Unions and labor groups continue to offer support to Occupy Wall Street.
After the 1199 Executive Council heard a report on the Wall Street occupation by two of its young activists, President George Gresham offered the motion to support the action. Included in the motion, with friendly amendments, were the union’s agreement to reach other to the rest of the labor movement to build support for the occupation, to support future marches and actions that grow out of OccupyWallStreet, to feed the occupation participants for a week, to have 1199 nurses help train those staffing the first-aid care station at the occupation, and to set up an 1199 “task force” charged with help in whatever ways possible.
The union is also urging participation in Wednesday afternoon's march.
The AFL-CIO's Next Up Young Worker Summit, held over the weekend, released a statement of solidarity:
“In the last two weeks, young people have sparked a movement on Wall Street, just as they did through the Arab Spring and in Wisconsin against Scott Walker. Participants at the AFL-CIO Next Up Young Worker Summit left Occupy Wall Street to join with young people in the labor movement to talk about how best to take back our economy for the middle class.
“Today, more than 800 Next Up participants from around the country stand with those on Wall Street who are making their voices heard. The future of our country depends on young people demanding the future we believe in. And we believe that Wall Street should pay for the damage they’ve done to our economy, our jobs, and our communities – foreclosing on homes, making massive profits with no oversight, and not sharing in building a future for the next generation.
Working America, in a press release:
Working America continues to offer its support and encouragement to the growing protest movement that began in New York's Zuccotti Park. It's obvious what has motivated these protests, and it's the same thing we hear at the doors we knock on every day[.]
In the weeks to come, as we organize for good jobs and a fairer economy in neighborhoods across the country, we hope that the enthusiasm and energy behind these protests continues to develop.