From:   Gabriel Johnson <>
Sent time:   Thursday, September 22, 2011 12:05:38 PM
Subject:   Re: [september17discuss] Report back from Labor Action this morning



This is the one percent, right there.




On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM, MAd Hatter <> wrote:

> 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