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Two Saturdays ago, I joined with over a thousand New England janitors, who packed into Boston's Converse Hall. The workers, who were three weeks into a contract bargaining campaign, voted overwhelmingly to authorize their leadership in Local 615 to call...
got involved with the Occupy the New Hampshire Primaries because I could see that the Occupy protestors really wanted support from the labor unions. In some discussions I had, however, it seemed that Occupy people were blaming unions for the current economic situation because they think we get these huge state salaries and benefits. I'd explain that we're not we're not looking at this movement as just "us". We, union members, feel that everybody deserves healthcare and a decent retirement. Our involvement in Occupy is not an attempt to steer all this towards just us, we're trying to spread the middle class out to include everybody.
On November 17th, nearly 1,000 people were arrested as more than 50,000 protestors at three dozen bridges nationwide declared an "Economic Emergency for the 99%." Rallies and marches accompanied these bridge actions across more than 20 states, including AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, FL, IA, IL, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MT, NH, NM, NY, OH, PA, TX, VA, WA and WI. Check out SEIU.org's live blog from the national day of action here.