Saturday, October 22, 2011

Teamsters JC7 endorses Occupy San Francisco

(UPDATE: Removed flyer with incorrect language of Teamster position.)

The Joint Council is also supporting Occupy Oakland today.

Here's the resolution:
Teamsters Joint Council 7, representing over one hundred thousand working men and women from Bakersfield to the Oregon border, acting through its Executive Board hereby adopts the following Resolution this 19th day of October, 2011:

WHEREAS, "Occupy San Francisco" is the Bay Area offshoot of the national "Occupy Wall Street movement," a nationwide protest against economic inequality, uneven tax structure, bank bailouts and corporate greed that has brought this country to its current economic crisis;

WHEREAS, just as "Occupy San Francisco" demands that the nation respond to the unrelenting pressure on the middle class, on workers and on the unemployed, the Teamsters have exposed the "War on Workers" which seeks to blame working people for the state of the economy and to "fix" the economy by giving to the rich and taking from the middle class;

WHEREAS, just as workers' rights to organize, picket and strike based on unjustified allegations of a threat to public safety, Occupy San Francisco's Constitutionally protected right to a peaceful protest and assembly must be protected and cannot be curtailed or contained based on unsupported claims of public safety;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is resolved as follows:

Teamsters Joint Council 7 and the working men and women it represents wholly supports and endorses Occupy San Francisco and opposes any effort to unreasonably restrict, contain or stop this lawful protest.