Over 2500 union members and supporters rallied at the State Capitol in Sacramento on Feb. 22,2011, in a candle light vigil to support the working people in Wisconsin in their struggle to defend their union rights. The financial crisis that began 2007 is an assault on organized labor, working people, and our democracy. To date the corporate class is winning.
While Wall Street has recovered and returned to profitability, working people continue to suffer 15 million unemployed with at least 10 million more under employed. It is more than a crisis - the reality is that the financial class has looted the U.S. economy. The Oligarchs took 13 trillion dollars out of the economy and caused 4 million people to lose their homes and another 4.5 million to fall into foreclosure. Now they want you and I to pay for their greed by forcing budget cuts on the states.
In 2010-2011 the crisis is hitting state and local governments hard. The AFL-CIO is tracking this assault at http://www.aflcio.org/issues/states/. Responding the messaging of the Right many liberals stayed home on election day. Republicans and the Tea Party won a majority in the House, took control of several state houses, elected governors, and now dominate the main steam media with their messages. Conservative forces, the Republicans, the Tea Party, and others use the crisis in the states to launch aggressive campaigns against public sector unions and the salaries and pensions of public sector workers.
The Sacramento response, like rallies in other states condemned the anti union campaigns of Republican governors and legislators. In Wisconsin Governor Walker's immediate attack is aimed directly at some 200,000 public workers in Wisconsin.
As Rose Ann DeMoro Executive Director, California Nurses Association said in a well distributed letter,
“Working people did not create the recession or the budgetary crisis facing federal, state and local governments, and there can be no more concessions, period.
It should be apparent that the right wants to scapegoat workers and their unions, and is trying to exploit the economic crisis for an all-out assault on unions, public employees, and all working people in a campaign that is funded by right-wing, corporate billionaires like the Koch brothers.
Who caused the economic crisis? Banks, Wall Street speculators, mortgage lenders, global corporations shifting jobs from the U.S. overseas.
Who is profiting in the recession? Corporate profits, third quarter of 2010, were $1.6 trillion, 28 percent higher than the year before, the biggest one-year jump in history.”
“This fight is about far more than cutting salaries and benefits of dedicated public servants," said CTA President David Sanchez about the Sacramento vigil. " It is about fighting Governor Scott Walker's cynical attempt to undermine the rights of teachers and public sector workers to have a say in their professions."
In the Sacramento response on Tuesday, union teachers, public service workers as well as local unions such as ILGWU and the Steelworkers, the Sheet Metal Workers, were united to oppose the attacks on union rights of Wisconsin Governor Walker and the Republican majorities in Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio and other states.
Reported by Duane Campbell .