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The International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) endorses the Occupy Wall Street movement because, as an institution, we envision a strong United States of America with a strong middle-class America at its core. This movement is about economic and social justice. As a voice for the middle class as well as our members, the UAW doesn’t stand against corporate success. But we believe that success shouldn’t be at the expense of American communities.
Citing the long overdue need to reorder America’s economic priorities, the UAW will commit resources and activate its membership nationally in support of reclaiming the American economy on behalf of working men and women, the poor, the elderly, the unemployed and our nation’s youth.
The anti-worker, anti-middle class corporate GOP-agenda puts public education, public service and infrastructure investment at risk. Without strong education at the K-12 and university level, we will not produce an educated and skilled labor force to compete in the global economy of today. Without infrastructure investment and good public services, our communities miss out on opportunities to attract businesses to our regions.
As corporations and the finance industry grew, so did the disparity in wealth and income for the 99 percent in the rest of America. As Wall Street’s pay rebounds, Main Street’s pay is continuously under attack. America is a country where dreams are made and realized. Labor, legislature and corporations can work together to build a strong middle class, create good jobs, rebuild our manufacturing sector, and increase investments in research and development.
Together, we can provide dignity and security to the middle class.
“America is not broke,” said UAW President Bob King. “We have the resources to turn our economy around. The courage and determination of the Occupy Wall Street movement has galvanized generations of Americans fed up with corporate greed and feeling powerless. They have a vision toward a more just, equal and fair society – demanding real democracy.”
UAW members throughout the New York area and around the country have been participating in Occupy Wall Street, including the demonstration against police brutality, the march across the Brooklyn Bridge and participating in the occupation of Zucotti Park on Wall Street’s doorstep.
“We recognize the need to work together and learn from each other,” said Julie Kushner, UAW Region 9A director. “The vitality, energy and dialogue growing from the Occupy Wall Street movement show the potential to organize, build power and win justice for the middle class.”
“Our members in New York and throughout the region are activists and deeply committed to building a coalition-based movement. Fighting for jobs and economic justice and demanding that millionaires pay their fair share is something we are proud to be a part of in the Occupy Wall Street movement,” Kushner added.
Occupy Wall Street has also been endorsed by Region 9A, which encompasses eastern New York, including New York City, the New England states and Puerto Rico; the UAW New York Area CAP Council; and the UAW Massachusetts CAP Council.
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