|From:||MAd Hatter <email@example.com>|
|Sent time:||Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:03:28 PM|
|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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