Two weeks and one day in and the Occupy Wall Street protesters are getting some welcome attention: Unions. The small group will gain thousands of bodies over the next few days, reports Talking Points Memo's Carl Franzen. "The 'Occupy Wall Street' protests, now entering their third week, are poised to get a whole lot bigger than its core of 200 to 300 people, potentially even exceeding the protesters original goals of 20,000 demonstrators, thanks to recent pledges of support from some of New York City’s largest labor unions and community groups." Over the week the protests had gained some attention, attracting some non-media coverage-media coverage and celebrities, but the added bodies and money of these groups will both help legitimize and catalyze the movement.
The scrappy operation could gain thousands of bodies as unions join the protests on October 5. A slew of organized labor organizations has gotten involved in the planning, reports Crain's New York Business's Daniel Massey. "The United Federation of Teachers, 32BJ SEIU, 1199 SEIU, Workers United and Transport Workers Union Local 100 are all expected to participate. The Working Families Party is helping to organize the protest and MoveOn.org is expected to mobilize its extensive online regional networks to drum up support for the effort."