Workers United convention rallies in solidarity with Occupy Chicago


CHICAGO-Saying that it is "time to take our country back and we will, "over 200 delegates to the Midwest Regional Joint Board Convention of Workers United declared their solidarity with Occupy Chicago on Oct. 26.

Workers United President Noel Beasley said the Occupy movement was "exactly what America needs right now." He presented Occupy Chicago with sleeping bags and supplies to protect them from the coming harsh winter weather.

Beasley said he was speaking on behalf of 150,000 members of Workers United in the United States and Canada who work in laundry, textile, gaming, food service and apparel industries.

Speaking on behalf of Occupy Chicago, Andy told the crowd "the same corporate greed that has us in the streets in occupation, is the same corporate greed that has you in the streets. It's the same fight"

Workers United, Chicago Jobs with Justice and Occupy Chicago were also rallying at the Chicago Board of Trade to demand passage of a financial transaction tax of 25-cents on each trade.

According to a recent study by the Chicago Political Economy Group and Stand Up Chicago, such a tax on 12 million average trades per day could generate over $1.4 billion a year. Organizers propose the establishment of a Community Jobs Fund that could create 40,000 living wage jobs.

"I'm angry," said Greg McLaughlin, an unemployed Afghan war vet who served two tours of duty. "With Pres. Obama ending the Iraq War, there are a lot of vets who will be coming home and they will be out of jobs. Why are the corporate fat cats trying to avoid paying taxes? All we want are jobs."

The financial transaction tax proposal contrasts with the legislation State Senate President John Cullerton is offering to grant CME (owner of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade) a $50 million tax break after it threatened to leave the state.

"It's a shakedown," said Mehrdad Azemun of National People's Action, of the new tax break. NPA is one of several regional and statewide networks of community and church groups that are joining to protest the measure on Tuesday.

"Corporations as large as these need to pay their fair share, especially at a time when every day brings news of more cuts to state and city programs, more police stations being closed."

CME is one of the main initiators of the gambling schemes known as "derivatives" that caused the home foreclosure crisis and Wall Street meltdown in 2008.

Photo Workers United President Noel Beasley speaking at Occupy Chicago rally. Greg McLaughlin.


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  • We are in the midst of the first ever GLOBAL protest against corporate greed and their molestation of our government. People around the world are standing together to raise their voice against the oppression of the 1% and their corporate welfare and lobbying which are eroding our economy and country from the inside out. See my artwork for the movement as well as resources and videos of the protests at Get informed and get involved… all you have to do is raise your voice for change!

    Posted by Brandt Hardin, 11/01/2011 9:04pm (4 years ago)

  • A Financial Transaction Tax will hurt

    everyone's Pension Funds.

    All pension funds buy & sell stocks


    Taking a cut of the money every time they

    need to move the money around will take a

    heck of a bite over time in the value of the

    funds, which will lessen the amount of money

    we'll get in our retirement.

    SERIOUSLY rethink this.

    Every union member with a pension should be

    against this idea. If you want lower

    retirement income, then support this tax,

    otherwise, let's focus on what will hurt the

    banks & not the people.

    Posted by David Price, 11/01/2011 4:35pm (4 years ago)

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