While Wisconsin may seem far away geographically, the outcome of this current conflict has serious consequences for GEO, particularly in upcoming negotiations and legislative battles. TA’s are in danger of losing their union as Governor Walker wants to strip public sector unions of basic protections and functions that unions have had since the 1930’s.
“Unions today are strongest in the public sector; a new round of Republican governors are out to completely eliminate public sector unions. The Wisconsin battle may be decisive, but similar bills are under consideration in other states. More than 30,000 people turned out to demonstrate in Madison; Democratic legislators are in hiding (literally), boycotting the legislature to prevent a quorum.”
The bill in Wisconsin wants to force unions to hold a certification elections yearly or lose representation, make contracts yearly, end dues payroll deduction, and institute rules that weaken union structures.
What can you do?
- Attend the Rally in Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers, February 22nd, 4:00 p.m., Springfield City Hall Steps, 36 Court St.
- Sign the American Rights at Work petition and tell anyone you know in Wisconsin to join the rallies and protests.
- Sign up for WILD in the Winter
Attend the Rally in Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers
Tuesday, February 22nd, 4:00 p.m.
Springfield City Hall Steps
36 Court St., Springfield
The Women’s Institute for Leadership Development and UMass Labor Extension present WILD in the Winter 2011.
Our Jobs, Our Communities: The Public Sector Belongs to Us!
Look at the role of the public sector in providing good jobs and services, and how to defend against attacks on public employees and our unions.
Saturday March 12, 2011
8:30 am-1:30 pm
GEO women encouraged to sign-up. Full-funding available.