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International delegation reclaiming workers' rights in Wisconsin

06 March 2012
An international delegation of Public Services International leaders and union journalists are visiting PSI affiliates in Wisconsin, USA from 5-11 March 2012 to mark the one year anniversary of the passage of legislation stripping public service workers’ rights.

A year ago in Wisconsin, tens of thousands of union members and citizens joined in an awe-inspiring wave of protests against Governor Walker’s union-busting legislation aimed at public service workers. On March 9, 2011, the State Senate passed the bill, repealing state workers' collective bargaining rights over pensions and health care, limiting pay raises of public employees to the rate of inflation, ending automatic union dues collection by the state, and requiring public unions to recertify annually. Since then, in a major recall mobilization, over one million signatures to recall Governor Walker were submitted on January 17, 2012. Recall elections for a number of Wisconsin lawmakers could happen in June this year.

It’s no small irony that Wisconsin was the first state in America to provide collective bargaining rights to public employees in 1959. Wisconsin affiliates have appreciated the outpouring of support from PSI affiliates around the world.

Activities such as a bus tour and town hall public forums will lead into the final events and rallies on March 9-10. For more info:

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