Tens of Thousands Stand Strong to Protect the Middle Class
LOS ANGELES, March 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa joined tens of thousands of workers in a massive march and rally in downtown Los Angeles today to lend his voice and support to middle class, working Americans who are fighting to protect their rights on the job.
In Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and California, public employees and their right to collective bargaining are under attack by the same corporate CEOs that have fought to destroy these rights for private sector workers.
"To look out at the thousands of working men and women at today's march is inspiring," said Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa. "Let this serve notice to all the anti-worker, corporate interests that are attacking America's middle class - we will not let them win!"
Labor leaders, workers, students, and community and religious leaders marched through the streets of Los Angeles stopping for actions at the Luxe Hotel, T-Mobile, Ralph's and J.P. Morgan/Chase bank. Workers and union representatives called upon these employers to cease their anti-worker agendas.
Following the march, thousands participated in a rally at Pershing Square where labor and community leaders spoke out in support of working Americans and their fight to protect their way of life. Today's rally was one of dozens of similar actions that took place across the country in what has been dubbed "Solidarity Saturday."
"We must stand together and fight to protect the middle class," Hoffa said. "Together they can't beat us – together we will stop this war on workers."
Founded in 1903, the Teamsters Union represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.