Contact: Jennifer Epps-Addison (Citizen Action of Wisconsin) (414) 213-7574
In his message, chairman and owner Michael White, urged employees to “understand the personal consequences . . . if President Obama is re-elected.” The letter goes on to threaten the security of employees' retirement accounts and health care plans, stating that if the President is re-elected, "Every opportunity to make up for lost profits to taxes will have to be evaluated." This is a violation of Wisconsin election law.
What: News Conference to announce formal complaint against Rite-Hite CEO Michael White
Where: Milwaukee County Courthouse, 901 North 9th Street (on the Wells street side)
When: Monday, October 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Speakers: Alderman Tony Zielinski; School Board Director Larry Miller; Michael Lauer, Director, Wisconsin Jobs Now; Jennifer Epps-Addison, Economic Justice Director, Citizen Action of Wisconsin; Minister Greg Lewis; Mike Wilder, Director, African-American Roundtable.
Photo Opportunities, Stand Up Interviews, and Visuals Available
“ We demand that Michael White immediately retract his email, apologize to employees, and post that apology publicly at the workplace. ” said Mike Wilder, Director of the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable, and a member of the staff of Citizen Action of Wisconsin. “Democracy only functions if workers are free to vote however they choose without fear of reprisal from their boss.”
Wisconsin election law makes clear that no employer can threaten workers’ wages, jobs, or conditions of employment in an effort to persuade them to vote a particular way.
Mike Wilder, Director of the African American Civic Engagement Roundtable and Citizen Action of Wisconsin; Christine Christie, a Milwaukee resident; Minister Greg Lewis; and Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, and others will officially file the complaint with the appropriate legal authorities.
Organizational sponsors of the media event include: Citizen Action of Wisconsin, the African-American Civic Engagement Roundtable, Wisconsin Jobs Now, AFT Local 212, AFT Wisconsin, SEIU Local 150, All Black Everything (ABE), ATU Local 998, The Transit Riders Union, The Advancement Project, The League of Young Voters Education Fund, 9to5 Milwaukee, Urban Underground, True Skool, Reproductive Justice Collective, MICAH, NAACP Milwaukee Chapter, Afro World Enterprises, and the Center for Progressive Leadership.