Breaking: Labor Calls For National Protests Saturday In Support of Wisconsin
In the same tradition as the protests in Egypt, a national protest against the state of Wisconsin is planned at the steps of state capitols and state houses across the US Saturday at noon, say labor organizers. They will be protesting the shift of wealth to the super rich while raping the middle class of basic benefits. The State of Wisconsin recently supported a move to eliminate workers right to strike while slashing jobs and benefits.
The Colorado State Patrol calls for backup during a labor protest in Denver, CO. this week.
The organizers say the Republicans are feeding the super rich while starving the poor. During the 2010 lame duck session Republicans refused to pass most laws including the start missile treaty until the Democrats agreed to give the Republicans an unfunded tax cut that put an extra one million dollars into the pocket of every person who has a million dollar net income. The tax cut program was extended for two years while benefits for unemployment were extended for one year, claim labor leaders.
At the start of the 2011 legislative season, Republicans have advocated for massive cuts in benefits to the middle class. In Wisconsin, Governor Scott (R-Wis) said he would end collective bargaining for state employees including teachers and nurses while dramatically cutting benefits, school budgets, police budgets and jobs.
“In Wisconsin and around our country, the American Dream is under fierce attack” say organizers. “Instead of creating jobs, Republicans are giving tax breaks to corporations and the very rich” say organizers.
The protests are scheduled for noon local time in various cities. Organizers say you can find the protest nearest you by using their zip code locator. Denver, Seattle, Washington DC, Las Angeles and many other cities are participating.
Republicans say the one million dollar unfunded tax cut for the super rich was necessary to keep businesses operating, since businesses create jobs. They say we must cut our budgets in order to protect the value of the dollar. Likely workers are in agreement about the cuts. The disagreement is who should pay for them.