Want to Help Out the Working Class?

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on December 12, 2011

Spend less time condemning Mitt Romney for offering a $10,000 bet, and more time condemning the Occupy movement for interfering with the ability of working people to get paid:

Occupy Oakland’s plan to shut down the city’s bustling port on Monday for the second time in as many months is facing a complicating wrinkle nowhere in sight last time – opposition from several unions and some within the Occupy movement itself.

The attempted shutdown will be part of a coordinated blockade of 11 West Coast ports from San Diego to Anchorage, Alaska, an effort conceived by Occupy Oakland to build on the success of the Nov. 2 general strike it led that closed the city’s port for more than six hours.

But unlike last time, when the area’s major unions gave tacit or outright approval, many of them see Monday’s action as disruptive and unnecessary.

And some occupation activists are labeling it as too confrontational, with the protest’s potential for violence detracting from Occupy’s stated intention of narrowing the chasm between rich and poor.

“Support is one thing,” Robert McEllrath, president of the International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union, wrote to his members last week. “Outside groups attempting to co-opt our struggle in order to advance a broader agenda is quite another and one that is destructive to our democratic process.”

I really don’t understand how any movement can be said to care about the 99%, if it prevents part of the 99% from being able to do their jobs, and get paid in order to feed their families, and put a roof over their heads. But then, I never thought that the Occupy movement was on the level to begin with, so perhaps I am less surprised that they would try to pull this kind of stunt.

UPDATE: I am wrong to suggest that the Occupy movement wants to restrict its efforts to shut down ports to the Oakland area. In fact, the movement wants to shut down ports from Alaska, to San Diego. The objective is to make sure that corporations don’t make a profit, which of course will also help ensure that corporations won’t be able to keep as many people employed. Never let it be said that the Occupy movement is filled to the rim with MENSA candidates.

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