Labor came out in a huge way to lend their support to Occupy Detroit this past Sunday, Nov. 6. Chanting, "We are the 99 percent," 500 trade unionists proudly marched down Detroit's main thoroughfare, Woodward Ave., toward the Occupy Detroit encampment at Grand Circus Park. Perhaps even more impressive than their numbers were the material things they brought.
Following alongside the marchers was a U-Haul full of food and supplies, donated by the locals and retiree chapters in the United Auto Workers (UAW) Region 1. Two more vehicles containing supplies collected from individuals and member unions by the Metro Detroit AFL-CIO also rolled along. It wasn't just goods, unions and their members generously opened their wallets.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Union donated something near and dear to the occupier's hearts: porta-potties, located across from the park on the property of Central United Methodist Church. And to insure the occupiers have a workspace safe from the elements, the Metro AFL-CIO has temporarily donated office space.
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