This arrived in my inbox this morning…
An assault on unions anywhere is an assault on working families everywhere.
Wisconsin’s tea party-backed governor, Scott Walker, has launched an ideological crusade against his own citizens’ collective bargaining rights. He’s using the pretense of a state budget deficit to curb the rights of teachers and other public employees in his state to unionize — rights we’ve recognized here in America for over 80 years to assure better working conditions and fairer compensation for all workers.
Fourteen brave Democratic state senators — backed by tens of thousands of ordinary citizens protesting outside the state Capitol — are boycotting a vote on the governor’s plan. We’re counting on these 14 state senators to prevent the most serious setback America’s labor movement could ever face.
I want them to know working families in Illinois and across the country welcome the “Wisconsin 14’s” boycott and stand with them, every step of the way.
Governor Walker is not setting out to fix his state’s budget. After all, he just enacted a sweeping tax cut that will make Wisconsin’s deficit worse.
No, at the behest of his big corporate backers, he’s setting out to break unions, clear and simple. Why else would he refuse to even sit down with teachers and state employees and work out a fair compromise — when union leaders have signaled that they are open to temporary wage and benefit concessions?
It’s because this whole debate is about who holds political power — the corporations or the people — and not budget deals.
In the wake of the Citizens United decision granting moneyed interests unprecedented power over ordinary citizens, the current showdown in Wisconsin marks a watershed moment in American history. If we lose this fight, Republican leaders throughout the country will move forward with their own plans to bust unions and further undermine the power of American workers to earn a decent living.
That’s why we must all rally behind the thousands of Wisconsinites protesting in the streets of Madison — and the 14 Democratic state senators who refuse to entertain a rollback of workers’ collective right to speak for themselves. These legislators are workers’ last line of defense, and it’s crucial we show them our support.
Thank you for joining me in publicly supporting the “Wisconsin 14” and their courageous boycott on behalf of every American worker.
Please take the time to sign Dick Durbin’s petition and support the Wisconsin 14.
OR… show your support by ordering pizza for the protestors at the Capitol building! People from all over the U.S. and the world have sent money to Ian’s Pizza (on State ST, downtown location) to buy food for the demonstrators…. You can order by phone and indicate it should be delivered to the square (Capitol building) and off it goes. There are four restaurants that are involved. People from Korea, and Finland, Egypt, the Netherlands, Australia, England, China, Turkey and Germany have sent food, plus folks from all 50 states. Check out this pic of the chalkboard at Ian’s Pizza! There’s also a really cool post in their announcements section about everything they’ve been doing for the protestors.
Stay Strong Wisconsin!