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A Special Message from Wisconsin to Our AFSCME Family

August 08, 2011

This entry is from the leaders of AFSCME Wisconsin

Council 40 members Janice Bobholz and Brian Toth canvass Waupun
Council 40 members Janice Bobholz and Brian Toth canvass Waupun.

Sisters and Brothers, this has been quite a journey. Six months ago, thousands of Wisconsin AFSCME members stood in the cold of winter and held rally signs outside the capitol in Madison. This spring, members gathered recall petition signatures in districts across Wisconsin. This summer, they braved the heat to go door-to-door to talk to their neighbors.

And tomorrow they will take yet another step towards reclaiming their state for working men and women. Tomorrow, they will send a message to Gov. Scott Walker that he and his allies cannot continue to take away their rights as workers while giving tax breaks to corporations and the super rich.

Kristen Zehner of Council 24 works the phones in Madison
Kristen Zehner of Council 24 works the phones in Madison.

Some of these AFSCME members had never done any door-to-door canvassing or phone banking before this battle was thrust upon them. Governor Walker’s reckless, anti-worker, partisan agenda has awoken a sleeping giant and made activists out of our members. In short, he unwittingly has made our union stronger. Watching our members gain a sense of empowerment has been truly inspiring.

We know we are not alone in this struggle either. We've seen our sisters and brothers in Maine, Florida, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, and all across the country fall under a coordinated attack from corporate-backed politicians and their allies. Here in Wisconsin, we're on the verge of taking back a little bit of what is rightfully ours.

Council 48 members get their marching orders in Milwaukee before heading out to canvass
Council 48 members get their marching orders in Milwaukee before heading out to canvass.

The entire country will watch Wisconsin tomorrow night. We hope to be an example to all of you that we did it here in Wisconsin and so can you in your state battles. Regardless of the outcome though, the men and women of Councils 24, 40, and 48 are a credit to their union and have made us all proud to wear the AFSCME green.

Now, let's go get out the vote!

In solidarity,

Jim Garity, President
AFSCME Council 40
Rick Badger, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 40
Paulette Feld, President
AFSCME Council 24
Marty Beil, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 24
Brian Stafford, President
AFSCME Council 48
Rich Abelson, Executive Director
AFSCME Council 48
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