Budget Repair Bill Talking Points

* It’s about rights, not money: Government Walker’s new proposal to overhaul collective bargaining misses the mark on solving Wisconsin’s budget problems. The right to negotiate both wages and benefits through a union is a fundamental underpinning of the middle class. When workers, in either the private or public sector, join together in unions, it…

Governor Walker misrepresents his own bill

For Immediate Release Contact: Alex Hanna, 765-404-6996 Kevin Gibbons, 813-466-0952 Governor Scott Walker’s contention that his budget repair bill is about balancing the budget, and that concessions demanded from state workers are “modest,” is blatantly untrue. We demand that he represent the bill as what it is – a stripping of our collective bargaining rights.…

TAA's Letter to Chancellor Martin

Dear Chancellor Martin: The Teaching Assistants’ Association requests that you cancel classes and all nonessential university activity on Friday, February 18 in order to stand in solidarity with striking public employees across the state. The members of the University of Wisconsin-Madison community should show full, unconditional support of the workers whose rights are threatened by…

Many School of Journalism profs offer support

A letter of support from most of the professors at the top-ranked School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UW-Madison. February 16, 2011 To the Governor and Legislature: We, the undersigned faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, oppose the cuts to state employee benefits now being pushed through the…

Two thousand students walk out, fill State Street

For immediate release Contact: Alex Hanna, 765-404-6996 Kevin Gibbons, 813-466-0952 Hundreds of students, chanting “Show me what democracy looks like! This is what democracy looks like!” filled State Street at 10 a.m. They marched to the Capitol for the beginning of the Senate session that will consider the union-busting budget repair bill at 11 a.m.…