MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Labor unions joined the front lines Saturday in what Occupy Minnesota has termed “the fight against corporate greed.”

Union members marched by the hundreds as part of an international day of action against Wall Street and banks. Saturday’s protest was one of the largest Minnesota has seen in the last month.

Public workers, state employees, students and the many other faces that make up Occupy Minnesota have made their message clear in the past weeks with several catchy chants.Their Chants tell their story and list their demands: They want a more balanced distribution of income and a return back to the basics of democracy.

Saturday’s protest spotlighted this chant: “Banks got bailed out. We got sold out!”

At the center of the march, a group carried two coffins that symbolized the death of middle class America. The protesters dropped the coffins off at two downtown bank locations: the U.S. Bank building and a Wells Fargo branch.

At People’s Plaza, several of Minnesota’s labor leaders took to the microphone as part of Saturday’s anniversary of Black Tuesday – the day the stock market first plummeted on October 29, 1929, beginning what would be the Great Depression.

Eliot Seide represents a union made up of 40,000 Minnesota public sector workers.

“People are just fed up with bailing out the folks who need the help the least, and not helping the folks who need the help the most.” Seide said.

Also joining the fight to support Main Street America was the Minnesota Nurses Association.

“We believe we stand in solidarity with the patients we care for to make sure they’re taken care of,” said Bernadine Engeldorf, the vice president of the Minnesota Nurses Association.

The nurses said they see firsthand the impact of economic crisis on their patients’ mental health.

“We see an increase in depression being admitted to our hospital over that economic crisis,” Engeldorf said.

Protesters said they believe change begins with lower compensation for bankers, less profits for banks, and bailouts for students with loans and home owners with mortgages.

The protesters said the movement that will change disparity in America forever must start now.

Comments (73)
  1. Amazing says:

    How weak is that? Watch it grow for a few weeks and then and then jump on the bus. Parasite unions; wow..

    1. Deb says:

      See that shows you how much you have been watching. The Unions joined, apparently before you did! If you are making more than a dollar a day, thank the Unions! If you are working in clean safe environment, thank the Unions. If you support the wealthy elite and are not part of the wealthy elite, that is just plain stupid. The Unions are the Middle Class! The Middle Class is the conscience and the back bone of the Country. This Country runs off the Middle Class! Now if you still support the policies of the wealthy elite that put nothing in your pockets, That really is stupidity. 147 companies control the world. The wealthy have seen their income go up 275% in the past 30 years. Has your income gone up that much?

      1. Amazing Deb says:

        I’m not working. The union eliminated my job in a compromise negotiation.

      2. Got it wrong says:

        On the coffins they should have marked. We are greedy union workers and we want everyones money without working for it. We want 10 people to work on every one person job. We demand more than were worth. You Deb, are just fos.

        1. Deb says:

          You need to go back and study some history. People fought and died to make sure people in this country got a living wage. safe working conditions and benefits and people like you want to throw all that away. Either you are one of the selfish wealthy elite, The 1%, or you are one of the brain washed minions of the wealthy elite who stupidly supports their positions and putting more money in the 1% pockets and don’t realize they are going against their own self interests! So it appears you are incredibly self serving or working your ass off to put more and more money into the pockets of the wealthy by going with out yourself! Has your earnings gone up 275% in the past 30 years? The rich has.

          1. John H says:

            So…..buy some stock in that “greedy” company….earn dividends !!!!….what if the investment failed ? they would lose millions !Q!

      3. A Voter says:

        Finally, someone who knows the score.

      4. Dean Bell says:

        If you are working, thank a capitalist.

        1. Deb says:

          And if your earnings haven’t gone up but $1.36 in the past 30 yrs while the wealthy has gone up 275% thank a capitalist!.

      5. al says:

        yea and if your company got bankrupted by Union greed like General Motors did, THANK THE UNIONS!

