Saturday, October 29, 2011

Teamsters Occupy Everywhere

Occupying Portland.
We took a quick roam around the Internets and found Teamsters occupying all over the country this week. West Coast Teamsters are Occupying San Francisco, Portland and Oakland:
@samalcoff: #occupyoakland crowd still controls street, members from teamsters, seiu, operating engineers, longshoremen all out #OWS
They dropped off water in San Diego:
@LorenaSGonzalez: Thank you #Teamsters local 542, for dropping off the cases of water for tonight #occupySD Solidarity Vigil #1u
But it isn't just the big cities that Teamsters are occupying. Virginia Harp-Sanders, the wife of a retired Teamster, asked us to post this invitation to join Occupy Redlands, Calif.:
I am the wife of a proud Construction Teamster Retiree, Local 166, Bloomington, CA. My husband, John Sanders, and I are involved with our local Occupy movement, Occupy Redlands, CA. We have a website We would like to invite Teamsters to march with us. So far we are not camping out but we do march in our financial district and convene in a small park for general assembly. This Saturday, October 29, 2011, for example we are planning a march in our local outdoor mall past the Target store in particular to protest non-union jobs, minimum wage part-time no benefit jobs, wage disparity, and imported goods.
On Saturday, November 5th, 2011 we will be marching around Bank of America for "get your money out day".
The tweet-o-sphere tells us Teamsters helped Occupy Pittsburgh:
@nunyaman: Thnx to teamsters#211 for the morning smiles and cookies #occupypittsburgh #occupypgh
Our Teamster sister Kelly Leigh Andrews reports on Facebook:
my Mom, Son (Sam), Brother, Lori Kirk Mize and I are going to attend the Occupy Chattanooga Rally. My Mom and I have worked on some signs . We are ready. I have to work tonight so I will be worn out but that's ok.
We're hearing from Teamster brothers and sisters who are heading out to Occupations in Iowa City, Detroit, Atlanta and Savannah. We've also been hearing about Teamster Occupations in Amarillo, Texas, Lansing, Ann Arbor and Flint. Occupy Philadelphia is marching for Fair Trade, not Free Trade.

We expect to hear more. Stay tuned!