Published 17 Mar, 2011
TWU International Officers, President James C. Little, Secretary-Treasurer Joe Gordon, Vice President Harry Lombardo, Administrative Vice President John Conley, Chief of Staff Jeffrey L. Brooks, and other senior staff join the spirited picket greeting the Wisconsin Governor. They vowed to keep up the fight for working families and defend the middle class wherever it is being threatened.
When Republican state senators from Wisconsin showed up in Washington, DC to meet with their business cronies and get some more corporate dollars, hundreds of protesters got through security and staged a vocal protest inside the building to disrupt the meeting.
The spirit of Wisconsin was alive and well in the nation’s capitol as hundreds of people came to let the Wisconsin GOP leaders know that working people will not be silent while workers’ rights are violated. Hundreds of people toting signs and chanting “This is what democracy looks like” disrupted the $1000 per person fundraiser from the inside while hundreds more picketed outside during the rush hour in downtown DC. The entire block of 13th Street was eventually blocked off as the crowd of union members, activists and students grew. What was planned as a fundraiser for union busting politicians turned into a fiasco.
“The attack on working families going on in states around the country is a wake up call and people are standing up and saying no. The politicians who have failed to deliver for the middle class will quickly find they will no longer be representing us,” said TWU International President James C. Little who marched on the picket.
Many of the Republican state senators in Wisconsin are facing recall, as a campaign is heating up to remove them from office. Numerous polls have shown the popularity of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and Republican state senators nose diving and that the public supports collective bargaining.