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Unions continue coming forward to condemn Mayor Michael Bloomberg's eviction of Occupy Wall Street and to offer statements of support to the protesters. SEIU:

"The 2.1 million members of SEIU continue to stand with the Occupy protesters and we agree that try as some might, you can't evict an idea whose time has come.

"That's why on November 17th, SEIU members will be marching arm in arm with unemployed workers, community members, allied groups and Occupy protesters in support of a great American idea: our nation and our economy should work for everyone, not just the richest 1%.

The Sheet Metal Workers (via email):

You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. Our democracy belongs to all of us, not big donors and corporate interests who equate mass amounts of wealth proportionally with the right to free speech.

A movement is emerging to reclaim our nation’s democracy. That is why the protesters' message and actions have resonated throughout America.  No action by a billionaire politician to silence the ninety nine percent of the America people will ever shut that down.

I urge our current generation of politicians to bear heed to how history has unkindly judged those in the past who have stood in the way of progress.  

Working America:

Working America members, the heart of the 99 percent, are deeply disturbed by the recent actions to silence the Occupy Wall Street protesters in Zuccotti Park and elsewhere around the country.  These protestors, who have awakened the 99 percent movement, have a right to peaceably assemble, and have already inspired peaceful growth of this movement across the country.

The national Communications Workers of America add a statement to the one issued earlier by District 1, which includes New York City:

“Removing Occupy demonstrators from Zuccotti Park or from any other city in our country won't stop the movement that is growing every day, to get money out of politics, to create good jobs in the U.S, and to restore our democracy and the standing of ordinary Americans.”

CWA members will continue to be a part of this movement, joining this week's day of action in New York, Washington, and other cities. Our voices won’t be silenced.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Nov 15, 2011 at 05:41 PM PST.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions.

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