Occupy Wall Street gets some help from unions
Transit workers will join several community groups, unions and protesters at Zuccotti Park Wednesday afternoon for what’s being billed as one of the larger rallies that’s been held since the movement against Wall Street began more than two weeks ago.
“Hopefully at the end of the day, it’s going to bring change to the state capitals, and in particular, change to Washington,” Transit Workers Union President John Samuelsen said of the protests, which have spread to cities across the country.
“Working families have an unfair burden just slammed upon our backs right now by the wealthiest folks in the country, who are getting off scot-free,” Samuelsen said.
A potential glitch for the transit workers is that they may have to cart away their own colleagues if police once again detain protesters. A federal judge Tuesday denied a request to prevent cops from commandeering MTA buses to haul away those arrested.
On Saturday cops took over at least four city buses to pick up more than 700 people arrested for blocking one side of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The city and MTA said they were “pleased” with the ruling.
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