Bloomberg: Unions behind Day of Action, hijacked Occupy movement

posted at 3:15 pm on November 18, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Ya think?  I wonder what gave it away — the tactics of disruption that we’ve come to see with all Big Labor efforts?  Let’s not forget that the first “occupation” didn’t take place on Wall Street, or even in New York, but in Madison in February of this year.  In fact, Michael Bloomberg is being a little too generous when he attempts to distinguish between the everyday Occupiers and the Day of Action provocateurs on the streets yesterday:

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg suggested Friday that unions took over the Occupy Wall Street protest yesterday.

“A vast percentage of the people were union members protesting — some private unions and then some municipal unions — and they had, you know, organized signs and leadership and that sort of thing,” Bloomberg said on WOR radio station Friday. “So it really wasn’t the protesters that have been in Zuccotti Park or that you see around the country.”

Bloomberg added, “It was just an opportunity for a bunch of unions to complain or to protest or whatever they want to do.”

The mayor warned that some of those union members, especially the municipal union members — should “step back” and realize that their salaries depend on the city’s ability to attract companies, investors and people who pay taxes.

I’d say that the unions went all in on Occupy weeks ago.  Democrats certainly did, after all, and so did New York’s independent political party with even deeper union affiliations, the Working Families Party. The AFL-CIO openly expressed its support for a “Day of Action” a few days ago, as Tina reported at the time, as a way to push for more infrastructure stimulus — the kind of spending that benefits the unions.

Perhaps Bloomberg is mindful that the OWS protests still have some popularity in the city, and figures he can criticize the unions as provocateurs while pandering to the other demonstrators.  I doubt that anyone outside of the camps are making the distinction any longer, though, and probably not too many of those inside the camps bother, either. The supposed “hijacking” either took place well before yesterday’s nonsense, or it didn’t take place at all, and I’m inclined to believe the latter.

On the other hand, perhaps some of this does come from old-fashioned lunacy.  Verum Serum provides this video from earlier today, after police at UC Berkeley finally cleared out their own Occupier camp with little trouble, albeit an operation delayed by an investigation into an unrelated shooting on campus earlier this week.  The Occupier shooting the video tries taunting the police by accusing them of the shooting, and eventually the officer makes a point of mentioning the image on the protester’s shirt:

Police shot Christopher Travis on Tuesday, after he pointed a gun at police who repeatedly told him to put the gun down:

Travis was gunned down by an officer who fired several shots after police say he ignored repeated orders to put the weapon down. There were 14 other people in the lab at the time, including four officers, said UC Berkeley police Lt. Alex Yao. …

University authorities said a staff member first saw Travis carrying a backpack with what appeared to be a gun inside in an elevator at the business school. The staffer told a colleague, who contacted police at 2:17 p.m., saying she saw the man take the gun out of his backpack.

Police officers tracked him into the computer lab, where he was shot at about 2:22 p.m., roughly five minutes after the initial call, officials said.

Compare this to Mumia Abu-Jamal, the man whose image the protester wears proudly and calls a “political prisoner,” who, er … murdered a police officer.  Great set of heroes this movement has, huh?

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“unions went all in on Occupy weeks ago. Democrats certainly did”

unions = Democrats

skanter on November 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Great set of heroes this movement has, huh?

as well as their supporters in the democratic party….a real neat crew./

ted c on November 18, 2011 at 3:20 PM

The unions hijacked OWS?

Odd, I thought they were the ‘paymasters’, and in charge of ‘logistics’.

CPT. Charles on November 18, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Sodom and Gamorrah

DrW on November 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

1000 tyrants, right in your face.

joeindc44 on November 18, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Too bad the OWS had to face off against Dem mayors.

The media spasm would’ve lasted had the OWS battled with Republicans.

Ben Hur on November 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Wow, I cannot believe how much restraint the police show that tool who is filming and taunting them.

Fallon on November 18, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Those drunken violent bums are different than the drugged violent bums, is that clear?

