Collective Bargaining Rights
February 18, 2011 by USA Post
Collective Bargaining Rights, (AFP) – A bill aimed at busting public workers’ unions in the U.S. state of Wisconsin has sparked mass protests and a police hunt for the entire state Democratic lawmakers who fled to block the passage of the measure Thursday. The police estimated that more than 20,000 demonstrators flooded the state capital of Madison, some even sleeping overnight in the public galleries of the statehouse.
Normal life has been put an end to the crisis laws, with scores of schools closed as teachers and other staff members was sick and hit the streets to fight for their rights to collective bargaining.
President Barack Obama has even waded into the issue, told a television station in Wisconsin that while “everybody it must make some adjustments to the new fiscal reality” the Republican budget proposal was “an attack against the unions. ”
Obama noted that officials “do a lot of sacrifices” and said TMJ4 that “it is important not to denigrate or to suggest that all these budget problems are caused by public officials.”
The bill, proposed by newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker to a legislature controlled by Republicans, would strip the most collective bargaining rights of public employees.
In a show of support for the sisters and brothers from Wisconsin who are struggling to retain their rights to collective bargaining, CSEA will join with unions in the Capital District area of the Federation of Labour for a Day of Solidarity Rally in 16 hours before the union headquarters at 143 Washington Ave. Albany.
“Governor-elect of Wisconsin leads one of the most vicious attacks on working people of our nation has seen in generations,” said CSEA President Danny Donohue.The rally is intended to show solidarity with tens of Thousands of middle class people who took to the streets and statehouse in Madison, Wisconsin to protest against a bill that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for state employees and public buildings there. ”
“We’re talking about a fundamental right to negotiate fairly and in good faith,” Donohue said. “This is a proposal to make public service workers and second class citizens without a voice! – This is an attack against American values and must stop here”
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