Published 24 May, 2011
The TWU Workers’ Rights are Human Rights team in Nevada has raised the activist bar for the rest of the country. To kick off their week, TWU activists in Nevada gave new meaning to “on the ground” organizing, pitching a tent in solidarity with students protesting Draconian public education cuts.
Students dubbed the tent city “Sandoville” in honor of the state’s right wing Governor Sandoval, who is pushing the cuts. They are engaged in round-the-clock protests, lobbying and direct action.
Then, last Wednesday May 18, the Workers’ Rights are Human Rights team turned up the heat on Congressman Joe Heck (R-Nevada), confronting him at a Town Hall meeting on both his vote to privatize Medicare and his anti-union voting record. Although Heck would not allow cameras or any other recording equipment at the event (what is he hiding?), thepress reported that he took so much fire that he was forced to back away from the privatization idea, admitting, “I’m not saying it’s the best idea…”
The next day, TWU members joined several hundred other union members and community allies at a rally to “Stop the Attack on Prevailing Wage.” After picketing in front of the State Legislature, ralliers crammed a hearing on bill (AB412).
Now, Nevada TWU WR=HR activists are taking the next logical step, researching the possibility of a recall of Governor Sandoval.
Message from Nevada: Don’t mess with the TWU!