In an official Statement of Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa gives full support to Occupy Wall Street. Nothing would be better if it is true, but thinking about the history of Teamster and grassrootmovements in the US, one may perhaps also ask if the system now is trying to take control of this uprising of the people? No one would be happier than me to be wrong here.
WASHINGTON, Oct. 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following is the official statement from Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa issued today about the Occupy Wall Street protest:
«No one should be surprised that Occupy Wall Street is gaining support and spreading quickly around the country. The American Dream has disappeared for students, whose reality is debt and unemployment. The dream disappeared for workers forced to take wage cuts by employers sitting on billions of dollars in profits. The dream disappeared for working families who paid too steep a price for Wall Street’s greed, stupidity and fraud.
«It’s clear what this movement is all about. It’s about taking America back from the CEOs and billionaires on Wall Street who have destroyed our nation’s economy. It’s about creating good jobs. It’s about corporate America treating its workers and customers with honesty and fairness and paying its fair share to stimulate the economy.
«Teamsters all over the country are participating in Occupy Wall Street events, and I support and encourage them. We stand in solidarity with Americans who want better lives for themselves and for future generations.»
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Visit www.teamster.org for more information.
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters