Labor, community vs. Wisconsin anti-union bill

first_imgProtesters inside the Wisconsin State Capitol on Feb. 28.Photo: Ben HerrenbruckMarch 2 — As of this writing, the battle is raging in Wisconsin to defeat the misnamed “right to work” legislation. Workers and community members are packing the Capitol to testify to the Labor Committee of the State Assembly. This resistance is a continuation of protest actions over the past week in which thousands of workers and community members statewide are demanding: “Shut down RTW!”On Feb. 28, at a protest of thousands at the state Capitol here, Stephanie Bloom­ing­dale, secretary-treasurer of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, called on all workers and community members to come to the Capitol in the coming week to stop the Wisconsin State Assembly from voting for a “right to work” bill.“We are not going anywhere. We need to stay all day and all week,” said Bloomingdale. After she spoke, Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, said, “Let’s pack the gallery. Let’s pack the Capitol.”Many labor and community supporters participated in the Feb. 28 protest, including Fight for $15 activists trying to raise the minimum wage, youth, seniors, women, the lesbian-gay-bi-trans-queer community, environmentalists, faculty, students and the Black Lives Matter movement. Chants of “What’s disgusting? Union busting” and “Shut it down” were heard inside and on the streets around the Capitol.Speaking inside the Capitol, Eric Upchurch II of the Young, Gifted and Black coalition said, “We are in solidarity. There are so many forms of state violence and ‘right to work’ is one of them. Mass incarceration and poverty are state violence. We have to see the commonality of our struggles. We can and will stand together and fight.”The deceptively named RTW bill really means the right to work for less, because it would seriously weaken workers’ unions and thereby destroy communities by making it hard for unions to collect dues.On Feb. 25, the Wisconsin State Senate passed an RTW bill on a “fast track” after shutting down a public comment session the day before. Of those who registered comments at the public session, 1,751 were opposed to RTW and 25 for — proof of overwhelming public opposition to RTW. But the Wall Street politician majority in the legislature are moving forward.The RTW bill must now be passed by the majority of the State Assembly before going to Gov. Scott Walker, an unabashed enemy of labor who has said he’ll sign RTW legislation if it comes before him.The Wisconsin AFL-CIO expects the Assembly to vote on the RTW bill on March 5.‘RTW is another form of brutal austerity’“This right-to-work-for-less legislation jeopardizes the future living standards of all workers, organized and unorganized, especially workers and communities of color, women and the LGBTQ community,” said Tommy Cavanaugh of Fight Imperialism, Stand Together (FIST) in Rockford, Ill. “RTW is yet another form of brutal, Greece-like austerity coming from Wall Street and being enacted by bought-and-paid-for politicians.“As a young low-wage worker, I demand a future for my generation, those before us and after us. We didn’t stop resisting in 2011 when we occupied the Capitol with hundreds of thousands to fight Act 10, and we won’t stop now. We will fight to shut down RTW. And whatever the outcome of this battle, we will continue building a fighting global people’s movement to shut down capitalism once and for all.”Cavanaugh participated in a FIST, Workers World Party and Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement delegation Feb. 25 to protest RTW at the state Capitol.A series of events is being organized by the Wisconsin AFL-CIO and the Defeat “Right To Work” in Wisconsin coalition, with the support of numerous labor, community and youth/student organizations.On March 4, a Students and Workers, Unite and Fight! Solidarity Rally Against “Right to Work” protest will take place at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. On March 5, a Fill the Capitol! Shut down “Right to Work!” protest will begin at 8 a.m. at the state Capitol.For event information, updates and resources to fight RTW: facebook.com/defeatrighttowork;facebook.com/wisaflcio; wisaflcio.typepad.com; wibailoutpeople.org. nFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Mystery marriage referendum signs appear in city

first_imgNewsMystery marriage referendum signs appear in cityBy John Keogh – May 14, 2015 746 Advertisement Twitter WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads A photograph taken by Paul Tarpey of the poster on Todd’s BowA photograph taken by Paul Tarpey of the poster on Todd’s Bowby Aoife McLoughlin and Kathy [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A MYSTERY homophobic sign depicting two men holding hands with a child was discovered this week on Todd’s Bow, between Cruises Street and William Street.The sign was shared widely on social media after it was discovered at the weekend by Paul Tarpey, senior lecturer at LSAD (Limerick School of Art and Design), who says the area has been used for “anti-gay graffiti” over the years.Under a heading reading ‘Progress’, the men in the drawing suggest that they should “adopt a yellow one next” to become “the Branjalena of Ireland” and to be “the coolest family at this year’s LGBT parade”.Mr Tarpey, who has conducted research in the area of political graffiti and imagery, believes that the person who created the image “knew about iconography”.“There is very strong iconography and it has been so carefully done. I think it was someone who knew about iconography. You see the flag and the word progress and you think it’s a Yes vote. The artistic quality is actually unique. It is like the traditional celebratory sketches of ‘We are out and we are proud’ kind of thing.“In 1969 gay people in New York started the Stone Wall Club riots and the guys during the marches were dressed like those in the poster. The child they are holding is actually the Iona icon,” Mr Tarpey told the Limerick Post.According to Mr Tarpey, similar signs had been seen on the Dock Road.Dave Cuddihy, spokesperson for Yes Equality Limerick, said the group was aware of the poster.He told the Limerick Post: “It is very unfortunate to see the artist has felt the need to rely on such a measure to get their point across.“Across the city and county we have hundreds of volunteers on the ground each day engaging in civil and respectful conversations about this referendum and we are delighted to have had such a positive reception in Limerick.”Mr Cuddihy said the group was “under no illusions that we will see a lot more of this questionable behaviour” during the closing stages of the campaign.He continued: “But we must remain focused on our objective and about the central question in the referendum – providing constitutional equality to gay and lesbian citizens without undermining the rights of others.”Mr Cuddihy concluded: “If anyone feels strongly about the contents of this poster and wishes to join Yes Equality canvas groups in the final days of our campaign they can contact us by emailing [email protected]” Facebook Previous articlePlans for international film studio for LimerickNext articleCouncillors furious over lack of funding for social housing in West Limerick John Keoghhttp://www.limerickpost.ie Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Email Printcenter_img TAGSfeaturedLGBTlimerickmarriage equality referendumYes Equality Limerick Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” last_img read more