Monday, October 03, 2011

NY TRANSIT UNION: WE WON'T BUS ARRESTED OWS PROTESTERS

The TWU is standing up for the occupiers with more than just words...
from thinkprogress.org

The Transport Workers Union is going to court today in hopes of blocking New York City from forcing bus drivers to transport any Occupy Wall Street protesters after the New York police department commandeered at least three buses to take many of the 700 protesters off the Brooklyn Bridge this weekend. Last week, the TWU voted to support the Occupy Wall Street movement and called the order to bus prisoners “a blatant act of political retaliation.”


from the Daily News:

"TWU Local 100 supports the protesters on Wall Street and takes great offense that the mayor and NYPD have ordered operators to transport citizens who were exercising their constitutional right to protest - and shouldn't have been arrested in the first place," [Transport Workers Union president John] Samuelsen said Sunday night.

At least five empty buses were commandeered from terminal points on both sides of the bridge, Samuelsen said.



Here's Samuelsen, in plain language, explaining why the TWU voted solidarity with OWS. (They now have "a couple hundred members" who joined the occupation.)

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