Feb 17, 2011

What we can do to Fight Scott Walker

This is nothing less than direct payback for the corporate contributors to his recent campaign, and it is not the Wisconsin way.

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Direct action, civil disobedience, job action and the following note of suggestion:

By Adam Klaus

I'm proud to have grown up in Wisconsin. I received an excellent education from the Watertown public schools and UW-Madison, and I firmly believe that Wisconsin would not be the great state it is without the work of thousands of teachers, nurses, and others who have dedicated themselves to public service.

So it is particularly painful to watch as Governor Scott Walker launches his all-out attack on public employees by threatening to eliminate collective bargaining rights that have existed for decades. If his power grab succeeds, it will deal a disastrous blow to a middle class that is already seriously hurting.

Please see the email below from our friends at the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO and take action now to stop Governor Walker's assault.

From: Phil Neuenfeldt and Stephanie Bloomingdale, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO
Subject: Four Things You Can Do for Wisconsin

On Friday, we were treated to a chilling scene: Scott Walker in the Capitol, ringed by extra security, unilaterally announcing he will lower Wisconsin's quality of life.

Despite the fact that it has existed peacefully in Wisconsin for more than five decades, under Republicans and Democrats alike, Walker says he is ending the collective bargaining rights of state employees — that's ER nurses, 911 dispatchers, the people who plow our roads and who teach our kids to read.

Governor Walker didn't let the voters in November know it, but he was secretly planning this power grab for months, to the point that he has even threatened to misuse our National Guard against the hardworking women and men his plan will impact.

Even more disturbing, what Walker proposes upsets the balance of power for working people in Wisconsin by increasing the power of corporations and driving down wages and benefits for all wage-earners, not just public employees or members of unions.

This is nothing less than direct payback for the corporate contributors to his recent campaign, and it is not the Wisconsin way.

Coupled with the massive cuts to education and health care, this puts Wisconsin at a competitive disadvantage in the world economy, especially when Walker is perfectly fine with giving handouts to those corporations that ship our jobs overseas.

Today is a dark day in the history of our state and that is exactly why I'm asking you to take the following four steps to fight for Wisconsin's middle class.

1. Call, write or e-mail your local legislators, Republican or Democrat: Let them know you oppose the power grab by Walker that puts the Wisconsin way of life in peril.

2. Call Scott Walker himself: Let him know that raising the specter of the National Guard is inflammatory and not what we expect out of our leaders. Tell him him to work for all the citizens of the state, and not just for his corporate contributors.

3. Canvass your community: The most effective action that you can take is to talk to your friends and neighbors about protecting the rights of working families in Wisconsin. It is essential that you, our grassroots activists across Wisconsin, start canvassing today.

4. Rally and respond: All this week we will be rallying at the capitol, as Walker seeks to impose his skewed values on Wisconsin. Join us in Madison to make your voice heard:

Rally to Protect Wisconsin's Way of Life, King Street Capitol Steps

If you need a ride to Madison, visit wiafscme.org for a schedule of busses bringing supporters from all over Wisconsin to the State Capitol.

Now is the time for our voices be heard. Now is the time to fight for Wisconsin's way of life.

In solidarity,

Phil Neuenfeldt
President, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

Stephanie Bloomingdale
Secretary-Treasurer, Wisconsin State AFL-CIO

P.S. — There has never been a more important time to take action. Contacting your legislators by calling them, writing them, and knocking on their doors will be critical as we fight to save Wisconsin's working families.

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