Rosa Blumenfeld, an organizer with the Greater Boston Labor Council (GBLC), sends us this report on Occupy Boston actions.
More than 300 union members and protesters at Occupy Boston joined forces on Oct. 13 to demand good jobs and protest the abuses of Wall Street. GBLC Executive Secretary-Treasurer Rich Rogers told the Dewey Square Park crowd that the union movement:
applauds the efforts of Occupy Boston to place a spotlight on the imbalance of power in our nation and the role that Wall Street has played in devastating our economy.
Darlene Lombos, executive director of Community Labor United, a coalition of seven unions and eight community groups, told the Occupy Boston protesters:
You have inspired us. There are many of us who have been working for decades for the same things you’re fighting for today. We want to thank you. We are proud of you. We stand with you.
Following the rally, there was a march to a Verizon Wireless store in Boston’s Downtown Crossing area to highlight a current example of corporate greed. Verizon is about to report a $2 billion profit for this quarter while the Electrical Workers (IBEW) and Communications Workers of America (CWA) are still fighting for a contract.