Occupy Wall Street Protesters Gain Support From Labor Groups

Wall Street protesters were joined by unions Wednesday.

Occupy Wall Street protesters have won the support of New York labor groups, who say that the protesters represent a cause they believe in. 


New York City labor unions and community groups have pledged to join in a massive rally scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5 after voting unanimously to endorse the Occupy Wall Street movement. 


The executive board of the New York Transit Workers Union (TWU Local 100) also announced that they will use an Oct. 12 rally planned prior to Occupy Wall Street to express solidarity, reported the International Business Times. 


Jim Gannon, a spokesperson for the TWU Local 100 told the International Business Times, "These young folks are out there and they're singing our tune, and they're saying what we've been saying for quite some time that the so-called shared sacrifice is a one way street.”


He continued, "Young people face high unemployment, it's very difficult to get jobs and in many ways they're in the same boat as public sector workers are. So we all get together and who knows, this might become a movement."


"Occupy Wall Street," the brainchild of activist magazine Adbuster, has been encouraging people to set up camp on Wall Street to “restore democracy.” 

“The one thing we all have in common is that we are the 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%,” reads their website.    Local 100 President John Samuelsen told the New York Daily News, "They [protesters] see the injustice in that and are highlighting the injustice by protesting, and we're supporting that effort.”    Protesters have been camped out in Zuccotti Park since Sept. 17 and recently garnered publicity after a video showing New York police officers pepper spraying peaceful protesters went viral.    I think we've proven that we're legitimate, we're organized and we're fighting for all of us," Rachel Leone, a 25-year-old protester, told the International Business Times.    "Anyone who showed up on the first day [of the protests] was confused as to what was going on, but we've built it up by ourselves. I really think that as it gets bigger, our unified message is going to be even stronger which is that things are not working with Wall Street and Washington just isn't working."  
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