UAW Endorses Occupy Wall Street; Massive March Planned Today

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This morning the UAW -- the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America -- issued an official endorsement of Occupy Wall Street, which they deem "a movement for economic and political justice." They've said they'll commit resources to the movement and also activate their membership nationally "in support of reclaiming the American economy on behalf of working men and women, the poor, the elderly, the unemployed and our nation's youth." UAW members have already been showing solidarity at Occupy Wall Street protests and rallies in New York and in Boston on an individual level; this announcement puts the full support of another union behind the protesters at Zuccotti Park.

This announcement comes on the same day as a Community/Labor march to Wall Street that nearly 3,000 people have said they will attend (Facebook page here), many from organizations including the Coalition for the Homeless, Working Families Party, MoveOn.org, The Job Party, TWU Local 100, Communication Workers of America, United Auto Workers, United Federation of Teachers, Writers Guild East, Greater NYC for Change. Marchers will assemble at Foley Square at 4:30 p.m., then head past City Hall and to Zuccotti Park to "unite in solidarity."

An email from the UAW to participants states, "With all the press coverage, support for the march has grown with more and more unions and organizations signing onto the call. It looks like there will be thousands of people joining us. Also, please note that we do have a permit from the police to march so there are NO arrests anticipated."

Meanwhile, the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund has filed a federal class action lawsuit against the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg over Saturday's arrests on the Brooklyn Bridge, on behalf of five protesters who say that they and hundreds others were falsely arrested and prevented from leaving the bridge after being led there -- citing both alleged First and Fourth Amendment violations.

Update: The Amalgamated Transportation Union (ATU) Local 1056, representing drivers and mechanics with the MTA's Queens bus divisions, has issued a release announcing that they too will be joining in support of Occupy Wall Street and will be at today's march. I. Daneek Miller, President and Business Agent of the local, said in a statement:

"Without a strong and vibrant transit system, much of the economic growth over past decades cannot be sustained. And, as many know, MTA management with the concurrence of the state and the city eliminated core services in the boroughs. Less than eight million dollars would restore the cuts to the bus service. For example, Queens primarily depends on more on buses than subway and rail to move about.

"So while private finance forced the recent and past meltdowns, the conservatives and their media and elected official allies - doing the bidding of the wealthy elites - seek to shift the burden for financing the relief from that wealth sector to the public employee whose seamless contributions remain at the forefront of our civil society, and by burdening everyone with less public services that they pay even more for. In solidarity with this grassroots movement "occupying" Wall Street, we ask Americans to join our movement and the wealthy to re-think their thoughtlessness - after all they have much more to lose!"

Related: Transport Workers Union Denied Injunction Against City's Use of Bus Drivers to Transport Arrested Protesters; Suit Not Dismissed
Lawsuit Filed Over Brooklyn Bridge Mass Arrest [Gawker]

[JDoll / @thisisjendoll]

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Boston Park Plaza Hotel

The hypocracy here is rich.  The UAW rests on over $1 thousand in resources, invested $1.8 thousand in lobbying truly, and efficiently lobbied to include almost $2 thousand to subsidize protection of health costs for early partnership retired persons.

Guest
Guest

my Dad worked in the same factory his whole adult life. he belonged to the UAW, but he wasn't much of a "union guy" all those years, just too conservative by nature. once I struck out on my own at age 18 I figured out pretty quick that most blue collar jobs are basically a scam - you work all week at back-breaking labor to "make a living" - but they don't have to pay you a living wage.

I came to realize that if it weren't for Dad's union, we woulda been just poor white trash, livin' in a trailer park, no doubt. no big turkey for Thanksgiving, no new bike for Xmas. just pointless, soul-destroying poverty.

now that Dad's retired, he's got a lot of good to say about the UAW. he said if they hadn't gone to bat for him and his old buddies from the shop, they wouldn't be retired today. they'd be broke, unable to see their doctor, struggling every day, shit outta luck.

unions are the foundation of working class dignity. thanks for helping the Occupy Movement - we salute you!

