Monday, December 27, 2010

Recent News for ALL State Employees

Solidarity Is Essential, Now More than Ever

By Richard Trumka President, AFL-CIO

Before signing the Declaration of Independence, Ben Franklin immortalized one of my favorite quotes: “We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”

I don’t think that’s too melodramatic a statement for union members to consider today. We know we’re in a political bulls-eye and that the goal of our opponents is to tie us up with defensive battles—in Washington, D.C., and in the states—because they think that will weaken our offensive for jobs, good living standards and an economy that works for all.

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What Scott Walker Can, Can’t & Might Do To Unionized State Employees

By Ron Blascoe

Since the November elections, Governor-elect Scott Walker has been talking to the press about his plans to bash state employees and their unions. His threats include everything from rejecting recently negotiated contracts, cutting wages, increasing furlough days, dramatically increasing employees’ health insurance and pension contributions to “decertifying” the unions all together.

Needless to say, all this overblown talk, from a guy who isn’t even yet Governor, has a lot of
state employees and their families upset, fearful and angry. So, it may be a good time to step back and look at what Walker can, can’t and actually might try to do to state employee unions.

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Contrary to Gov.-Elect Walker’s View, Real Facts About State Employees

AFT Wisconsin

In the face of continuing attacks on Wisconsin public employees by Governor-elect Scott Walker, it is imperative that myths and mistruths be countered with facts. The following are research-based facts about state employees and public employees in Wisconsin.

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Solidarity Is Essential - Now More Than Ever

"When public employees are attacked because they have pensions and health care benefits, those pensions and benefits - which should be a basic right - are pushed further out of everyone's reach."

Richard Trumka, President