Earlier today Nevada union members and non-union members showed up to support Wisconsin workers who are protesting in their State capitol, as Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) tries to bust the teachers union. The teachers union has offered to take cuts in salaries, medical benefits and pension contributions, but they refuse to allow their collective bargaining rights to be stripped. They have now been protesting for eight days.
The two rallies held simultaneously in Nevada, one in Las Vegas and the other in Carson City at noon, had turn outs in the hundreds. The rallies were designed to show solidarity with the state workers in Wisconsin.
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“What’s going on in Wisconsin is the biggest un-American thing I’ve ever heard of in my life,” said Danny Thompson, executive secretary-treasurer of the Nevada AFL-CIO. “To try to do away with collective bargaining for anyone is a crime. We are the middle class, and we are the middle class because of our union contract. You do away with that and the middle class in this country will cease to exist.”
“This is about breaking the backs of unions in this country,” said Dana Galvin, president of the Washoe Education Association. “It’s about taking away the rights of the people.”
“An America without union is an America with the super rich and super poor. Unions built the middle class and this is nothing more than an all out attack on the middle class to help Wall Street,” said Dave Peter, SEIU Local 1107 in Las Vegas.
Legislative Democrats said Sandoval is balancing his budget on the backs of state workers and the middle class.
“Some people want to make public employees a dirty word, a dirty phrase,” said state Sen. Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas. “Our public employees are nurses, they are our teachers, they are our correction officers, they are our case workers. They are the people that provide the backbone of the services that every one of us in Nevada depend on.”
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval (R) said he will not seek to remove collective bargaining rights for Nevada State employees, as his predecessor Jim Gibbons had proposed.
But Sandoval will be taking an axe to Nevada’s budget and State employees will feel the pain. But they will keep their collective bargaining rights, which will allow State employees to bargain for a better deal in better economic times in the future.
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