The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

November 17, 2011
SEIU Local 1000 staging Occupy event, employment rally

20110705_AT_AirQuality_3_19.JPGSEIU Local 1000 is planning an "Occupy Highway 99" event later today to show support for the broader Occupy movement that has swept the nation.

The local, which represents 95,000 state employees, wants members to meet at the Highway 99 pedestrian overpass just north of 12th Avenue from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. today.

On Saturday the union is staging a "Put America Back to Work" rally at Cesar Chavez Park in Downtown Sacramento from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Click here for more details about both events.

Local 1000's announcements underscore how organized labor is now embracing the "Occupy Wall Street" movement by lining up with protesters who are dissatisfied with the economy, high unemployment and the widening gap between the wealthiest 1 percent of Americans and everyone else.

And with California's public employees taking fire for everything from their members' pay and pensions to their relative job security and civil service protections, labor has been trying to refocus the public debate about what government workers have to a discussion about what just about everyone in the private sector doesn't.

PHOTO: Traffic on Highway 99 in Sacramento on July 5, 2011. A.Tambunan / Sacramento Bee

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