UK markets open in 3 hours 9 minutes
  • NIKKEI 225

    28,767.52
    -96.80 (-0.34%)
     
  • HANG SENG

    28,708.93
    -389.36 (-1.34%)
     
  • CRUDE OIL

    67.52
    +1.43 (+2.16%)
     
  • GOLD FUTURES

    1,703.70
    +5.20 (+0.31%)
     
  • DOW

    31,496.30
    +572.20 (+1.85%)
     
  • BTC-GBP

    36,566.14
    +424.29 (+1.17%)
     
  • CMC Crypto 200

    1,022.40
    +79.22 (+8.40%)
     
  • ^IXIC

    12,920.15
    +196.65 (+1.55%)
     
  • ^FTAS

    3,771.73
    -20.36 (-0.54%)
     

AOC spends inauguration day in Costco buying supplies for NYC strikers

Josh Marcus
·2-min read
<p>U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.</p> (Getty Images)

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) speaks outside of the Democratic National Committee headquarters on November 19, 2020 in Washington, DC.

(Getty Images)

Instead of participating in the pomp and circumstance of Joe Biden’s inauguration in DC, congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez spent her afternoon at Costco, buying supplies for hundreds of striking New York City grocery workers.

“Hundreds are on strike at Hunts Point Market in the Bronx for a $1 raise,” Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former food worker herself, wrote on Twitter “They need our support! Check out their story & thank a food worker today.”

Hundreds of union workers have been on strike since Sunday at Hunt’s Point Produce Market in The Bronx, which supplies much of New York City’s produce.

“That’s our goal, to show how essential we are to this company, how hard we work and all that we produce to make sure people have food on the table,” Manuel Soriano, who works in the market’s trucking department, told local outlet THE CITY.

Read more: Follow live updates and news on Inauguration Day 2021

Negotiations between the market and Teamsters Local 202 broke down last week, with the store refusing to accept a demand for a $1-an-hour raise, instead offering a 32-cent hourly increase. The workers, many of whom earn between $18 and $21 an hour voted to go on strike on Sunday at midnight.

Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez and Hunt’s Point Produce Market did not respond to requests for comment.

The strike is quickly becoming a city-wide flashpoint, attracting the attention of police and politicians alike.

On Tuesday, workers say more than 300 police in riot gear broke up the picket line of about 400.

“All individuals were issued summonses for Disorderly Conduct: Obstructing the Roadway and were released,” an NYPD spokesperson told The Independent.

“Our battle’s not with the NYPD, but we think they could handle this more delicately. Let’s put it that way,” Local 202 President Daniel Kane Jr. told THE CITY. “We think it was a bit of an overreaction.”

In addition to AOC, local officials as well as mayoral hopeful Andrew Yang joined the demonstrations.

Read More

AOC says many Congress members ‘narrowly escaped death’ during riots

AOC mocks Josh Hawley after he bemoans ‘Orwellian’ loss of book deal