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posted Friday, October 7, 2011 - Volume 39 Issue 40
Labor backs Occupy Seattle
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Labor backs Occupy Seattle

Special to SGN from Pride At Work

On October 5, Lynne Dodson, Secretary-Treasurer of the Washington State Labor Council, read a strong statement of support to the people of Occupy Seattle gathered at Westlake Plaza.

The letter read:

'On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and our 500 affiliated local unions and over 400,000 union women and men we want to express our solidarity with 'Occupy Seattle' for standing up for and speaking out on behalf of the 99% who have victimized by corporate and political decisions that put the interests of corporate America and Wall Street before the people.

'We welcome your voices to ours in identifying the corporate billionaires and bankers as the ones who brought our economy to its knees and have created the most gross distribution of income and wealth in this country since the 1920s. While the 'Great Recession' is over for the 1%, the rest of us are living with staggering rates of unemployment and poverty, foreclosures and homelessness, trade policies that further impoverish workers in Third World countries creating massive forced migration, tax policies that reward the outsourcing of our jobs, financial deregulation that allows banks to treat our economy as if it were their private casino, attacks on workers' rights and unions, killing cuts to our social safety net, environmental degradation, and a significant loss of democracy.

'Labor, youth, seniors, the poor, and immigrants - the 99% - must raise their voices and call the question on what type of society we want to live in. It is time for us to create an economy and a political system that is based on a concept of shared prosperity.

'Next week, October 10-14, Labor has declared a week of action around the country to speak out for jobs and a fair economy. We would like to join with you in some joint actions to raise our voices together.

'Thank you for taking to the streets and raising your voices in a peaceful and poignant way. Thank you for the values and principles that you are standing up for.'

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and SEIU President Mary Kay Henry also issued strong statements of support for the Occupy Wall Street protests, now in their third week.

Pride At Work is an LGBT labor organization affiliated with the AFL-CIO, and including members of AFL-CIO, Change To Win, independent unions, and non-union allies.

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