If you haven't heard: today, 1199, the largest local union in the country, voted unanimously to support us. THIS IS CONFIDENTIAL until tomorrow morning. The 1199 press team is working with us on media roll-out and agreed that I should break the story tomorrow on Up with Chris Hayes on MSNBC (big platform, very pro-labor host, &c.) -- tune in and then let's play this up big. Here's their statement.
This support is going to be amazing: 1 week's worth of food, RNs to train our medical team, the formulation and development of a committee to liaise with us, continued support as conditions change, mobilization on actions, a motion to the Central Labor Council to recruit other labor support -- the works!
“On Friday, September 30th, 1199 SEIU’s executive leadership voted unanimously to support the Wall Street protesters demand that corporate America be held accountable for the current economic crisis.
Corporations and the wealthy should pay the fair share in taxes they owe to middle-class Americans so this country can get back to work. We need jobs, not cuts.
1199 SEIU is the largest healthcare workers union in NY. It represents over 350,000 workers in NY, NJ, MA, MD, Washington D.C. and FL.”
We ought to be awfully proud of this one; 1199 is one of the great organizations working for justice and equality in America (it was Dr. King's favorite union, while he lived).