December 2, 2011: Unions organized marches on bridges across the country on Nov. 17 to draw attention to how federal funding to fix ailing infrastructure in the country could put unemployed people back to work.
The marches were part of a nationwide Day of Action by unions and grassroots activists to mark the second month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.
Protesters blocked bridges in Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Hartford and Portland. In New York City, labor leaders were arrested trying to block the entrance to the Brooklyn Bridge, including Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).
“We think there’s an economic emergency in this country that can be fixed, and millions of people can go back to work in good jobs,” Henry said.