NoDonkey on November 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Hijacked? You mean after SEIU helped to plant the idea and spread it? This has been a smokescreen ‘movement’ from its inception, and the useful idiots continue to remain just that with their twinkling and collective stupidity.

ajacksonian on November 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Sure because George Soros had nothing to do with it.

Speakup on November 18, 2011 at 3:24 PM

There was no hijacking. They are the SAME people. Same beliefs, same goals.

drewwerd on November 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Here in Delaware, our little OWS movement was hosted by none other than the UAW.

DaydreamBeliever on November 18, 2011 at 3:25 PM

“I’d say that the unions went all in on Occupy weeks ago.”

I’d say this was all planned day one of the “Re-Elect Obowma” campaign…

Seven Percent Solution on November 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Who else wants to kick the ass of the idiot behind the camera?

That kid would be the first punk to be begging for the police to come save him if a lunatic entered his classroom with a gun.

I’d ask him, how the student got on campus with a gun? Surely he saw the “Weapon-Free Campus” signs around. How could a gunman possibly penetrate such a fiercely adequate system?

mankai on November 18, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Cops with guns! Boy reporter is sooooo observant!

Blake on November 18, 2011 at 3:28 PM

Can you hijack something you create in the first place?

angryed on November 18, 2011 at 3:29 PM

It’s yours, Bloomberg. You and your fellow mayors purchased it when you chose to ignore equal protection/application of the law.
 
Enjoy.

rogerb on November 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Police officers with guns, what are the odds? We wondered by the Occupy Jacksonville yesterday and you all will be glad to know that the Gilligan Island bicycle generators must be standard issue.

Cindy Munford on November 18, 2011 at 3:31 PM

Don’t forget the Teacher’s Union…

… But teaching our kids the Leftist agenda in our schools, anti-capitalism propaganda, anti-American revisionist history, and pro Communist and Socialist ideology won’t really have any lasting effects.

Oh, wait…!

Seven Percent Solution on November 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM

wondered is wandered for most people.

Cindy Munford on November 18, 2011 at 3:33 PM

At Occupy DC, there is video of SEIU members being told to get on the bus…

here.

Fallon on November 18, 2011 at 3:34 PM

And this is what the voters of Ohio endorsed earlier this month. Congratulations, rubes.

Mr. D on November 18, 2011 at 3:34 PM

Surprised Bloomers didn’t blame Bush…

BTW, this morning Craig Carton said on the WFAN morning show that the Occupy Wall Street protestors got in the way of all the Jets fans heading for the bridges (to jump)….

Del Dolemonte on November 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

Sooner or later the real kidnappers show up to collect the ransom money. “How badly do you want your city back?”

RBMN on November 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

That noise you heard was Unions being thrown under the bus. I wonder if they will take it.

BigGator5 on November 18, 2011 at 3:44 PM

Maybe Bloomberg should send the unions the bill for Bloomburg!!!!! What is it up to, like $21,000,000??? Have fun negotiating your next pay increase!

Dread Pirate Roberts VI on November 18, 2011 at 3:49 PM

I think Glen Beck diagramed all this about a year ago.

DanMan on November 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

They took them over in Pensacolayesterday, with a charming “Marco Rubio is a parasite” to boot.

tree hugging sister on November 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Del Dolemonte on November 18, 2011 at 3:35 PM

LOL!!!!

Cindy Munford on November 18, 2011 at 3:56 PM

DanMan on November 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Yeah he did, but nobody wants to talk about the fact he has pretty much called this whole thing. He’s crazy right?

gator70 on November 18, 2011 at 4:07 PM

The 2013 New York City mayoral election is scheduled to occur in November 2013. This election will feature no incumbent, as current Mayor Mike Bloomberg is term limited.

I don’t think Bloomberg is recall resistant is he? There is a movement, I bet lots of New Yorkers could get behind.

Dr Evil on November 18, 2011 at 4:13 PM

The mayor warned that some of those union members, especially the municipal union members — should “step back” and realize that their salaries depend on the city’s ability to attract companies, investors and people who pay taxes.

