Occupy Wall Street–the ongoing, wide-ranging protest about the vagaries of capitalism–has quickly become a cultural phenomenon, but so far has only been able to regularly attract a few hundred protesters at a time. Part of the problem, perhaps, was the protesters inability to get labor unions to sign on.
This may be changing.
According to a report in Crain’s New York, the Working Families Party is organizing a demonstration next Wednesday that includes The United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union Local 100.
And as go the unions, so go the city’s political class. Earlier this week, Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams became the first elected official to join the protests, and today, they were joined by former governor David Patterson.