      6. NIck says:

        My income has gone from $15k to $80k in the past 7 years. All of it full-time. Without a union. It’s amazing what investing in yourself does

      7. whatnonsense says:

        DEB … COME ON NOW.. we have MIN. WAGE in this country NOTHING to do with the UNIONS we have all sorts of things that are NOT from the UNIONS but from the GOVERNMENT.. who are doing what the UNIONS use to do BEFORE they decided to become INTERNATIONAL POWER AND MONEY hungry..and who members SUPPORT with their dues the HIGH ARCHY of the unions.THINK the unions care about the workers and more than you claim that the CORPORATIONS do? THAN why are they allowing ILLEGAL WORKERS to join? it’s a about YOUR money…NOW if you have a problem with a company (CORPORATION) here’s a suggestion QUIT SUPPORTING them by BUYING their products ITS REALLY SIMPLE.. EXAMPLE .. APPLE make to much money and to your brain doesn’t GIVE enough don’t BUY and APPLE computer.. an i-phone.. go on i-tunes..ETC.. Your as dumb as a box of rocks.. your also a hypocrite YOU support the companies that your complaining about…SOMETIMES you just have to make the HARD choices.. LIKE WORKING who the heck promised you a rose garden?

        1. Deb says:

          How stupid are you? Minimum wage has nothing to do with the Unions? My boy, you need to go do some educating of yourself, We would not have minimum wage if it weren’t for the Unions!!!! In your mind you think all of the safety nets are from the Government? When have any of the Congress people done anything with out pressure from some one? If it’s good and work related it came from your UNION! Man, more proof our Education system is lacking! Read Junior find out the truth and get off neocon owned media! You must be what 10? My 10 year old Grandkids know more about the history of this country than you do!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. TiredOfOccupyMN says:

    As an employee of U.S. Bank, I’m tired of all of the bail-out talk. My company did not ask for nor did it need a bail-out from the government. The government forced it upon the company and it was repaid the second the government gave us the okay.

    You know what folks? The majority of the people who work for the bank are in the 99% and we go to work and do our jobs because we have mouths to feed and bills to pay, just like everyone else.

    1. Thank You, Thank You says:

      Keep it up. Rich guys like me just love people like you. Your attitude is what helps keeps our taxes at historic lows.

      Plus you work at USBank and you have no clue as to how bad I and the other investment bankers ripped you off?

      I absolutely love it!!

  3. not 1% and not 99% says:

    This is a made up story by the media, the unions and public workers as a whole are not part of this BS

    1. Lies!! says:

      The media never tell you the truth, so what’s the use? They continue to follow the Red Chinese agenda for world domination, as they have for decades.

      PEOPLE!! WAKE UP!!!

    2. Deb says:

      You may not think you are but if you aren’t part of the wealthy elite, you are the 99%. You may not be actively involved in this but when the protesters succeed you will reap the rewards of a better world. The wealthy elite are making all their decisions based on their greed and demands for control and power. Some one needs to stop them or their demands will have a huge impact on your world or lack of one. They cannot continue to disregard 99% of the population just so they can have more and you can have less.

      1. John H says:

        There is the 47% [pay no Fed taxes ] then the 53% who do…..these are the only #,s that matter !!!!

    3. Deb says:

      Let me guess, a loyal fox viewer?

  4. Think about it says:

    Maybe I’m stupid, but I still can’t figure out exactly what they are protesting.

    “They want a more balanced distribution of income and a return back to the basics of democracy”

    So that says to me they want some of my income for doing nothing. Sorry, I am having a hard time paying my bills, and even if I was not I would not “distribute” any part of my income to them.

    I donate to charities when I can, I have done over $3000 of work on friends cars/trucks/lawn mower/etc. in the last 2 months for free, I always stop on the road when there is a stranded car.

    “People are just fed up with bailing out the folks who need the help the least, and not helping the folks who need the help the most”

    So again what does this mean? Do I think the banks should have been baled out, NO, I don’t. Do I think these loosers should be baled out, see previose answer.

    I would love to join legitimate protests, but have to go to work on Monday, kind of makes me wonder why these people don’t. They have “occupied” NY, AZ, MN, wherever else, they have cost the local police departments millions of dollars, littered the streets and parks (another cost of cleaning this up).

    Why don’t you people try “occupieng” a cube, desk, assembly station, etc. If I have to explain this you should probably plan on joining them tommorow.

