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Black Caucus Stands In Solidarity With WI Workers

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Black Caucus Stands In Solidarity With WI Workers

Minority News
March 4, 2011

http://www.blackradionetwork.com/black_caucus_stands_in_solidarity_with_wi_workers

WASHINGTON

Chairman Emanuel Cleaver II, Congresswoman Gwen Moore
and the Congressional Black Caucus sent the following
letter to Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin in support
of workers rights. The letter to Governor Walker is
attached and text included below. Chairman Cleaver also
released the following statement in support:

"Anytime the rights of public workers are being
compromised it is our duty to stand with them. For 40
years, the Congressional Black Caucus has worked
tirelessly to ensure that all Americans, regardless of
race, color or creed have the opportunity to fully
pursue and achieve the American dream. Taking away
public employees rights to collectively bargain seems
like an assault on the pursuit of that dream.

The CBC is committed to responsibly reducing the
deficit, but not with indiscriminate cuts that target
hard-working American families. The sacrifices that we
make as a nation must be distributed equally amongst
the population - not on the backs of the public
servants."

- Chairman Emanuel Cleaver, II

______________________________

Letter to Governor Walker

The Honorable Scott Walker Office of the Governor 115
East Capitol Madison, WI 53702

Dear Governor Walker:

The Congressional Black Caucus stands in solidarity
with Wisconsin's public workers in opposition to your
legislation that cuts their employee benefits and
strips unions of their collective bargaining rights.
Your proposal is blatantly un-American by severely
limiting workers' say on hiring, firing, assignments,
and overall worker protections. This union-busting
legislation should also not be considered as it
jeopardizes the viability of the people during these
tough economic times.

While we respect your efforts to protect the state
budget, your proposed anti-union legislation is both
misguided and shortsighted. Wisconsin was the first
state to give public sector workers the right to
organize and unions continue to play an indispensable
role in ensuring the health, safety, and security of
the American workers and children. Unions have been
critical in the effort to end child labor, establish a
fair work day, create financial security, provide
unemployment insurance, and establish just wages. It is
their inalienable right to defend and protect
themselves through collective bargaining. Your
legislative proposal will hurt workers in the state,
lead to stalled economic growth, and higher
unemployment rates.

Wisconsin's working people share your dedication to
balancing the budget and have demonstrated their
commitment to fiscal responsibility by yielding to
demands presented by your administration. Much of their
acquiescence was even against their own self-interests
and the needs of their families. This includes:

ยท Paying half the retirement system's cost-5.8% of pay
Paying 12.5% of health care cost, doubling and tripling
their current contribution levels

Clearly, they have made sacrifices to realign state
budgets. However, these sacrifices must be distributed
equally amongst the population as a whole-not solely on
the backs of the state's public servants. Union workers
are not aiming to drain Wisconsin's coffers for their
own benefit; however, they are merely asking for a
voice in your administration concerning the needs of
their families and communities.

Your constituents and Americans all across the country
have made it clear that unionization is a cherished
right worth protecting. Unions have not only empowered
this nation, but helped create and maintain the
American middle class.

Responsibility to protect this most basic right must
outweigh any commitment to state budget constraints. We
urge you to work with your public servants and give
them what they rightfully deserve-a seat at the table.

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