Tom Morello is a member of the band Rage Against the Machine.
Support for the Fightback!
From Steffi Domike, USW
Dear Pennsylvania USW Friends and Associates:
The billionaire backed Governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has declared all-out war on workers’ freedoms. He’s slashing taxes for the richest residents of his state, and wants to eliminate the rights of workers to organize a union, bargain for fair wages or advocate for decent pay and benefits.
In response, more than 25,000 protesters have converged on the state house in Madison to stage a sit-in that blocks the halls, bars the doors of the Senate and fills the state house lawn with tens of thousand of workers. They’re fighting for their livelihoods and they’re fighting for ours as well because if workers lose in Wisconsin, the wave to take away our job rights and wages will spread across the country.
Pennsylvania is joining the Fight Back!
PLEASE JOIN US as we rally in support of American working families and the American Dream.
Today, Wednesday, 2/23, Pennsylvanians will be standing up in solidarity with Wisconsin workers in SCRANTON
WHAT: Solidarity Rally for Wisconsin Workers
WHEN: 12:00 Noon to 12:30, Today, Wednesday, 2/23
WHERE: Labor Leader John Mitchell Statue, Lackawanna Courthouse (Adams Avenue Side) Scranton, PA
On Thursday, 2/24, working Pennsylvanians will be rallying in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
WHAT: Solidarity Rally for the Wisconsin Workers
WHEN: 11:30am, Thursday, 2/24
WHERE: Municipal Services Bldg PlazaAcross from City Hall PHILADELPHIA
WHAT: Solidarity Rally for the Wisconsin Workers (Lunch will be provided)
WHEN: 12:00 pm Noon, Thursday, 2/24
WHERE: United Steelworkers Headquarters, 5 Gateway Center, 60 Blvd of the Allies PITTSBURGH
On Saturday, 2/26, working Pennsylvanians will be rallying to save the American Dream in Harrisburg.
SATURDAY, 2/26 IN HARRISBURG
WHAT: Rally to Save the American Dream
WHEN: Saturday, 2/26 at NOON
WHERE: Capitol Steps, Harrisburg
Please do you best to attend these rallies and please spread the word about them.
YOUR VOICE MATTERS!
THE BATTLE FOR UNIONS IN WISCONSIN:
HOW YOU CAN HELP
THE BATTLE FOR UNIONS IN WISCONSIN
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Folks from outside Wisconsin are contacting me and asking how to help with the battle to save collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. (Additional information on the current status of things here is at the end of this letter.)
YOU CAN PROVIDE FINANCIAL SUPPORT
People of generally modest means, including many college students, are continuing the occupation of the Capitol and the daily picketing in resistance to the Governor’s plans. Most teachers have had to/have chosen to return to their classrooms, but many other union members remain, people from private sector unions and public unions including police and firefighters. There are many private citizens, often seniors. Those remaining in the capitol and on the picket lines need food, water, transportation, housing. The Wisconsin AFL-CIO is coordinating much of that support. No matter how small, financial support is welcome:
ONLINE: The AFL-CIO is accepting donations online through PayPal or any major credit card. Please go to http://wisaflcio.org for the link.