For days the silence was deafening. Left-leaning protests sweeping the nation. Wealth distribution, corporate greed, and workers' rights all on the agenda. And as expected, organized labor joining the common cause--everywhere, that is, except Seattle.
Though belated, it would seem that local labor groups are finally backing the cause of the Occupy Seattle protestors at Westlake.
The Washington State Labor Council, which represents some 400,000 members in more than 500 unions, sent a letter to demonstrators and press on Thursday announcing that it would support the protestors in both spirit and numbers.
On behalf of the Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, and our 500 affiliated local unions and over 400,000 union women and men, we want to express our solidarity with "Occupy Seattle" for standing up for and speaking out on behalf of the 99% who have victimized by corporate and political decisions that put the interests of corporate America and Wall Street before the people.
The joining of big labor with the Occupy movement is a natural fit, and in Seattle where the number of protestors has been lackluster compared to places like Manhattan and Washington D.C., the added support of union members will be a godsend.
On the opposite side of the coin, the joining of unions will only give conservative mockers of the protests that much more fuel for their conspiracy fires about how the demonstrations are the secret work of Democratic operatives bent on distracting people from the crimes of the Obama administration.
Sound farfetched? Here's one that's running for president preaching as much.