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HAPPY THANKSGIVING: Shop Union to Support Good Union Jobs, Avoid Wal‐Mart & Amazon

(from the New Jersey State AFLCIO)

During this difficult economy, this Thanksgiving, let’s keep in Mind our Brothers & Sisters that are Unemployed.

We wish you and your family a happy and healthy Thanksgiving! This is the time of year to keep friends and family in mind, especially those that are unemployed. As middle class families continue to suffer due to the recklessness of Wall Street and while you enjoy your Holiday, let’s recommit ourselves to working towards an economy that works for all – not just the wealthy.

Typically the holiday shopping season kicks off on “Black Friday.” We ask you and your family to continue to shop union on Black Friday as well as throughout the holiday season. Let’s “talk turkey” at the dinner table and let everyone know that over the holidays, you will not shop at Wal‐Mart, but shop at stores where employers treat their workers with dignity and respect. Shopping union builds our labor movement.
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Occupy Wall Street Comes to New Brunswick

Occupy Wall Street members on the march to DC
Occupy Wall Street members on the march to DC

The URA joined in on the Occupy Wall Street movement by hosting a meal for the marchers who came into New Brunswick on Thursday evening (Nov. 10). The Industrial Union Council had informed New Jersey unions that a group of protesters who started out from Zuccotti Park in NYC were heading our way on their march to Washington DC. The marchers plan to arrive in Washington on the day the congressional “Supercommittee” makes its recommendations on Federal spending to the full Congress.

In the early evening we heard they would be coming through Highland Park down Route 27 and decided to put in a call to Caribbean Café to some heart‐warming (and delicious) food to provide for the foot‐weary marchers. At about 7:45pm, as our Executive Board meeting was finishing up, we heard the chanting of the protesters coming around the block and heading our way and when they arrived at our door (thanks in great part to communication by cell phone to various persons) we were able to greet the OWS participants and their New Brunswick counterparts. A bullhorn in hand, Lucye invited the road warriors upstairs to rest their weary feet, use the restroom facilities, and have a hearty meal of rice and chicken to sustain them for their next phase of action — a General Assembly meeting on the College Avenue Campus.

The tired but resilient bunch (about twenty to thirty in the office) warmly thanked the URA members for their kindness and held an informal prep meeting to plan for the GA meeting. While this was going on approximately thirty or so others were outside the building playing music, chanting and encouraging others to join the movement… while being cheered on by passersby honking their horn in support of the 99% movement.

Unions across the nation, including the National AFLCIO, the New Jersey AFLCIO, and the Industrial Union Council of New Jersey, have endorsed and demonstrated with the Occupy movement. In many cities, the Occupiers have joined union picket lines in addition to protesting abuses by banks and Wall Street trading firms.

Pictures of the visit can be found at http://aftnj.org/topics/tag/union-of-rutgers-administrators/.

What do you think URA should do? Respond to union@ura-aft.org and let us know.