Wash. state workers rally to support unions
Union members, students, parents and even former presidential candidate Rep. Dennis Kucinich rallied in Olympia on Monday, taking advantage of the holiday (a paid holiday for government employees yet not many private sector employees) to lobby against budget cuts and to show solidarity with Wisconsin’s embattled union for state employees.
Hundreds of Washington state employees chanted, sang songs and waved signs in the Capitol Rotunda in a rally supporting unions and state employees in Wisconsin. Last week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker targeted public employees in a massive budget cut proposal, calling for cuts to their benefits and limiting their ability to collectively bargain on wage issues. Kucinich said he hoped the rally in Olympia would ripple across the country to show solidarity to union workers in Wisconsin. “You cannot have a democracy if you don’t have people in a position to be able to negotiate for their wages and to have decent benefits,” Kucinich said, lauding Washington as being a “bastion for workers’ rights,” where people have the capacity to push back.
The Seattle Sons & Daughters of Liberty: A Seattle Action Network is planning a counter rally (Facebook page) this Wednesday in Olympia. The main message: Washington shares the same public sector union problem as Wisconsin. We agree with the stand that Governor Walker is taking and want to see similar reforms take place here in Washington. Our budget is in a comparable place – state pensions and union collective bargaining have got a stranglehold on our taxpayers. I’m planning to attend, as long as snow doesn’t get in my way.
I hope ManBearPig is wrong and I’m able to make the trip to the rally. Will keep you posted.
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