'Day of Action' Planned by Occupy Movement

Saturday, 12 Nov 2011 03:07 PM

By Gary Cohen

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Occupy Wall Street protesters will be coming together with the nation's largest labor unions to turn the heat up on Washington to put the millions of jobless Americans back to work.

The AFL-CIO, Service Employees International and the Laborers' International Union of North America will join forces with the Occupy movement on Thursday in what is being billed by the movement as a nationwide "Day of Action," according to information provided on each of the unions' websites as well as the Occupy movement itself.

The AFL-CIO gives details of protests due to take place in 35 cities across the country on November 17th, which marks the two-month anniversary of the Occupy movement.

From Maine to Florida and the Carolinas to California, coordinated protests are planned.

In New York City, Occupy Wall Street is calling on thousands of people to gather at 7 a.m., two hours before the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange, at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace if you will of the movement.

The protest will move to in front of the NYSE in time for the opening of trading but before all of that, Occupy is planning to have protesters gather at 16 selected subway stops throughout the five boroughs and take their message on trains heading into Manhattan.

Their message will even be carried to the Staten Island Ferry.

At the end of the day, the New York protest shifts to outside City Hall and onto the bridges crossing the East River. The Occupy movement says on its website their will be a gospel choir on hand to lead the protesters in song.

Bridges are being used from coast to coast in the nationwide protest. In Los Angeles, people are being asked to gather on the 4th Street bridge.

The message there, according to the movement, will be getting the country's crumbling bridges fixed, hiring from among the millions of people out of work to get that job done.

AFL-CIo Director of Government Affairs Bill Samuel says labor is frustrated with GOP-led actions in the Senate to block the portions of President Obama's jobs measure which would raise spending on infrastructure, reports The Hill.

Earlier this month, a $60 million measure on infrastructure which was based on the president's jobs bill was defeated in the Senate.

The country's largest telecommunications union is also getting into the protest act.

The Communications Workers of America is coordinating a pair of marches with Occupy protesters which coincides with Thursday's nationwide effort. Both marches are connected to union contract problems with Verizon.

One march will unfold at a Verizon call center in Maryland and wind up at an Occupy encampment in Washington. The other protest will kick off in New York's capital, Albany, and head south to New York City.

Among the other cities taking part in the Day of Action is Albuquerque, New Mexico where protesters will stand on a bridge over Interstate 25 and hang a banner reading, "Our America Wants To Work."

The bridge protest theme will carry to Portland, Oregon where people will gather on the Steel Bridge to get Washington to fix this bridge as well, hiring from among the thousands out of work in the Portland area.

Moveon says on its own website, that as way to show where Americans can be put back to work, events are being planned at bridges in need of repair.

"Other sites in your community that show a failed economy for the 99 percent are also good places to hold an event," Moveon directs readers on its website.

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