Thursday, June 16, 2011

Huge Crowd of Union Protesters Rally in Cadman Plaza Park, Brooklyn

Many thousands of union members gathered for a spirited rally in Cadman Plaza Park yesterday afternoon to protest what the country (and city) is doing to middle class workers. After the rally they marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall, in what was called the "March for the Middle Class."

Denis Hughes, president of the AFL-CIO said, "Every solution to our country’s economic troubles is directed at working-class men and women. Budget cuts, wage cuts, layoffs, cuts to education, reductions in job security — we’ve had it." Hughes said that the union members were marching "to point out the plight of the middle class."

In a statement, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said, “New York City is the income disparity capital of the world, where the richest 90,000 households earn $10,000 a day, while half of all city households earn under $30,000 a year. We want a country, state and city that works for everyone.”

More at the Brooklyn Eagle and NY1.

Photos by MK Metz

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