Unions join Wall Street protests
POSTED: Wednesday, October 5, 2011 - 8:22pm
UPDATED: Thursday, October 6, 2011 - 11:12am
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — In New York City, union workers joined in the march in lower Manhattan showing support for protests over corporate greed and social injustice that began just over two weeks ago union workers joined in a major march in lower manhattan.
"We are mass swath of Americans that have been hurt by the economic crisis, whom have been hurt by the political corruption," said Julien Harrison a protester at today's event.
Another protester Brendan Burke agreed, "There's no protection, no matter who we vote for, nothing happens. No matter if we pay twice on our debt and try to get ahead, it doesn't happen. So people feel like their getting shafted."
That message of social inequality along with rising unemployment has struck a chord with some of the nation's largest and most powerful unions, including transit workers, teachers and labor groups.
"They're fighting to make sure that the rich - the multibillionaires pay their fair share. We believe in that same concept," said Santos Crespo, President of Local 372.
What started as a grassroots rally in a lower Manhattan park just over two weeks ago has swelled into a nationwide movement. With sympathy protests so far held in 50 cities from coast to coast.
"Till we actually start coming together and acting out.. you know, no one is going to hear. No one is going to know what is really going on," said Audi Love, Protester.
A movement taking shape and labor experts say a step closer to turning inspiration into action.
" I think we are going to see a lot more politicians jump in the frey and this will become a defining issue arguably for both parties going into the next election cycle," said Dorian Warren with Columbia University.
Protesters say they are prepared to camp out here indefinitely, but as their numbers grow; the city may soon be telling demonstrators to find a new place to call headquarters.