Thousands March on Banking District to Call for Financial Reform
DETROIT, June 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President Jim Hoffa joined newly elected United Auto Workers (UAW) President Bob King, representatives from the AFL-CIO, NAACP, Interfaith Worker Justice, Jobs with Justice and the more than 1,400 delegates from the 2010 UAW Convention to march down to Detroit's banking district to tell big banks and corporations that the assault on the middle class must end now.
The "Good Jobs Now!" march and rally brought advocates from workers' rights and social justice groups together to call for a reinvestment in the middle class and a commitment to creating good jobs.
"It's time to stop the war on the American worker," Hoffa said. "It's time to put America back to work. It's time for us to say – enough is enough."
Following a march from the Cobo Center, the participants rallied in the banking district, chanting "Take back America!"
"We've been under attack and we must win justice for our members," King said. "To win, we must be part of a broad social justice movement, that's why we are here with the Teamsters, NAACP, Jobs with Justice, Interfaith Worker Justice and the AFL-CIO. The fight for justice never stops. Today is a first small step."
Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents more than 1.4 million hardworking men and women in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.
SOURCE International Brotherhood of Teamsters