learned nothing since those dark years?Your actions are an embarrassment to the good names and heroic actions of all those of the NYPD who were lost on 9-11. Try to use good sense, good judgment and a modicum of restraint.

MAW
MAW

Since the enormous pro-life marches in Washington every January receive essentially no attention, this "anti-capitalist" (that is, communist) gathering also deserves no attention.

Guest
Guest

Feel free to protest against ' The Rich' ...

Just keep in mind that someone lower down the ladder might think YOU are rich.

Open Pandora's Box with care

Carter Cobb
Carter Cobb

Useful idiots.  You live in the freest country in the world and yet you vote for tyranny.  You will be the first lined up in the streets and shot.  It happens every time.  You have no conept of the fire you are playing with but live and learn.  Let me say this, I am prepared and know all to well what your intent is and you will regret what you have done.  Talk to the people who lived under Mao, Pol Pot, Saddam...  You are being used, every one of you who are sheep.

Patricknorrie
Patricknorrie

Am I paranoid, or what? I went to Yahoo and saw the line for this story. (my computer downloads streaming video fine) When I tried to open the story, my computer became sluggish and the Yahoo page basically froze. I shut down and restarted yahoo and the line for the story was gone. I took the option to display more news. No line on Wall St? Finally tracked the story, thanks to The Voice.

Could it be that the man is messing with our access to controversial stories? Hmmm! That would be a stretch. Right! I grew up in NY in the 60's and 70's. Partied Greenwich Village. I live in the PI now, but It's good to see that NY attitude in force. Good for TWU and all you other labor people jump in before it's too late!

Power to the People!

Roger Sunderlin
Roger Sunderlin

alright are they going to start burning cars and breaking into peoples business who are just getting by from taxation.have been waiting for this for two weeks.hope the hot dog venders are making a killing.

Karen Kennedy
Karen Kennedy

Confused about the date. Is it tomorrow or October 5?

Brandt Hardin
Brandt Hardin

The movement is gaining momentum after a week and a half andOccupy movements are popping up all over the country!  Stand up together and use your voice to giveto those without.  Tax the rich and feedthe poor- you are the 99%!  See my OccupyWall Street painting and Anonymous homage on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot...where you can also see videos of the protests and police brutality as well asget other sources for coverage of the movement.  

Anonymous
Anonymous

Get educated!

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then correlated against other online data to identify those people.

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home. Public libraries typically require your library card to be swiped and should be avoided. Internet cafes offer no safety unless the computer is public. DON'T WORRY if you've already posted from home because there is a considerable degree of 'security in obscurity.' Just don't make it a habit!

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Remember that your identity is not important... only your ideas... which can go viral. We love you. Good luck!

visitor
visitor

NASCAR? That's a low blow, dude.

John Drabble
John Drabble

That comment makes no sense at all. And how do you know it is a communist protest? Anyway the few communists left are a far smaller threat to this country than the Plutocrats who currently control it. The wealthiest 400 families in the USA have more wealth than the bottom 150,000,000 people. 46,000,000 Americans live in poverty. And you think the communists are the problem. Look around--we have and are being screwed by a wealthy elite who control our "democracy." It's a Plutocracy stupid.

John Drabble
John Drabble

kiss the whip hand dumbass. You don't even know who your enemies are.

Liberto
Liberto

I think you are missing the point. The protest is not symbolic of "class warfare"--it is attributed to the inequality of justice. Joe Schmoe is sentenced to 5 years in prison for robbing a bank after 2 years of fruitless job hunts and desperation sets in, yet those who perpetuated his circumstances--namely wall street crooks--are blanketed from consequence.

Goralph
Goralph

People you mentioon are the ones that we all worrey about, SO Demenstrate  and fight for whats right..

John Drabble
John Drabble

Yeah, Mao, Pol Pot and Saddam killed citizens they didn't like without due process. Just like Obama killed two Americans today. You think you live in a free country?  Heard about the suspension of habeus corpus? (look it up) How about the Patriot Act recently renewed by your President? What about the billions of emails and phone calls that are spied on by your government every day? Do you know that Obama claims the right to continue the detention of prisoners he doesn't like even after they are found innocent in a trial-should they be so lucky to have one?

Aita
Aita

Most free country?  Perhaps.  Best?  Not by a long shot.  Why not make America as good as everyone who lives there thinks it is?

These people are choosing to fight instead of be manipulated by others.  While I certainly lean to the edge of chaos, we've seen that absolute freedom leaves many to be trampled by those without ethos or empathy.

guest
guest

Maybe that should be the GOP's 2012 election slogan:  "We're not Pol Pot!"

John Drabble
John Drabble

Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean the man isn't out to get you.

John Drabble
John Drabble

You are just what non-violent protests need: an agitator to give the police an excuse to bust heads. Stay home and make the police deploy their provocateurs.

Jdoll
Jdoll

The protest against NYPD treatment of protesters is tomorrow; the TWU's rally is October 5.

Andriy
Andriy

Aita, make YOUR life better for your children. Find better job, start business, make better choices. Leave me out of the changes you want to bring upon us all.

Patricknorrie
Patricknorrie

So right! I was USAF for 21 years and worked in photo intel. Saw lots of shit that John Q never did! Go Wall Street protesters. Power to the peoplw!

martian
martian

Nah, she'd rather have her welfare check increased.  Who cares who pays for it.

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