10,000 in New York march again for jobs


NEW YORK - The Central Labor Council was the main force behind a march for jobs here yesterday that filled the streets from 32nd Street and Broadway to Union Square.

Unions are under siege by corporate America. Leading the charge against them were the GOP governors of Ohio and Wisconsin. The fight back by organized labor and its allies that started in Wisconsin helped spur the successful November roll back of an Ohio law that stripped public service workers of their collective bargaining rights.

That victory, fortified by the Occupy Wall Street movement, has given labor and the majority of Americans hope that they can make changes that seemed daunting only a decade ago.

Yesterday, the public workers, transit workers, teachers, electrical workers, Teamsters and others united with the Occupy Wall Street forces to have their say.A statement by the CLC made their point: "This march is for Jobs and economic fairness is a call to action and a show of unity - we want to march down Broadway from Herald Square to Union Square and fill the street from curb to curb so government and big business get our message: Enough is Enough!"

Union member Michael Anthony had this to say: "I'm here to march for jobs and economic fairness. Things just haven't been fair. In the last five years the 1 percent is getting richer and richer and working class people are having a hard time and that's not even considering the working poor and the unemployed and the underemployed."

"Most of the people here today have a job but we're breaking ourselves to keep that job to make ends meet - They ain't meeting. We need a sense of economic fairness right now and it's not happening."

The largest contingent at today's march was Local 32BJ of the Service Employees. SEIU, whose members do most of the work to keep office buildings safe and functional, will soon be in contractual talks with the owners of many of these buildings. The owners are looking for givebacks in healthcare and pensions, many of the same things public workers are facing today.

Eddie Walker of 32BJ talked about his reason for demonstrating. "Our contract comes up at the end of the year so we are here to rally support for the troops to get an even break."

He continued, "We are a private union. The people who will have to pay are the tenants [and building owners] who are part of the 1 percent. They [building owners] want to take our health care benefits away, our pension benefits away. Anything they can get their claws on they want to take away from us."

As the march wound its way to Union Square people were in conversation with one another and there was a sense of unity and solidarity in the air. These marches and rallies have become more and more diverse in terms of race, age and gender.

"I'm here to demonstrate with my sisters and brothers in labor to protest and speak out with one voice about good jobs. We want to make sure the workers voices are finally heard, we are the 99 percent," said Carl Bragg of SEIU.

"They talk about the inequality and growing disparity between the wealth in this country and the rest of us," Bragg said, "and this is why we are here today. You can't continue to trample on people and expect that people will remain silent. We need jobs, we need health care, we need just the basic things to live here in America, that's what this is all about, basics."

As the marchers rallied in Union Square Park they cheered and shouted as a contingent of several hundred Occupy Wall Street protesters joined them, chanting. "March, March - We are the 99 percent!"

Photo: Gabe Falsetta/PW

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  • We know that surely, the African diaspora, its peopling present in New York, NY, as it is in the center of the U. S., in St. Louis, MO.
    The world, in its beautiful, multi-national and multi-racial forms is in all the Occupy movement as the internet interconnects this amalgamation of humanity.
    This unity and variety is growing with the multi-cultural and polyglot world, deepening in sound, color, and especially the age of the oldest and wisest race, the African element.
    How do I know? Sam and let's say the airman Chad, told me so at Occupy St. Louis, not long ago, as they spoke in Italian, Amharic, Arabic and English, as we laughed and talked, in the Mid-west sun.
    Later, we can safely say, hundreds marched for jobs through the financial center in St. Louis, finally telling St. Louis Metropolitan Police-YOU ARE THE 99%.
    We will march again, and again, with New York and San Francisco,
    bringing back the unity and grandeur of old St. Louis Union Station anew, from that historic stained-glass window there, uniting New York, St. Louis and San Francisco, once again-for the working people, the inheritors of the earth, for jobs, jobs, jobs, forever, starting and ending, in Africa.

    Posted by E.E.W. Clay, 12/04/2011 5:05pm (4 years ago)

  • the 1% media didn't cover this.

    Posted by robert evinger, 12/04/2011 9:07am (4 years ago)

  • Just wait until they find out that they will be lucky to keep the jobs they have let alone any benifits And if
    They have any kids in school, most of them will never
    get a living wage job in their useful life time.
    The one and only question that must be asked of every
    politician is,
    "Exactly WHEN, How and Doing What are YOU Going to Create 25 + Million Private Sector Living
    Wage Jobs ? IN MY Useful Life Time "
    Make this question a Mantra just as it is
    written. IF you have done your home work you know
    it is not possible to do it. So, if the politicians OR
    President cannot create the jobs so you can have a decent life, What is the use of them OR electing New
    ones ? And answer this, IF anyone of them could create
    that many jobs plus future jobs for the kids and people
    in schools plus the returning Vetrans, Why do we have
    to wait a year + for it to begin ? And you are going to
    vote for who ? Why? Please Copy and forward to all.

    Posted by Dave Diesel * 81 *, 12/02/2011 6:33pm (4 years ago)

  • I was their. The turnnout was beyond anynbody cold expect. The entire avenues and streets were colored with 32bjs yellow flags, chaunting slogans rythomic drum beat and extremely jubillent marchers.
    I hope HOWARD RUTHMAN CHILD and his 1% ters got the right massage
    To RUTH MAN, the name being associated with the American Lagendery Hero, Pl dont class yours self with those disgraced robber barrons who are dumped in the anull of history. Be generous and like an industry captain.
    Give those 99%TERS a bit of your mountain wealh so they have a little better life for self and family
    Howard you never can imagine ,living in that pardise of fortune that you did not craete but thse 99% TERS made for you , how pinful is life when these poors go home without what a son or daughter asked their parents to bring home. Cant pay their tution , threatened with eviction notice for un paid rents.

    Posted by ABUL, 12/02/2011 3:06pm (4 years ago)

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