chae s. sone
chae s. sone

[취재일기] 목사회 총회장의 '혈극'실종된 목사의 권위는 어디에서부터 왔는가?기사입력 2011-03-25 오후 10:50:00 | 최종수정 2011-03-25 22:50 ▲ 대뉴욕지구한인목사회는 임모 기자 폭행 사건과 관련, 피해물품인 1000달러 상당인 디지털 카메라를 변상한다. ▲ 목사회는 임 기자의 병원 치료비 일체를 보상한다. ▲ 목사회는 차후로 다시는 이런 일이 생기지 않도록 폭행 당사자인 이모 목사를 철저히 교육시키며 다시는 이런 일이 발생하지 않도록 최선의 노력을 다한다. 이상은 지난 대뉴욕지구한인목사회 정기총회에서 일어난 해프닝의 결과로 나온 합의서 내용이다. 합의서만 보더라도 짐작할 수 있는 폭행사건이 정기총회장인 S 교회에서 일어났다. 그 어느 때보다도 크고 작은 일을 대과없이 잘했다는 칭찬을 들어온 35회기 목사회에 찬 물을 끼얹는 사건이 벌어진 것이다. 결국 문제를 더 이상 확대하지 않기로 한 양측의 합의로 일단락 지은 해프닝이었으나 몇 가지 지적하고자 한다. 첫째 감사보고의 범위의 문제이다. 사건의 발단은 감사보고를 맡은 노모 목사가 "어느 주간지 기자가 1000불을 달라고 했는데 주지 않았다"면서 "(이에 대한) 보복기사가 나왔고 이런 신문은 퇴출당해야 한다"고 발언한 것에서 비롯됐다. 이 발언내용의 진위에 앞서 주로 회계와 사업과 관련한 내용을 보고해야 하는 감사보고의 범위를 넘는 개인의 소신 발언이 사건의 화근이 된 것이다. 이러한 소신발언은 감사보고로서는 적절치 않다는 의견이 지배적이다. 둘째 상식이 무시된 회의장 풍경이다. 회의장 안에는 회원들과 출입이 허가된 사람들이 들어오게 되어 있으며 회의의 발언권을 얻은 사람만이 발언하게 되어 있다. 즉 목사회의에는 회원인 목사들만 참석하여 발언할 수 있다.

그런데 노모 목사의 감사보고를 들은 평신도협의회장이자 당사자인 N 주간지 편집인 임모 집사가 회의장 안에 들어와 소란을 피면서 회의장은 발칵 뒤집혔다. 임 집사는 회의장 안으로 들어와 "경찰 불러!" 하며 "누가 노 목사야?" 하면서 큰소리를 질렀다. 더 이상의 정상적인 회의가 불가능했으며 새로 당선된 정 회장은 멍하니 단상에 외롭게 서 있었다. 회의는 의장이 주재하는 회의가 아닌 발언권이 필요 없는 난상회의로 전개되었다. 셋째 실종된 목사의 권위이다. 경찰이 출동하고 기자를 폭행한 L 목사가 구속당하게 될 것을 염려한 목사들은 이 문제가 전체 목사회의 일로 간주, 서둘러 사건의 봉합을 시도했다.

시간이 지나면 더 문제가 커질 것이라는 의견이 압도했다. 그저 C, Y, H목사가 수습에 나섰지만 그것은 포장에 불과한 봉합일 뿐, 회원들의 공허하고 쓸쓸한 마음을 채우기에는 역부족이었다.

솔로몬의 지혜는 실종되었고 말씀의 권위와 능력은 사라져버렸다. 대다수의 원로목사들도, 전임회장들도 침묵을 지키다가 조용히 떠났다. 이민교회의 슬픈 현실의 단면을 보여준 날, 비오는 월요일 아침이었다. 교계의 먹구름이 채 가시기도 전에 영적 아버지인 목사들의 어깨에 또 하나의 짐과 기도제목이 늘었다. 혈기를 버리게 하옵소서, 지혜와 말씀의 능력을 허락하옵소서, 영적권위를 회복시켜 주옵소서!  

Chae s. sone
Chae s. sone

DEAR EDITORS:THE TIME HAS COME TO MARCH UNTO THE CHURCH STREET TO CLEAN UP THE CORRUPT CLERGIES , ELDERS AND SO ON. ACCORDING TO KSBN NEWS REPORTS kOREAN CLERGIES AND ELDERS HAVE BLOODY FIST FIGHTS BECAUSE OF DISAGREEMENT ON HOW TO COOK JESUS MONEY. ONE JOURNALIST BECAME A BLOODY VICTIM TO BE SENT TO HOSPITAL. THERE WERE 5 POLICEMEN. BUT NO ONE ARRESTED. DIDN'T THEY VIOLATE OUR CIVIL RIGHTS? MARCHERS SHOULD CLEAN UP THE CHURCH STREET GARBAGE TOO NOW. THE BEATEN CHRISTIANS NEED YOUR HELPING MARCBERS BLESSINGS. CS

Brianschneckuaw259
Brianschneckuaw259

I marched with my union, the UAW. We marched together in solidarity to fight for economic and social justice. Millions of people are hurting because we comformed for far too long. We must begin to aggressively resist and that happens in the streets!

