UAW Endorses Wall Street Occupation
Today, the International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) announced their official endorsement of the Occupy Wall Street movement for economic and political justice.
Citing the long overdue need to reorder America's economic priorities, the UAW will commit resources and activate its membership nationally in support of reclaiming the American economy on behalf of working men and women, the poor, the elderly, the unemployed and our nation's youth. "America is not broke," said UAW President Bob King,
"We have the resources to turn our economy around. The courage and determination of the Occupy Wall Street movement has galvanized generations of Americans fed up with corporate greed and feeling powerless. They have a vision toward a more just, equal, and fair society- demanding real democracy."
UAW members throughout the New York area have been participating in Occupy Wall Street, including the demonstration against police brutality, the march across the Brooklyn Bridge, and participating in the occupation of Zucotti Park on the doorstep of Wall Street.
Members in Massachusetts have been participating in the New York demonstrations as well as protests in Boston. "We recognize the need to work together and learn from each other," said Julie Kushner, UAW Region 9A Director. "The vitality, energy and dialogue growing from the Occupy Wall Street movement show the potential to organize, build power and win justice for the middle class." "Our members in New York and throughout the region are activists and deeply committed to building a coalition-based movement. Fighting for jobs and economic justice and demanding that millionaires pay their fair share is something we are proud to be a part of in the Occupy Wall Street movement," Kushner added. Occupy Wall Street has also been endorsed by UAW Region 9A, which encompasses Eastern New York including New York City, the New England States, and Puerto Rico; the UAW New York Area CAP Council; and the UAW Massachusetts CAP Council.