Unions to join Occupy Wall Street protests

Unions to join Occupy Wall Street protests

WRITTEN BY: Molly Huscroft
Occupy Wall Street protesters
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Occupy Wall Street protesters

As the “Occupy Wall Street” protesters rally for a third week at New York’s Zuccotti Park, several unions endorsed the Occupy Wall Street movement and plan to join the protesters Wednesday, labor leaders said.

Occupy Wall Street is a leaderless movement made up largely of young adults upset with the economy, the Afghanistan war, the environment and the state of America and the world in general. In less than three weeks, the movement has gained large support from countless disaffected Americans.

As the popularity of Occupy Wall Street spreads, social media sites such as Twitter are spurring similar protests in other cities. A Twitter account called Occupy Boston mentions a citywide college walkout.

According to CNN, the Massachusetts Nurses Association says hundreds of the city’s nurses will rally along with the Occupy Boston protestors Wednesday. The association says the protest will be part of the opening day activities for a national nursing convention in Boston. 

Larry Hanley, international president of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said in a statement, “It’s really simple. These young people on Wall Street are giving voice to many of the problems that working people in America have been confronting over the last several years.” The Amalgamated Transit Union has 20,000 members in the New York Area.

The protest campaign began in July with the launch of a campaign website calling for a march and sit-in at the New York Stock Exchange. Besides New York and Boston, protests have been held in Chicago, Los Angeles and Seattle.

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