Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 9, 2011, 2:41 p.m. EST by OccupyWallSt
Biggest Art Auction of the Year Draws Protest in Support of the 99%
Union Art Auction Handlers Have Been Locked in a 3-Month Battle Against Wage Cuts while Sotheby’s CEO Takes Home $60K a day
About 100 protesters from Occupy Wall Street will join a Teamsters picket line at the Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan tonight (Wed, Nov. 9) to back the union in an important battle to fight wage cuts. The action, called OCCUPY SOTHEBY'S, will picket the 1% in support of locked-out Teamsters art handlers at one of the biggest art auctions of the year.
WHEN: TODAY, Wednesday, November 9th, 6:00pm
WHERE: 1334 York Avenue (between 71st and 72nd St.) *A contingent of NYU students, faculty and alumni will meet at 5pm, by the fountain in Washington Square Park
VIDEO: Occupy Wall St. Protesters Crash Sotheby's Auction:
Sotheby's, the art auction house for the very wealthy, has locked out its union art handlers for the last three months. The company is demanding wage and benefit cuts and the replacement of good union jobs with part-time, temp jobs. Sotheby’s clearly has the money to maintain good jobs. The company made $688 million in profits last year, and CEO Bill Ruprecht takes home $60,000 a day.
Wednesday's auction is one of the two biggest of the year, where Sotheby's makes the bulk of their money. Four pieces of art alone are expected to sell for $50 million. Please join us in supporting Teamsters Local 814's fight against corporate greed — a concrete struggle of the 99% against the 1%.
For background on the Sotheby’s struggle:
- Sotheby's: Bad for Art: http://sothebysbadforart.com
- Lifestyles of the 1%: Inside Sotheby's: http://bit.ly/uKRxBL
- VIDEO: Occupy Wall St. Protesters Crash Sotheby's Auction: http://bit.ly/sEklIy
- Interviews with Sotheby's workers: http://bit.ly/rLIDAw
- VIDEO: Picket of a Sotheby's auction in London: http://bit.ly/ru9cjO
- Susan Sarandon joins the picket line: http://exm.nr/tRbZR3
VIDEO: Picket of a Sotheby's auction in London: