Sheet Metal Workers Opposes Eviction of Peaceful Protestors

Joseph Nigro

The following statement from General President Joseph Nigro of the Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) is in response to police actions initiated in the dead of night against participants in the Occupy Wall Street movement.

You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. Our democracy belongs to all of us, not big donors and corporate interests who equate mass amounts of wealth proportionally with the right to free speech.

A movement is emerging to reclaim our nation’s democracy. That is why the protesters’ message and actions have resonated throughout America.  No action by a billionaire politician to silence the ninety nine percent of the America people will ever shut that down.

We urge our current generation of politicians to bear heed to how history has unkindly judged those in the past who have stood in the way of progress.

The Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association (SMWIA) represents over 140,000 skilled men and women employed throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico in the construction, manufacturing, service, railroad and shipyard industries.

The SMWIA is affiliated with the American Federation of Labor and Council of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO  and the Canadian Labor Council.