Plans for March Saturday Approved at General Assembly
Members of Occupy New Hampshire joined unionized workers from the New Hampshire Union Leader this evening in a picket outside Manchester’s Radisson Hotel, where the newspaper’s publisher, Joseph McQuaid, was attending the Annual Dinner of the NH Business and Industry Association.
Over the past two years, workers at the Union Leader accepted a 12 percent of their pay and loss of several full-time jobs “to help our struggling company,” union members said. Now they are facing new management proposals for an additional 10 percent pay cut and the loss of 6 more full time jobs.
The current contract expires December 31, which could make the newspaper’s annual First Amendment Dinner, November 10 in Concord, an interesting affair if the conflict remains heated.
Occupy New Hampshire members seemed pleased to act in solidarity with the union, Local 31167 of the Communications Workers of America.
The Occupy New Hampshire General Assembly began with a moment of silence in honor of Scott Olsen, an Iraq War veteran who is in intensive care following a police attack on members of Occupy Oakland last night. Afterward, they approved a proposed march scheduled for Saturday at noon. The “Historic Protest Tour” will begin at Veterans Park with talks by Will Hopkins and Will Thomas, both of whom are active in Veterans for Peace. The march will proceed to the millworker statue in the Manchester millyard, where Katie Talbert will speak about the history of workers in the city, and pass by the local office of Bank of America.
Other topics of discussion included an update on the cases of the 19 people who were ticketed or arrested last Wednesday, a suggested protest outside the Radisson Friday evening during a Rick Perry appearance, and the creation of a unity statement. Participation in the General Assembly grew from 21 at the beginning to 29 by the time it ended with the singing of “We Shall Not Be Moved.”
General Assemblies are now taking place every evening. If this evening’s was any indication, active participants are settling into a constructive pattern that includes agenda formation, committee reports, welcoming new people, and a minimum of ideological wrangling.