Public employee unions plan actions
Posted: 2/11/2011 11:23:32 PM
Here is an update on activities to fight Governor Walker's attacks on educators, public employees and families:
A radical proposal to strip state and local public employees of their rights to organize and collectively bargain is scheduled to be voted on by Thursday, Feb. 17. Come to the Capitol Tuesday and Wednesday to help stop this radical attack on Wisconsin Workers.
Tuesday Feb. 15 and Wednesday Feb. 16
- 10 a.m. Legislative Briefings at Masonic Temple, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison
- 11 a.m. Lobby Visits, State Capitol
- Noon Rally on Capitol Square
- Tuesday – State Street Capitol Steps
- Wednesday – King St. Capitol Entrance
- 1 p.m. Resume Lobby Visits, State Capitol
In addition, for those who cannot get out of school, there will be vigils at the Capitol Square both evenings from about 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with speakers at 6:30 p.m.
Free bus rides are being organized from several locations throughout the state:
Below is a statement from the Wisconsin State Employees Union website:
The world of state employees and their rights as workers comes to an end under Scott Walker’s budget repair bill. His proposal, for the most part, creates no savings, but is full of political paybacks, anti-worker provisions, and a general disdain for public workers’ rights. If this bill passed as proposed, it will turn all of our worlds upside down. Something as simple as the grievance procedure will be replaced with the civil service procedure, which establishes the agency head as the final decision maker on your grievances. Everything will be in the hands of and controlled by the employer, without employee recourse.
There are other rights and protections aside from the grievance procedure that are nullified in Walker’s proposal.
To make things even worse we were officially notified that effective 3/13/2011 the contract extension will be cancelled. This means that all of us will have no contract protections. All local agreements and memoranda of understanding are unilaterally cancelled. Everything affecting your daily work life is in jeopardy.
We, along with WEAC, AFT, AFL-CIO and other unions are doing everything possible to avert this disaster. We are meeting with legislators and we would strongly encourage all of you and your members to reach out to their State Senators. The message is clear: “Why are you taking away my rights?”
We will be up on T.V., both commercial and cable, starting Monday, as well as radio.
On Tuesday, 2/15 and Wednesday, 2/16 we will be having lobby days at the Capitol. Watch this website for specific pick up locations. Buses will run from every corner of the state on both days, arriving in Madison for a briefing at approximately 10:00 a.m., followed by a rally at the Capitol at noon. The afternoon will be spent visiting legislators. This rally should be the biggest we have ever held. We have multiple unions, community groups and citizens joining us. We would encourage you and your members to extend invitations to our allies and ride the busses with us. There is no charge.
We know that Walker is trying to bait us by mobilizing the National Guard, hiring an Ohio security firm to staff any facility and instructing the capitol police to meet with legislators and “advise” them not to meet with constituents in their districts.
This budget repair bill is an all out assault on you, your families, your careers, your rights and your union. Walker keeps talking about the “good and decent people who work for the State of Wisconsin”, but his actions speak a different message of divisiveness, cronyism and servitude.