(OAKLAND, Calif.) -- Some major ports along the West Coast were affected Monday when protesters from the Occupy Wall Street movement showed up uninvited to make life difficult for shippers and truckers in an event called "Occupy the Ports."
Occupy Wall Street said the point of the rallies at ports that included Seattle, Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland and Long Beach, Calif., was to once again shine a light on the economic woes that have beset the overwhelming majority of Americans they've dubbed the "99-percenters." In fact, the demonstrations stretched down as far south as the Port of Houston where protesters clashed with police.
But those who certainly aren't in the group's demonized "1 percent" were just collateral damage to the protesters, whose actions spawned delays that hit truckers -- not CEOs -- in their wallets. Port workers vented their frustration with the protest, which halted or disrupted operations in some cases, costing workers a day's pay and fines for truckers who were liable for late deliveries.
Unions complained that they weren't notified first about the demonstrations and how much they'd cost the average port worker in a day's wage.
Occupy Wall Street was also showing its contempt for Goldman Sachs Group Inc., which owns a stake in the largest cargo-terminal operator. About 250 people in New York City tried to block the entrance to Goldman Sachs' headquarters on Wall Street as police only allowed those with identification to enter the building.
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