    Funny they can afford the tatoos, pink hair, body piercings, staying in the park for a week. My tax dollars hard at work.

    Big surprise the unions support this, it is basically the same thing they do, collect dues, do nothing other than defend their exorbanant salaries, and protest any time anyone does anything that they don’t like.

    You want to do something for America and yourself, get a job and do your part.

    If you want “change” you need to make a deposit first.

    1. Jim H says:

      I agree with you completely!!

    2. Deb says:

      So “Think about it” has your income gone up 275% in the past thirty years? Because the wealthy elite’s has. Are you one of the 147 companies that control the world? By your own admission you” have a hard enough time paying your bills.” Why is it the average person’s salary has only gone up $1.36 [taking into consideration the cost of living] the past thirty years? Life isn’t easy and the wealthy elite want to make damn sure it gets harder for YOU. They want to put more of your money into their pockets just like they have been doing through criminal actions, tax loopholes, union busting and benefit reductions like no or little medical benefits, unpaid vacations, unpaid sick days. Why do you think there is such a war by the conservatives against Unions? They want Unions gone because they can’t rip off the workers with less pay and benefits. Greed is destroying this country and the world!

      You have responsibilities , you do what you can for everyone and that is admirable. Wouldn’t you like it to get easier? Don’t worry, the protesters are there to carry on the fight for a better world. They will change the paradigm of the country and we will all reap the rewards.

      1. Hey Deb got it right says:

        Your right Greedy unions are destroying this country and the world. First thing you posted that made sence.

        1. Porpman says:

          @ “Hey Deb got it right” Teapublican, eh? Unions are not the greed destroying this country, and that was a sorry attempt to twist words. To say otherwise is indicative of one of two things – you don’t understand the benefits of unions to every economy in the world, or you have a large business and unions threaten your ability to pay a pittance.

      2. Jake says:

        Hey Deb, you need to get a life. Jobs with living wages are out there, if you TRAIN FOR THEM. If you are one of those who pursues a dead end career because it makes you FEEL good, but there are few opportunities, well, you made a BAD CAREER CHOICE. If you got yourself all loaded up on student loans and didn’t learn anything that any employer wants to pay for, that’s YOUR fault. If you didn’t consider the military, where you can get the GI BILL, that’s YOUR fault. If you earned a worthless degree and can’t find a job in your “area of expertise”, that’s YOUR fault. Ever heard of doing research on future job trends BEFORE deciding on a career path? Didn’t think so.

  5. Rubble says:

    Ge a grip. They are protesting a real problem in this country. TAKE IT TO THE STREETS!

  6. What About Union Greed? says:

    “the fight against corporate greed.”

  7. Corporation of One says:

    I created a corporation in Minnesota. I’m the only one in the corporation. And I’m not greedy. I’m just fighting to survive, day-by-day, providing for my family, by helping others solve their problems.

    Why don’t you guys get off your butts, form a corporation, and do or provide something useful for society?

  8. Mark Edwards says:

    I don’t know that having the labor unions join in is such a good thing, as they ARE big business.
    Hell, there the biggest bussiness in the U.S.

  9. Citizen says:

    First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
    Mohandas Gandhi

    1. Jake says:

      Yeah, and what is India like these days?? Building tin can cars, stealing away American jobs, preparing for WW IIII. Great. Not even Mother Theresa could help them stop the overpopulation of their country.

  10. Sick of Occupy says:

    Wow- “Think about it” you nailed it” So they want some of my money? No, I work for it, you guys lay around waiting for someone to give you something. You want your student loans forgiven? So who is going to pay for that loan that you signed and agreed to repay, the 99%?, your word means nothing.You want to return to democracy? Pay your way and quit waiting for someone to do it for you. You know what, the real 99% is sick up picking up the tab for you guys and your greedy unions!! If I were you I would ask Michael Moore and the unions to get of your side. Michael Moore is one of the 1%, go ask him to pay your loan

    1. Rich Guy says:

      You got it! They want you and me to pay a little more of our hard-earned capital gains in taxes? The nerve!!

      Don’t know about you, but for me, that money’s earmarked for another Mercedes CLS63 AMG.

