Protests

Occupy Wall St. Draws Labor Support

The Occupy Wall St. protests may have a new lifeline, as they have begun to draw support from organized labor. On Monday, the health-care workers’ union, 1199SEIU, issued a supportive statement and pledged to help feed the protesters camped out in lower Manhattan, send nurses to assist with first-aid, and brainstorm other ways to help. Other unions, including the Transport Workers Union Local 100, which represents 38,000 Metropolitan Transit Authority employees, have also pledged support. The unions bring money, manpower, organization, and mainstream support to the protests.