Labor Unions Get Behind Occupy Wall Street

Union support could bring movement into the mainstream

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 4, 2011 8:23 AM CDT

(Newser) – First they got support from the Marines, and now labor unions are coming to back up the Occupy Wall Street protesters. A transport workers union went to court to stop the NYPD from commandeering city buses for use in transporting arrested protesters. A healthcare workers union is sending food and nurses. And several other labor groups will join those two unions tomorrow for a march with the protesters from City Hall to Zuccotti Park, where they have been camped since Sept. 17.

So far, Occupy Wall Street has been a somewhat ragtag movement; the unions could bring the protests into the mainstream while providing funds, resources, and organization. It's quite a change from the early days, when the small movement appeared destined to fade away, the Daily Beast notes. "The premise of the protest, we're in complete agreement with," the TWU Local 100 president tells the Wall Street Journal. "It's about fair share and it's about the claim that everybody needs to share a bit of the burden of this terrible economy."

Protesters from Occupy Wall Street walk past the New York Stock Exchange dressed as corporate zombies Monday, Oct. 3, 2011, in New York.   (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
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