      And the unions!! Always wanting more money and better benefits for their members. You’d think they’s be happy and content with what we provide them, those ingrates!!

      1. Sick of Occupy says:

        The unions almost single handedly destroyed the Auto industry in this country, and probably will down the road. So Rich Guy, quit beating up people who work for what they have, I think they are getting sick of having to justify working hard and being rewarded for their efforts. The liberal agenda is taking a major toll on this country. The 1% you are attacking are paying over 70% of the tab, I think they are paying more than their fair “share”

        1. Citizen says:

          The unions destroyed the auto industry? I guess automation, outsourcing of parts purchasing and production, competition from overseas automakers, and corporate mismanagement played no part in the troubles of the auto industry, eh. There are a lot of people who would like a job, or even your job, sick. A lot of us are tired of the CONservative agenda against any sort of help for the poor, elderly, children, and unemployed, too.

          1. Sick of Occupy says:

            Yes, they have almost destroyed the auto industry, you can’t even argue that. So you don’t think other companies should compete here? Any sort of help for the poor,elderly,children and the unemployed? I think unemployment get 99 weeks now correct. I know, thats not enough and you want more, right? By the way, the major mianagement of the auto industry was agreeing to the ridiculous demands of the union.

            1. Citizen says:

              The founder of Ford Motor Co., Henry Ford, knew that you have to pay your workers enough money to afford your product; thus, the Model T was created. People on unemployment SPEND their money and CONSUME which is what the economy around the world–not just the U.S.–needs right now. So, “sick,” you would take away peoples’ incomes and their ability to spend and you (wrongly) think that would help? Yes, it would help–line the pockets of the very wealthy once again at the expense of everyone else. And the auto industry is far from destroyed–competition and shake outs of incompetent managers are what happens during austere times, and that makes for a better company later. CEO’s making millions at the expense of the workers have no real monetary stake in a company’s success because their “success and income” are not tied to competent management. They get rewarded whether the company fails, goes bankrupt, lays off all the workers, or whatever happens. The CEO’s have taken care of themselves at the expense of everyone else and America.

              1. sid says:

                Maybe we should do the Yugoslavia model. The government run auto industry and the creator of the YOGU. Everyone could afford one.

                1. jimmy says:

                  You must be refering you a YoYo made by Duncan, fine toy.

        2. Well I'll tell ya says:

          I AM one of the 1%. And if you think I’m paying that much in taxes, you don’t know what you’re talking about. Obviously I pay a lot more than you do because I make a lot more than you do. But my tax rate is as low as it’s been in 50 years and I am absolutely LOVING it.

          And one way I maximize my personal income is to maximize my corporate income. And a great way to do that is to pay my labor as little as I can, and give them as few benefits as possible. The more they think they’re lucky I’m giving them their job, the better.

          What’s that song? Work your fingers to the bone?

          All I have to say is, “Get back to work!!”

    2. Deb says:

      Why is it people read a headline or hear a talking point on some CORPORATE owned and controlled news program and think they know everything about something!

      The protesters don’t want YOUR money. They want jobs that will give them a living wage! They want some one to represent them in this Government So we need to take the money out of Washington! They want an end to the wars. Not just a rearranging of Military operations. They don’t want a bait and switch operation. Replacing the Military with mercenaries may keep our soldiers out of harms way in Iraq, but replacing them with private security firms still takes a big chunk of money and merely makes some old white man richer! We want all people held accountable to the same laws regardless of income! We need to focus on people living instead of killing! Fix out infrastructure, education system, health care! We need to make our country work for ALL the people not just the wealthy elite!!!!! Has your income gone up 275% in the past thirty years? The wealthy elite’s has!!!!

      1. Jake says:

        Actually, Deb, my income has gone up about 600% over the past 30 years, not figuring inflation into it. As for a job with a ‘living wage’, well I know three people who have gotten new jobs within the past year — full time, a living wage, and even some benefits.

