Weekly Update: For Wisconsin.
Fighting Back for Wisconsin
November’s election will be a nationwide fight to elect leaders who stand up for workers’ rights and will create needed jobs in our still-troubled economy. In Wisconsin, the coming June 5th election to recall Governor Scott Walker is the preamble to November. Governor Walker put unions, workers and the middle class in the crosshairs last year when he pushed to remove collective bargaining for Wisconsin’s public employees.
This election is important for the people of Wisconsin, and it will have ramifications for workers across the country. Unscrupulous employers have begun to imitate Walker’s anti-worker zeal and are not bargaining with their employees. Anti-worker legislation has appeared throughout the country, echoing Governor Walker’s false claim that budgets were the cause for his actions.
The board is set and the pieces are in motion. The Koch Brothers and their ilk from across the country have dumped money into Wisconsin to ensure Governor Walker can continue his attacks. But nationwide, Wisconsinites are finding support as well. The labor movement and working people from Oregon to Florida are helping call into Wisconsin to help the state’s ongoing massive education efforts.
In Oregon, you have the opportunity to participate in the campaign to take Walker down. See this week’s Take Action section or click here to learn about phone banks happening at the Oregon AFL-CIO Portland office.
In Other News...
Y.E.L.L. Happy Hour on Thursday, May 24th
Are you under age 35 and a union member? Meet up with the Young Emerging Labor Leaders (YELL) tomorrow night to enjoy a happy hour drink ($1.50 PBR, $2.50 well drinks), mingle and get to know the young faces of Oregon’s union movement.
Where: Clinton Street Pub (2516 SE Clinton Street in Portland)
When: Thursday, May 24th at 4:30pm
Click here to RSVP.
Click here to spread the word on Facebook.
Is Wealth Equality a Partisan Issue?
TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks have been sweeping the internet by storm in the past few years. Based on the simple mantra of “ideas worth spreading,” TED Talks feature concise, strong arguments from interesting speakers.
Multi-millionaire Nick Hanauer gave a very compelling talk about wealth inequality, focusing on the need to tax the so-called “job creators” in our country to rebalance our wealth. His words hit hard and are welcome in a national climate of disproportionate income distribution and unbalanced taxation. TED’s curator, Chris Anderson, claimed that the argument was framed in “a very partisan way” and declined to feature the talk on TED’s website.
Is Nick Hanauer’s talk too partisan? You be the judge. Think about the amount of truly partisan rhetoric from conservatives in the media. We think Nick’s talk pales in comparison.
Watch the video here.