What is currently happening in Wisconsin concerning worker's rights is extremely serious, not just for that state, which has a long history of standing for worker's rights, but for all worker's rights throughout our nation. As Wisconsin goes, so might the country...There will be a "Candlelight Vigil in With Wisconsin Workers" on Tuesday, February 22nd at 5:30pm in Sacramento, CA. If you have been reading about it in the newspapers, listening to the radio reports or viewing the TV clips and want to know what you can do to voice your support for those workers and their families, please read the following:
- In Ohio, state senators have introduced a bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for tens of thousands of workers—including nurses, firefighters and child care workers. But yesterday, more than 5,000 people flooded the Ohio state capitol building.
- In Indiana, Maine, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana and New Hampshire, CEO-backed groups and legislators are working together to pass laws to lower wages, undermine benefits and weaken workers’ collective bargaining power. But hearing rooms in state capitols are packed—overflowing with workers who demand their legislators stop these bills now.
- And in Florida, the governor is leading a charge to force public employees to pay more into their pensions, while slashing taxes on Big Business. So workers are banding to make sure they are not told to bear the brunt of an economic collapse that isn’t their fault.
For all of the reasons above, the California Labor Federation will be having a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, February 22nd at 5:30pm at our State Capitol. The vigil will show our solidarity with Wisconsin workers, and with workers throughout the Country that are finding themselves under attack. Will you join me at this important event?