On Wednesday, the streets of Lower Manhattan hosted the largest demonstration to date since the protests began on September 17th and that’s because the unions were there, en mass. The TWU Local 100 was the first labor organization to support the Occupy Wall Street movement and with a a little help from their members, as well as other unions too numerous to name, they filled Foley Square to capacity, with the crowd filling the public space from Duane to Worth Streets.
They then painstakingly marched down to Zuccotti Park. Although the NYPD shut down traffic on Broadway at one point, the crowds were penned in and relegated to the sidewalks, creating a long train of people that stretched for blocks. Despite their huge numbers, not one person was arrested. It was only later when demonstrators tried to occupy Wall Street that the shit hit the fan.