Wall St. Office Cleaners Join March For Better Jobs

office cleaners and guards Occupy Wall StreetBy Michelle Nichols and Paula Rogo

NEW YORK, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Hundreds of office cleaners and guards marched near Wall Street on Wednesday demanding good jobs and protesting economic inequality, while a smaller group of demonstrators rallied at JPMorgan Chase's skyscraper.

The marches were part of a growing Occupy Wall Street movement, the month-long protests that have inspired solidarity rallies planned for Thursday at some 90 U.S. college campuses. Demonstrations have occurred in more than 1,400 cities around the world.

The movement began on Sept. 17, when protesters set up camp in a park near Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, upset that the billions of dollars in bank bailouts doled out during the recession allowed banks to resume earning huge profits while average Americans have had no relief from high unemployment and job insecurity.

Participants also complain the richest 1 percent of Americans do not pay their fair share of taxes.

More than 750 cleaners, security guards and other building service workers converged on the financial district to march for better-paying jobs, while at a nearby rally outside a JPMorgan Chase skyscraper police said about 100 people walked around the building and then returned to their camp in the park.

Police said they arrested four people at the bank building.

Barricades had been placed outside the JPMorgan Chase building in preparation for the protest, and many police officers stood on duty.

The building service workers union, the Service Employees International Union, which organized the march, said contracts for tens of thousands of workers were about to expire.

"We're out here because there's no jobs and we're about to lose our jobs. We're tired and we're fed up and we need these people in here to hear us," said Carla Thomas, 47, a building security guard, gesturing toward Wall Street.

People who live near Zuccotti Park where the protesters are based have been complaining that loud music at night, including bongo playing, is keeping their children awake.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said the protests can continue as long as laws are obeyed.

Deputy Mayor Cas Holloway said the mayor told the protesters the park would be cleaned on Friday due to unsanitary conditions created over the past three weeks.

"The cleaning will be done in stages and the protesters will be able to return to the areas that have been cleaned provided they abide by the rules" established for the park, Holloway said in a statement.

At a rally in San Francisco, 11 protesters were arrested on Wednesday when up to 200 people demonstrated at the Wells Fargo corporate headquarters, blocking entrances and sticking posters on the building, one that read: "My bank went to bail-out land and all I got was a lousy recession."

Trust Broken

Protesters appeared to be directing frustration at JP Morgan Chase's high-profile chief executive, Jamie Dimon.

About 500 protesters on Tuesday met on Manhattan's upscale Upper East Side, marching past the homes of Dimon, hedge fund manager John Paulson, media mogul Rupert Murdoch and David Koch, co-founder of energy firm Koch Industries.

Several of those being criticized by the protesters have shown understanding, sympathy or support for the Occupy Wall Street movement, including a U.S. Federal Reserve official, President Barack Obama and some corporate executives.

Citigroup Chief Executive Vikram Pandit said on Wednesday the sentiments of the protesters were "completely understandable" and that he would be happy to speak with them.

"Trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall Street's job, to reach out to Main Street and rebuild that trust," he told a business breakfast hosted by Fortune magazine.

Bill Gross, manager of PIMCO, the world's biggest bond fund, posted on Twitter late on Tuesday: "Class warfare by the 99%? Of course, they're fighting back after 30 years of being shot at."

A Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Wednesday that 82 percent of Americans had heard of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement, and 38 percent felt favorably toward it. Thirty-five percent were undecided, and about one-quarter unfavorable.

Hundreds of people were arrested in previous rallies in New York, and police have used pepper spray on protesters.

Demonstrators were arrested in Washington, Boston and Chicago on Tuesday at protests inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

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Its about time private sector unions in construction are losing benifits,wages and jobs. and work very hard to keep their jobs .While public sector union get raises and dont work example i saw three mta workers painting a column two where watching the others work. In the private sector all would have lost there jobs[fired] also greedy builders in NYC are exploiting non union workers mostly hard working mexicans low wages and no benifits god bless the protesters

October 16 2011 at 3:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All hard working American workers and hard working Union members should stand behind these protesters. It is good to see that more and more people are speaking out against coorperate corruption and Wall Street ripping of American home owners for too long. God Bless America.

October 14 2011 at 6:45 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

oddly, I predict a lot of blue collar job openings on wall st. in the near future.

October 14 2011 at 4:46 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Heck when the JP Morgan/Chase give the police a gift of 4.6 million, which side would expect and demand they stand on?


October 14 2011 at 4:37 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

If the authorities in New York really want to kill tourism, then all they have to do is treat every one of those OWS protestors badly who came from all over the United States. Contrary to what New Yorker authorities, may believe, when those folks go back home, they are going to have some very bad stories about how unhospitable New York was, thus confirming that it is not a good vacation destination for normal sightseeing. Then it will hit the web, and New York will become a less desirable state for folks to visit and spend money.

Call it a self-fulfilling prophecy.

New York needs to stop kissing up to the wealthy, and start having the attitude of being one of those 13 original colonies that rebelled against the corporate greed of England back during the Revolutionary War. It is the American way!

October 14 2011 at 2:51 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

Sandi I hope your chapped rearend feels good......I have waitressed,I have worked as a certified nurses aide in the alzheimers unit in a nursing home and I have worked in a factory.I was glad for the jobs I have had even though it was minimum wage.It felt good to work with my hands even though it was only minimum wage.There was nothing more satisfying.Go back behind the shrubs and smoke your pot,collect your foodstamps and gripe and complain because you believe the government and the top 1% owes you a living.

October 14 2011 at 1:49 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

looks like tonight's the night they evict these fools.

October 14 2011 at 12:24 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

no one came along and gave me better pay for doing a job that requires no experience and little to no training. if you want a better life, make one for yourself. people make decisions; i went to college and got a job. you clearly did not. pay reflects responsibility. the head of a bank is held responsible for a ton of stuff out of their control and they have to deal with the consequences and scrutiny. you don't see me yelling at you while you are cleaning toilets, do you? you empty garbage cans, we're in charge of a reconciliation process that involves billions/trillions of dollars (and i bet i work longer hours)... you tell me who should make more money. but blame it on the banks for you not having a better job. sounds like an awful argument to me. at some point, the only finger you should be pointing is towards yourself.

PS... newsflash, banks are important. companies are allowed to do things that individuals cannot. life's not fair. grow up. protesting is one thing, protesting against the finance industry is another. go protest kids on drugs. that's what is really going to cause the downfall of society.

October 14 2011 at 12:06 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Hey, if i was young, i'd quit school, live in a park, don't wash, do drugs, beg for food, urinate where i want, harrass people that have jobs and responsibility until they give me half of what they have because i don't have as much as they do. damm, why did i waste my time getting an education, serve my country, get a job and work my way up the ladder, I may be a little crazy, but i sure as hell ain't no socialist.

October 13 2011 at 11:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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worthless post.
It hatters very little how old you are, stupid is stupid, bagger.

October 14 2011 at 12:18 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

There is a famous quote: "It is generally better to tax the rich than to wait until the poor rise up to kill them."

October 13 2011 at 11:21 PM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

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