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About Tula Connell

I got my first union card while I worked my way through college as a banquet bartender for the Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee (we were represented by a hotel and restaurant local union—the names of the national unions were different then than they are now). With a background in journalism—covering bull roping in Texas and school boards in Virginia—I started working in the labor movement in 1991. Beginning as a writer for SEIU (and OPEIU member), I now blog under the title of AFL-CIO managing editor.

Tom Morello: Battle to Preserve Workers’ Rights in Wisconsin a ‘Watershed Moment’

Tom Morello was among top-name musicians who trekked to Wisconsin in recent days to perform for the thousands of citizens protesting Gov. Scott Walker’s attempt to take away from public employees their freedom to bargain for good middle-class jobs. In an article out today in Rolling Stone, Morello describes the experience–and what made him pack up and travel through winter storms to Wisconsin even though he was taking a break to be home with his newborn. In short, Morello says he knew he had to go because:

The battle to preserve workers’ rights in Wisconsin is a watershed moment in US history. Wisconsin is Class War Ground Zero for the new millennium and a crucible for people’s rights in the United States.

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Wisconsin Police Set to Stage Sleep-In to Keep Capitol Open

The leader of the police union in Wisconsin is calling for Gov. Scott Walker to keep the state Capitol open—and today announced plans for a sleepover to make sure that happens.

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Ohio Taxpayers Will Lose Millions Under Kasich Plan

Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, is willing to cost state taxpayers millions in lost revenue solely to advance their personal political vendetta against working families and their right to bargain for good middle-class jobs.

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‘Use Live Ammunition’ Against Wisconsin Workers?

If true, this is a really horrifying development. According to Adam Weinstein at Mother Jones, when the magazine’s staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep workers out of the Wisconsin Capitol building,

one Twitter user sent out a chilling public response: “Use live ammunition.”

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Republican Governors Desert Wis.’s Scott Walker

Memo to Gov. Scott Walker: Your allies are deserting you. They know something you don’t seem to: the public supports the freedom to bargain for good middle-class jobs.

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Poll: Public Opposes Taking Away Freedom to Bargain

A new poll shows the public strongly opposes laws taking away the collective bargaining power of public employees to address budgets. Some 61 percent of the public say they would oppose a law in their state similar to one being considered in Wisconsin, compared with 33 percent who would favor such a law, according to poll out today by USA Today/Gallup.

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Walker’s One Month Legacy: Job Killer

Most governors taking office hope to create jobs for their constituents.

Not Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R). Before his massive attack on the middle-class jobs of Wisconsin public employees, he rejected federal funding for the creation of high-speed rail that would have added more than 14,000 family-supporting jobs to his state.

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Wisconsin’s Walker: Wasting Taxpayer Dollars Again?

This from Think Progress today via ”The Rachel Maddow Show.”

The last time Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) went after public-sector unions it had “disastrous results” for him and for taxpayers. As Milwaukee County Executive in 2009, Walker tried to get rid of the unionized security guards at the county courthouse and replace them with contractors, which he promised would save the county money. The County Board rejected the idea, but in March of 2010 Walker “unilaterally ordered it,” claiming there was a budget emergency.

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Pittsburgh Council Members in Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

More shows of solidarity with Wisconsin workers. Tomorrow, Feb. 22, Pittsburgh Council member Natalia Rudiak will preview a proclamation co-sponsored by all nine city Council members expressing support and respect for public workers prior to the Pittsburgh City Council’s regular weekly meeting.

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Special Delivery to Wis. Worker from Cairo: Pizza

Wisconsin working families, rallying to save middle-class jobs in the state Capitol in Madison, have received hundreds of free pizzas from supporters literally around the world.

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