Is Organized Labor’s Support for Occupy Wall Street Surprising?

Mike Elk

Editor’s note: Mike Elk appeared on RTAmerica to discuss what the support of organized labor will mean for Occupy Wall Street, and what Occupy Wall Street means in turn to organized labor.

Elk says he was surprised by the endorsements from AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka and AFSCME head Gerry McEntee, since Typically labor leaders don’t do what they can’t control.” Watch the video for more:

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Mike Elk wrote for In These Times and its labor blog, Working In These Times, from 2010 to 2014. He is currently a labor reporter at Politico.
Democratic Rep. Summer Lee, who at the time was a candidate for the state House, at a demonstration in Pittsburgh for Antwon Rose, who was killed by police, in 2018. Lee recently defeated her 2024 primary challenger.
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