        You won’t get a decent job if you participate in these stupid protests, identify yourself on the internet, use dope, get all weirded out with the tats and the head piercings, and don’t get yourself educated with a USABLE SKILL. A
        BS degree in basketweaving or fingerpainting isn’t going to cut it. Pay your bills, show some respect and self-discipline, stay out of jail, and you just might make it.

        1. jimmy says:

          Considering the min. wage in 1980 was 3.10 that means you making 18.60 today. Not bad pay if you’re living under a bridge.

          1. Jake says:

            Actually, I was making about $5 an hour, while serving in the military. Time to redo your math there, Jimmy boy.

  11. Citizen says:

    A comment that bears repeating:
    The upper class has actually convinced the rest of America that standing up for something better is un – American. That working hard at a minimum wage job is a privilege they should be happy about, and the American dream is all about 99% of America lowering its standard of living to propel the very few at the top to new heights.
    And Americans seem to be buying it. They seem to hate each other more than they want to live better themselves.

    1. Jake says:

      No it doesn’t. Just because you say so doesn’t mean it’s true. Learn a useful skill, and you won’t have to settle for MINIMUM WAGE, you can demand MORE. There are employers all over this state looking for good people with GOOD skills, and they can’t find them. Don’t graduate from college with a BS in “BS”.

  12. Jim says:

    Just keep spending those unemployment checks ay Walmart and wondering why your job went away. The Chinese are loving it.

    1. Citizen says:

      Actually, Jim, the Chinese are not loving it. Right now there is a real crackdown starting with the flow of Western information via the internet, TV, and communication such as Twitter (the Chinese have their own version, I believe). There is a change in the Red Chinese government and “fraternization” with the West is being curtailed. The Chinese are buying very few U.S. treasury notes, and are actually marketing more “things” to their own people–relying less on the West.

  13. One of the 1 percent LOL says:

    Two of the things that are destroying this country are 1. Welfare leeches. and 2. Unions. Drug test anyone getting food stamp or any other type of welfare and can the Unions. Shop around for non union made big purchases and home school you children if possible

  14. JimRockford says:

    I support the 99%
    Here is a link for those who “claim” they just can’t figure it out—->http://www.commondreams.org/further/2011/10/24

    1. john says:

      You need a link to explain it? The reason no one knows what they stand for is they ask people protesting and they get 100 differant answers, from down with capitalism to pay for our student loans. This is a group of malcontents with no central theme except we hate america.

    2. Get a job and get off welfare says:

      Where do you get the 99 percent _. I haven’t talked to any normal person that supports this. I think you and the rest of the slime are delusional.

      1. Deb says:

        And what do you consider “normal”. The problem is the Democracy of the 1940’s and 50’s doesn’t work any more because it was hijacked by a bunch of greedy pricks who wanted not just their share but your share of the wealth also. All you need to remember is this. the wealthy elite’s [1%] wealth has gone up 275% has yours? The Democracy that we learned about in school no longer exists. It was replaced by Capitalism and if not stopped will continue to bode well for the wealthy elite and only the wealthy elite. We need to bring Democracy back and under that umbrella are many different areas that need fixing.

        1. Kate says:

          where do you people come from. You read some blog full of bs and you grab a sign and run out and ask for a handout. Your just plain ol bums just like we had in the 40’s, 50’s and every decade till now. The protest should be called the 1% because thats how many bums we have at any one time.

  15. See BS says:

    Aristea looks really pretty in this report — too bad she has to be around all those smelly and lazy hippies.

  16. Deb says:

    And how do you know they smell? Because some faux news reporter repeated the republican talking points memo? Not to deep are you?

    1. lolcatlol says:

      Living in a park for a month tends to make annoying people smell bad. fact

      “faux news”? You’re not very “deep” are you? The vast majority of Americans get their news from Fox so I guess you’re just a partisan cry-baby huh? Sore loser lol

    2. See BS says:

      She looks like a bouquet of flowers, in the middle of a yard full of dog doo doos everywhere.

      I watch WCCO for news everyday and that’s it — I’m not a 24 hour news junky like you.

      Who was the pothead drama queen who thought up the coffins? Wow!! that is so riviting and original.

      1. Citizen says:

        @See. The coffin idea is not original; it was part of the protests in the 1960’s about the dead soldiers returning from VietNam. Coffins were paraded on college campuses around the country.