Qwed02
Qwed02

How much in $millions does your union, the UAW, spend each in lobbying Washington?   And will the UAW support all workers, or just their own members?  Will they open up their pensions and health care plans to all workers, specifically the $2 billion in subsidies for union member health plans under Obama Care. 

Otherwise the UAW cares nothing about the 99%, just their 2-3%.

The Angel
The Angel

The UAW spends very little in lobbying Washington as they only have one lobbyist.  As for the BILLIONS in assets, the UAW may have $1 billion which is mostly their strike fund and can only be used on legitimate strike activities.  

What the UAW does spend a lot of money and time and volunteer members on is local political and community activities.  UAW locals from around the country do a lot to help their neighbors by volunteering in senior centers, hospitals, for veterans, farm workers, teachers, health professionals, students and professors and other good and noble causes.  The UAW policy is good jobs for all,  The UAW is working for the 99%, not the 1% and they UAW cares about the 99%, not just their own.

Oversanitized
Oversanitized

This is what unions do in spite of what mainstream media tells you about unions being a drain on American business.  UNIONS GET GOOD PAYING JOBS FOR AMERICANS and stand up to companies that try and take it all away.  Imagine Americans making $15/hr and higher with benefits.  Wages that allow AMERICANS to pay their bills, taxes, child support etc.and have enough left over to....hmmmm...invest into the American economy, spend in the American economy!  What a concept!  An idea like this could catch on and create another segment of American society called middle class.  Pay AMERICAN workers a dignified, living wage that gets recycled back into the AMERICAN economy.  Let everyone have a piece of the pie.  The UAW caught onto this back in 1936/37.  Wall Street thinks that this can all get done with minimum wage, At Will Employment and out sourced jobs.  Good plan, Wall St.  Keep it all for yourselves and export the excess.

Qwed02
Qwed02

Apple's iPads are assembled in China due to lower costs.  Apple iPhone parts come from Germany (Inferion), Japan (Toshiba), Korea (Samsung).  Only Audio Codec (Cirrus Logic) and Bluetooth (Broadcom) come from the US.  Oh, and China is posed to pass US as the largest economy by 2016. 

It's not Wall Street, its the Global Economy.  China, Brazil, India and other countries don't give a crap about our unions and their bloated labor and benefits costs.  Think about that the next time you are trying to get something cheaper at Costco, Walmart, Amazon, etc.

Jobob
Jobob

Whats even funnier are the poor working slobs who are defending the greedy bankers....ewww, hipsters, ewww, unions subsidizing healthcare costs - tyranny, I say....enjoy the $5 debit card fees, suckers....Arbeit macht frei!

Idiocracy
Idiocracy

Qwed02, you read my mind. And they're joining alongside hipster assholes who have Mommy and Daddy pay their ridiculously expensive Billyburg rents as they while away the hours holding signs up against "the man."You can cut the bullshit with a knife.

Do these people honestly think they're more like the broke, work-for-a-living 99% than the wealthy, sit-on-your-asses 1%?

This whole fucking "protest" has imploded. If it ever did have any merit, it's now devoid.

Guest
Guest

Astroturfers! These first two comments sure look like the droppings of paid trolls.

These protests for change are a good thing, the bankers/brokers/lobbyists have ruined the economy. Regular people will soon be joining, no matter what the Mainstream Media and Astroturfers say...

Idiocracy
Idiocracy

But the unions haven't ruined the economy?

What about jobless hipsters living off someone else's dime?

I grew up in a place in this country where hard work meant something. I watched unions scalp my uncle for his thirty five years of dedicated service in a back-breaking job. And spoiled rich kids are assholes regardless of place and era.

And yes, I live here. (What the fuck is an "astroturfer," anyway?)

No paid opinions, bub. My common sense isn't for sale.

Qwed02
Qwed02

The hypocracy here is rich.  The UAW sits on over $1 billion in assets, spent $1.8 million in lobbying in 2010, and successfully lobbied to include almost $2 billion to subsidize health coverage costs for early union retirees.

The Angel
The Angel

I do think you are a paid troll. The UAW spent $1.8 million?  Not sure if that's true.  But, wall street spends at least $1.8 million per day in each state capital and tens of millions in Washington DC each day.  They have an army of lobbyists.  The number is over 50,000 in DC alone.  The UAW has one.  I think Wall Street has much better odds on this 50,000 to 1 and Wall Street spends billions to lobby politicians in DC and every state.  The UAW does not have any lobbyists in the State Capitols.

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