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Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

This is a group for expressing solidarity with the rallies by public workers and their allies in Wisconsin, USA, and for publicizing similar actions against neoliberal austerity everywhere.

Members: 36
Latest Activity: Jun 6, 2012

Group image from Labor Notes article "Wisconsin Labor Jams Capitol To Resist Governor's Attacks", by Howard Ryan. Feb. 16 2011- http://labornotes.org/2011/02/wisconsin-labor-jams-capitol-resist-governor%E2%80%99s-attacks

 

Here are two websites that provide ongoing coverage from Madison:

The Wisconsin Protest Wave

Defend Wisconsin

 

And here's a message I was forwarded about ways to support the continued occupation of the Capitol. You can also support the IWW's Madison fund here: http://store.iww.org/madison-donations.html:

 

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 /a>http://wisaflcio.org/>   for the link. 

 CHECKS can be made payable to the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO Defense Fund, 6333 W. Blue Mound Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53213 (Please indicate the purpose, e.g. "Capitol protests" or "Madison rally", on your check.) 
 
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Comment by kevin mcnamara on February 19, 2011 at 17:42
didn't see your group will find out how to redirect to yours
Comment by Marian Swerdlow on February 19, 2011 at 16:44
thanks for the information again!!  I'd never heard about the Jobs Party.  I'll see if they have another action, hopefully at a time when working people can attend.  (9 am on a workday is not optimal time for those of us fortunate enough to still have a job!) 
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 16:38
"UE 150 in North Carolina is organizing a solidarity protest [with Wisconsin workers] outside the NC Legislature Monday (2/21) at noon." https://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Electrical-Workers-UE/1163391... (Apologies for posting a Facebook link on Unionbook.)
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 16:18
The IWW Madison chapter, at ground zero of all this, seeks support and solidarity: http://www.iww.org/en/node/5346
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 16:16
Hi Marian, I found this report of a NYC rally on Feb. 18 http://jobparty.us/1/cheesehead_rally_nyc . And although this doesn't have an action associated with it yet, the New York Central Labor Council expressed solidarity - http://www.laborradio.org/Channels/Story.aspx?ID=1366408 .
Comment by Marian Swerdlow on February 19, 2011 at 15:49

Hi Aaron,

thanks for your response.  I had not heard of any actions in NYC, and I still don't know of any future ones.  I'd appreciate any info about who sponsored it, so I cd check it out and see what they've got coming down the pike.  I checked out the NYC Jobs w. Justice website and there's no mention of any actions.  My union local sent out a link to a Wisconsin site, but no info about anything in NYC.  Thanks again so much for your reply, and thank you for starting this group! 

Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 15:47
TAA (Teaching Assistants' Association) - http://taa-madison.org/ -a Madison union local heavily involved in the protests. Their website has many updates about what is happening in Madison.
Comment by Aaron Stark on February 19, 2011 at 15:43
 

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