Only a day after endorsing Barack Obama’s re-election, and with her union’s trademarked lavender-lapeled shirt partially hidden under a white t-shirt with “99%” silk-screened across the back, top SEIU boss Mary Kay Henry is seen here getting arrested in New York during the #OWS union siege on lower Manhattan on Thursday.
Among those arrested at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge early Thursday evening was the city’s top labor leader and the president of the nationwide Service Employees International Union, according to a union spokeswoman.
The labor leader, George Gresham, the president of 1199 S.E.I.U. United Healthcare Workers East, and the president of the S.E.I.U., Mary Kay Henry, were arrested along with Kevin Doyle, the executive vice president of S.E.I.U. 32BJ.
Wearing white shirts emblazoned with “99%,” the three were among a group of 99 people who staged the sit-in at about 6 p.m. said the spokeswoman, Leah Gonzalez of S.E.I.U. United Healthcare Workers East.
They will most likely be charged with disorderly conduct, the police said. As of late Thursday, they had not been released.
Somewhere, perched high inside his corporate suite somewhere, Andy Stern must be smiling down nostalgically.
“Socialism has no place in the hearts of those who would secure the fight for freedom and preserve democracy.”Samuel Gompers, 1918