Expanding their reach beyond the confines of Wall Street, a dozen activists from the ongoing Occupy Wall Street action disrupted an art auction at Sotheby’s last week.The protest supported 43 union art handlers, members of Teamsters Local 814, who were locked out August 1 by the tony art seller.Occupy Wall Street, organized mostly through social media, began protests in lower Manhattan 12 days ago, calling on “the 99%” to confront the “greed and corruption of the 1%.”Disguised as potential bidders, the activists entered the building and interrupted the auctioneer one at a time as bidding on an item reached $130,000.The protesters staggered their interruptions through a period of 75 minutes with shouts to “end the lockout” and “make Wall Street pay.”They were escorted off the premises by security with no arrests....
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This is potentially significant in that this did not happen during the student countercultural and antiwar movement of the Sixties and Seventies, when labor and blue collar workers in general opposed them. as DFH's. This may be a whole new ballgame in opposition to The Big Rip-off. This trend seems to be gathering steam globally.
Update: Washington's Blog, Wall Street Protest Growing
Major Unions Join Wall Street ProtestThe Teamsters Union and New York Transit Workers Union have thrown their support behind the Wall Street protests.Alexander Higgins – reporting live from the protests – notes that United Airlines pilots marched in the protest wearing their full pilot uniforms....Much more