As if anyone believes that OWS or Unions can be reasoned with. Mike Bloomberg is feeling the heat from performing so poorly in response to mobs, and now he’s looking for a scapegoat.

Dr Evil on November 18, 2011 at 4:17 PM

I’m always suspicious of people with matching t-shirts with large letters screen printed on them.

Cindy Munford on November 18, 2011 at 4:20 PM

The officer that notices the guy’s shirt didn’t know who Mumia was. Interesting.

Ward Cleaver on November 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

Bloomberg’s channeling Captain Renault, and he sounds just as corrupt as Renault did when he was “shocked, shocked” to find there was gambling going on.

Here are you winnings, Mr. Mayor.

Rational Thought on November 18, 2011 at 4:25 PM

The officer that notices the guy’s shirt didn’t know who Mumia was. Interesting.

Ward Cleaver on November 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

He knew. He just wanted the guy to mention his name on film so eveyone else would know when they saw the clip.

sharrukin on November 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Unions huh?
Send them the bill for rubble and trash cleanup and then go after conspiracy charges, and after that…what am I saying, this is one of those RINO mayors who really is on the other side with his heart.

Don L on November 18, 2011 at 4:45 PM

One of the cops should blame the shooting on an infiltrator.

DrSteve on November 18, 2011 at 5:06 PM

The officer that notices the guy’s shirt didn’t know who Mumia was. Interesting.

Ward Cleaver on November 18, 2011 at 4:24 PM

He knew. He just wanted the guy to mention his name on film so eveyone else would know when they saw the clip.

sharrukin on November 18, 2011 at 4:28 PM

He definitely knew. When the idiot with the camera said he was a political prisoner, the cop said, “Oh yeah, prisoner. Right.”

Those cops showed a great deal of restraint. I would have hauled off and shoved that camera right down the moron’s throat.

UltimateBob on November 18, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I’d like to send the SEIU back into the past, if they’re really into the skull-cracking good times.

disa on November 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

There are multiple photos of people wearing ACCE t-shirts at a Bank of America protest in San Francisco. What’s ACCE? It’s the reformed branch of ACORN in California now calling itself the “Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment”.

Has even ONE media outlet reported this info in California? Not that I know of. They’re too busy reporting the grass-rootsy excitement of it all.

These are the very same people who Obama has been “organizing” with and who have been doing his bidding for years. These are the people “with the pitchforks” that Obama claimed he was defending business interests from. He’s not defending businesses, he’s siccing his progressive, hard-left scumbags on them.

I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if Obama were cooperating and planning in various ways with these groups. The SEIU’s Andy Stern has been in the White House more often than Michelle Obama.

Django on November 18, 2011 at 5:57 PM

There are multiple photos of people wearing ACCE t-shirts at a Bank of America protest in San Francisco. What’s ACCE? It’s the reformed branch of ACORN in California now calling itself the “Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment”.

Has even ONE media outlet reported this info in California? Not that I know of. They’re too busy reporting the grass-rootsy excitement of it all.

Django on November 18, 2011 at 5:57 PM

This is an important update, Django! Thank you!

Now we will all be able to identify the ACCE (AKA ACORN) agitators when we see them.

wren on November 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

I think Glen Beck diagramed all this about a year ago.

DanMan on November 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

He did. Yep.

tinkerthinker on November 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

This is an important update, Django! Thank you!

Now we will all be able to identify the ACCE (AKA ACORN) agitators when we see them.

wren on November 18, 2011 at 6:21 PM

You’re welcome. I wish there were more reporting on the groups behind the Occupiers. The whole thing is about as grass roots as a North Korean stadium celebration.

Django on November 18, 2011 at 7:07 PM

I think Glen Beck diagramed all this about a year ago.

DanMan on November 18, 2011 at 3:54 PM

He did. Yep.

tinkerthinker on November 18, 2011 at 6:46 PM

Yes. And look at his reward – cancellation. One of those things that makes you go “hmmmm….”

Django on November 18, 2011 at 7:10 PM