Collective Bargaining Is the American Way
In Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan, Florida, New Hampshire and elsewhere, politicians who do nothing to protect or create jobs are working overtime to eliminate the ability of workers to help solve problems and come up with solutions that work. These right-wing politicians want a future where public services are starved, collective bargaining is a thing of the past, and powerful corporate interests keep their tax loopholes at the expense of everyone else. These attacks on workers' rights are an attack on basic American values of fairness and democracy. Public service workers didn’t get us into this mess, and scapegoating them won’t create jobs or rebuild the middle class.
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