The AFL-CIO, the Greater Boston Labor Council, and other labor groups are headed to Dewey Square tomorrow to show their support for the Occupants.
At 10 am, incoming Massachusetts AFL-CIO president -- and Massachusetts State Senator -- Steven A. Tolman will visit Occupy Boston "as part of a national week of action calling for long-awaited and desperately-needed jobs for middle class workers," according to the group. In addition to showing the union's "support of the Occupy Boston efforrts by thousands of grassroots activists," Tolman will also be attempting "to focus attention on the need to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act . . . [put] an end to corporate greed, and ... call attention to U.S. Senator Scott Brown’s vote against legislation aimed at repairing crumbling infrastructure and creating more than 2 million jobs nationwide." Local #mapoli nerds will want to note that this event marks the first public appearance by Tolman in his new role; he has vowed to resign his Senate seat as soon as he votes on the casino gambling bill.
At 1 pm, State Rep Marty Walsh will join labor leaders from the Mass. Building Trades Council and the Greater Boston Labor Council in a rally at the decrepit North Washington Street Bridge in the North End (heading into Charlestown) to call for more infrastructure investment.
And that's all building towards a 3 pm rally that will see the AFL-CIO, the Building Trades workers, Jobs with Justice, and many more in descending on Dewey Square for a massive show of support for the insurgent grassroots movement.
These two events come on the heels of several successful shows of solidarity with Occupy Boston, including visits by the Massachusetts Nurses Association -- who brought along Cornel West -- and the Iron Workers Union.