In a move rife with irony, the Occupy Oakland movement has teamed up with local unions to participate in a general strike on Wednesday. Not content to just complain about corporate greed, global warming or animal cruelty, the Occupiers have decided to expand their message to include school closures, reform to union benefits and cuts in social programs. Members from teacher’s and nurses unions as well as other unions gathered to meet the Occupy protesters in front of Oakland’s City Hall Wednesday morning. The city government of Oakland has graciously allowed its unionized employees to use personal days or sick time to join the strike. Organizers plan to end the day’s activities at the Port of Oakland, where they hope to “halt the flow of capital” coming into the port. The International Longshoreman and Warehouse Union say they are not able to sanction a strike, but support the movement against “corporate greed that is wrecking America”.
No word yet on whether anyone participating finds it ironic that Occupy Oakland is joining forces with the very unions responsible for sucking up so much taxpayer money that schools and social programs are forced to shut down. America will wait breathlessly to see how many jobs were created at the Port of Oakland once the “flow of capital” is blocked. Stay tuned to Conservative Daily News for more updates.