“Connecticut teachers stand together with educators and other public employees in Wisconsin,” according to CEA Executive Director John Yrchik. He was one of a significant list of labor leaders and elected officials who spoke at a State Capitol rally today in Hartford. Hundreds of working people turned out for the noon rally. Yrchik told the crowd, “Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is wrong.”
That sentiment was echoed by others including Governor Dannel Malloy who said, “There is no reason for a full assault in Wisconsin on the right to organize, the right to negotiate.” Malloy added, “I am proud to stand with you at this rally and with the workers in Wisconsin.”
“We are one! We are one!” chanted the people who came to the rally. Other chants heard were: “Shame on Walker! Shame on Walker!”
This is a watershed moment as working people fight back against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip educators and other public employees of their right to bargain. You’re urged to sign the petition to support Wisconsin workers. Your voice counts at this pivotal time in labor history.
Collective bargaining can be described many ways: a problem-solving tool, a process that enables good working conditions for teachers so they can provide good learning conditions for students, and a framework that avoids strikes and disruption for student learning.
At its core, collective bargaining helps our democracy function. It’s why it’s so fundamental. It’s why everyone in America has to care how the fight in Wisconsin turns out.
If you won’t take our word for it, then listen to Paul Krugman, a winner of the Nobel Prize for Economics:
“You don’t have to love unions, you don’t have to believe that their policy positions are always right, to recognize that they’re among the few influential players in our political system representing the interests of middle-and working- class Americans, and as opposed to the wealthy.”
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