Local 355 Administrative Clerical Employees

Wisconsin Gov., Republicans Rig Vote On Bargaining Bill

On March 11, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Republican state senators rammed through an anti-freedom bill that stripped nurses, teachers and EMTs of their rights to collectively bargain – the same rights enjoyed by just about every other Wisconsinite.

There were 15,000 people at the state capitol in Madison protesting the vote, which drew the condemnation of leaders around the country.

Wisconsin public employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Councils 24, 40 and 48 said the following:

“Governor Walker’s power grab is an affront to democracy. The voters will not stand for denying the rights of Wisconsin’s public employees – and they will be held accountable for their actions at the ballot box,” said Bob McLinn, President of AFSCME Council 24, and a correctional officer at Waupun Correctional Institution.

“Governor Walker and eighteen Republican senators handed us a setback, but we will win this war. This attack on the working and middle class will not stand – and we will take back our democracy in recall elections,” said Brian Stafford, President of AFSCME District Council 48, and chief repair person for water distribution, City of Milwaukee.

“This is a sad day for democracy and for Wisconsin. But our state’s nurses, teachers and EMTs will overcome. We will take back our government from the big moneyed interests and reverse this attack on workers’ rights,” said Jim Garity, President of AFSCME Council 40, and Jefferson County Highway Department equipment operator.

The struggle is not over. Working people are mobilizing and working on recall efforts to change the Wisconsin state Senate, and are exploring legal challenges to the manner in which tonight’s vote was conducted.

  • You can donate online to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Defense Fund here
  • You can also donate to Act Blue (the campaign to recall 8 Wisconsin Republican Senators) here
Council 4 members rallied in support of Wisconsin workers Feb. 23


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