The protests against the financial houses on Wall Street have just been taken up a notch, as it appears the group who began the marches in the central business district of American finance have now been given strong support by a major union group. On September 28th, the New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted during an evening meeting to support the protest group, Occupy Wall Street, and in what began simply as a small group of activists marching on Wall Street just 12 days ago, is now growing in scope as labor organizations of all ranks join in to protest against the companies that London trader Alessio Rastani says, ‘rule the world’.
According to Daily Kos, The New York Transit Workers Union (TWU) voted to support the Wall Street Protestors at their meeting last night.
A member of TWU Local 100 told a reporter that they would join the protest Friday at 4PM.
Occupy Wall Street has been picking up some decent support from unions in the past few days. Yesterday we reported that the Teamsters Union declared their support for protestors, and we also found out that the United Pilots Union had members at the protest demonstrating in uniform.
Today we learned the Industrial Workers of the World put a message of support on their website as well. – Business Insider
Outrage against both Wall Street, and the Federal government over the economy, and a growing division between the rich and poor in America is just the latest movements taking place around the world over the global financial crisis that is affecting every region of the globe. In Africa and the Middle East earlier this year, protests and even political takeovers sparked the Arab Spring that saw the removal of both Gaddafi, and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak. In Europe, protests and violence have scarred the landscapes of Greece, Ireland, and Madrid as massive unemployment and failing financial systems in the European Union are causing their monetary system to teeter on collapse.
Protests and rebellion over economics is usually slow in America, as our societal safety nets of insurance and welfare normally are enough to sustain citizens in times of economic recession. However, the fact that lessons learned in 2008 by the banks and brokerage houses on Wall Street during the credit crisis have done little to halt the high unemployment and loss of homes for the American people since that time, is beginning to reach its toll, and many people and organizations are starting to react.
The last two years of the American landscape have seen a rise in the power of unions over jobs, benefits, and the growing dispartity between the super wealthy and the shrinking middle class. The inclusion of several unions in support of the Occupy Wall Street protesters ratchets up the heat on the men who ‘rule the world’ from their Manhattan offices, and signals a shift in the American people’s simmering anger against an economic crisis that is appearing to be getting worse.