The Service Employees International Union, the fastest-growing and among the most powerful in the United States, made a splash when its local 1199 jumped on board the Occupy Wall Street protests Wednesday, and now it’s helping spread the movement nationwide. They claim “300 soldarity” events have sprang up around the country. From SEIU President Mary Kay Henry:
The brave students, workers, and unemployed Americans occupying Wall Street have shaken the conscience of our nation. The crowds and demonstrations will only get larger and louder as more Americans find the courage inside themselves to stand up and demand Wall Street CEOs and millionaires pay their fair share to create good jobs now.
The 2.1 million nurses, janitors, school bus drivers and other members of the Service Employees International Union have a message to those on Wall Street today–We’ve got your back, we will join you in the streets, and we will not let up until we bring good jobs back to our communities.
Wall Street CEOs not only crashed our economy and demanded billions in taxpayer-bailouts–they destroyed the jobs and livelihoods and took the homes of millions of Americans. It’s time to force Wall Street to pay for the jobs our country desperately needs.