Wisconsin State Conference stands in solidarity with Wisconsin’s public employees, and supports the rights of all employees to collectively bargain. Accordingly, we urge the Assembly and Senate to reject the proposed Budget Repair Bill.
The bill threatens to effectively extinguish the right of public employees to bargain over any term and condition of employment other than wages. The NAACP is sensitive to the State of Wisconsin’s financial condition. We are also cognizant that teachers and other public employees have made financial concessions in the past, and are prepared to make concessions today. However, they are not willing to sacrifice their hard fought right to collectively bargain, and rightfully so. We stand in solidarity with them.
Middle class/low-income workers, whether private or public, were not responsible for the circumstances, which led to the greatest economic downturn in decades. It is unfair to rest the rescue on their shoulders, particularly at a time when wealthy big businesses are being rewarded with tax cuts.
Public employees have taught our children, cared for our relatives, and otherwise supported our community. We must now support them. The bill as currently drafted is more about destroying bargaining rights than improving the state’s financial condition.