From:   MAd Hatter <progressivechange@gmail.com>
Sent time:   Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:03:28 PM
To:   september17 <september17@googlegroups.com>
Subject:   [september17discuss] Report back from Labor Action this morning
 

Sotheby’s Action Statement – Labor Group

Posted on September 22, 2011 by Nyccamp

 

This morning activists involved in #OCCUPYWALLSTREET disrupted an art

auction at Sotheby’s Art Auctions on the Upper East Side. Last year

Sotheby’s made profits of $680 Million Dollars. Their CEO Bill

Rupprecht awarded himself a 125% raise. At the same time Sotheby’s has

decided to use union busting tactics, demanding over 100 concessions

to the IBT 814 Art Handlers Union Contract.

 

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET supporters are appalled at the persistent attack on

workers rights. We support the right of the workers to collectively

bargain. Sotheby’s wants all new hires to have no collective

bargaining rights, no health benefits and no job security. After

locking out their unionized work force, Sotheby’s continues to operate

using scabs and a non-union subcontractor. Sotheby’s Art Auctions

epitomize the disconnect of the extremely wealthy from the rest of us.

Sotheby’s Art Auctions are a sanctuary for the financial elite; where

hedge fund managers & wealthy bankers bid millions of dollars for art

objects; while the rest of us struggle to put food on the table

because of their actions. These are the same financial elites who were

bailed out in their moment of need and now refuse to pay their fair

share in taxes. Many of these Hedge Fund Managers still pay a smaller

tax rate than the rest of us. That is our money! End the greed &

expose the disconnect!

 

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET supporters call on the 99% to raid the sanctuaries

of the financial elite; to conduct non-violent civil disobedience in

the country clubs, luxury shops, and private resorts where the

Financial Elite gather; and to show that WE WILL NO LONGER TOLERATE

BUSINESS AS USUAL.

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