On Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM, MAd Hatter <firstname.lastname@example.org
> 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.