        1. See BS says:

          Did it make Draft Dodgers feel better? College Campuses took cash in exchange for draft waivers (war profiteering)

  17. roger says:

    Unions are disgusting, vile and lazy people!

    Also worth mentioning is that “Wall Street” had itself a history making month… profit wise! ooops! 🙂

    Another thing: The internet now allows people to exercise freedom of speech anytime they wish. Why are these people allowed to threaten violence and mayhem by their constant presence and social interruptions? That’s not speech! That’s harassment and obstructionism. Not to mention the huge amounts of money they cost the cities! Use the internet for your “speech”, the 60s are long over. There is technology now!

    Send these spoiled kids and “rent-a-mobs” home.

    Next time, before you believe some college (who wants your money), do your own research… It not rocket science to see that 90% of these college degrees aren’t really worth squat in the $marketplace$! It’s not OUR fault you were stupid enough to believe a liberal arts degree was worth more than the paper printed upon. And let’s not forget ethnic and gender studies, the “value” those subjects must hold to society are priceless! *mock*

    I guess science is too hard and thus any degree will do?? lol

    Grow up please, tyvm

  18. Murph says:

    These GOP’ers make Nixon look like a choir boy!

    1. Chuckles says:

      dont matter, the big O is going down no matter who they run. Its all over Murph and you know it.

  19. Bill Jones says:

    This is hillarious, the unions are joing OWS. The unions are 100 times more corrupt and dishonest than Wall Street. Maybe the unions can help knee-cap some people for them. Maybe the union bosses can help the OWS with their huge salaries and bonuses made off the back of worker. maybe union bosses can treat some of the OWS people to their european summer homes?
    Viva HYPOCRACY!!!!

  20. Alton Lee says:

    This brings me back to the Halloween storm in 1991. I was working for a Wall Street company in Mpls. On Halloween after work at 11;00 PM it took me2 hours to get two co-worker home and me. A total of twenty five miles. Saturday day after we were scheduled for overtime, I called the supervisor 2-3 times to see if we had to work. He said yes and we have to be there. I got my two co-workers in to work after a difficult trip of 1/1/2 hours an 25 miles. At 7:00pm I heard snow plows were off the road and no travel advised. I old my supervisor I was leaving. He said I could not because we had work to do. I said I am going to leave and take my two riders with me. He was mad! After the 3 of us left the whole plant followed us.

    1. Jake says:

      So, your point is, exactly? I to had to work at that time, and I work for a utility company, needless to say the bad weather could have affected many customers in a bad way. I made it to work and home JUST FINE, in a vehicle that was not very well suited to that kind of storm (a 2-wheel drive Ford Ranger). Sure, I had to drive slower, but it didn’t take me more than an hour at most to cover my 16-18 mile one way trip. IMO, you were lucky that you weren’t fired. Do you squat to pee, too?

      1. Alton Lee says:

        How about safety for the employees? If the plows were off the road at 7:00pm and no travel was advised, how good do think the roads were going to be 4 hours later at 11.00 pm when the shift ended? You must be a very ignorant redneck. What is your point? That you can drive through snow! I have possibly driven through a lot more snow storms than you because I one was a snow plow driver for a township.

  21. fkafka says:

    Union thugs – they get paid to protest. Why aren’t the Occupy Idiots worried about their union millionaire masters or their celebrity friends – because they refuse to compete in the job market. Start delivering newspapers and cleaning toilets like your parents did and just get government off your back – you’ll feel so free and uplifted

  22. cntrlfrk says:

    More proof that these ‘protests’ are nothing more than Obama Astro-Turfing Brown-shirts.

    If they actually cared about the things they claim to care about, the unions wouldn’t be allowed in, and they would have joined the T.E.A. Party.


  23. Sal says:

    Let the unions frolick with the Occupy freaks. My spouse and I got even by buying two Japanese cars not made by the UAW. Get even not angry. We previously bought 2 Chevy’s, a Pontiac, 2 Chryslers and a Ford before seeing the light. Don’t fight the union thugs….STARVE THEM!

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