• AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka announced organized labor’s enthusiastic support for the “Occupy Wall Street” movement and declared that it will provide logistical and legal support to the campaign. The grassroots movement first emerged in New York, before spreading to other cities, and protests issues of unemployment and economic justice. Speaking during the Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Labor Leader Lecture on October 6, Trumka acknowledged that the movement’s message is somewhat unfocused, but nonetheless identified three critical themes, which he said policymakers must address: repaying the taxpayer-funded bailout through corporate investments that create jobs and stimulate the economy; halting foreclosures and forgiving consumer debt; and ending the speculative Wall Street activity that punishes “Main Street” (e.g., through a financial transaction tax).