Want a SCFL Solidarity t-shirt and a Union Labor News subscription? Help us rename Governor Scott Walkers new book. All submissions will be voted on and the top three will get a t-shirt,ULN subscription and a mention in December’s Union Labor News.
Before you write a book, shouldn’t you at least have to read one? But then, how many words did current Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker, actually write in his book being released November 19? Former George W. Bush staffer Marc Theissen no doubt penned the bulk of Walker’s autobiographical fiction, but it’s doubtful he actually spent much time in Wisconsin. If he had, he might have noticed how stunningly inappropriate the title is for a governor so intimidated that he’s afraid to meet with opponents or hold public events.
Not only that, but a book written by and about the participants in the Solidarity Sing Along is being published at almost the same time. It carries the same title, Unintimidated, and truly deserves it.
So let’s see if we can help the governor by coming up with a new title that more accurately reflects his tenure.
You can submit your new title (and explanation if you wish) via Facebook or in the comments below. We will publish the best entries in our newspaper, Union Labor News, and award SCFL Solidarity tee shirts to the top three as determined by popular vote (so watch for that).
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Date: June 28th, 2013
Contact: Kevin Gundlach – President, South Central Federation of Labor
South Central Federation of Labor President statement on June 26th United States Supreme Court ruling on the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and California’s Prop 8.
Madison – South Central of Federation of Labor President Kevin Gundlach releases the following statement regarding the United States Supreme Court ruling on “Defense of Marriage Act” and California’s Prop 8.
“Wednesday’s historic decision by our Nation’s highest court to strike down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and to dismiss the Prop 8 case on a lack of standing reflects our communities desire to ensure fairness, equality, and justice to all people. Extending federal benefits to same sex couples ensures they are entitled to the same benefits heterosexual couples have enjoyed for decades.
Additionally, binational couple’s will now have the ability to apply for green cards for their spouses thus granting almost 36,000 couples a path to citizenship. This decision will provide binational families with the stability they deserve and will give them the ability to pursue their dreams without fear of separation.
While Wisconsin has yet to recognize same sex marriage, yesterday’s watershed decision is sure to inspire Wisconsinites to follow suit to ensure equality for all its citizens. South Central Federation of Labor will continue to organize locally to pursue the tenets of freedom, equality and justice.”
The South Central Federation of Labor is the local umbrella organization of labor unions and has close to 100 affiliates representing over 30,000 workers in South Central Wisconsin.
Listen to Lester Pines, Attorney for the plaintiffs in Madison Teachers Inc. v. Walker- Pines discusses the right of free speech, the right of association in the workplace and the pending case before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Sly and Lester discuss: “Will the GOP dominated Wisconsin State Supreme Court fairly judge the case given the right wing media/Walker and his political party/ ring of fire?” If not, what will be the fate of Unions in WI? Lester expects the case to be argued before the court in October, 2013.
On February 11th, 2011, teachers across this state received startling news. The Wisconsin State Journal headline read, “Walker to propose stripping collective bargaining rights from state workers.” Just a little more than two years later, daily headlines show signs of further turbulence. Governor Walker’s current budget proposal includes the expansion of taxpayer-funded, private school vouchers to several districts in Wisconsin including Madison. The scope of the latest attack is not limited to schools, but extends to every student, family, labor Union, and community. It is an attack on Wisconsin’s prosperity and well-being. (more…)
Mr. President and Members of Congress:
During this period, when people of faith and secular people alike reflect on the year that is ending and look forward with hope to the year ahead, it is a time to put aside differences and enmities to celebrate our universal values.
It is in this spirit of humanity and hope that we call upon you to redirect your efforts and federal resources to:
We ask that you summon the personal courage and moral fortitude to transcend partisan differences to serve the common good and public interest.
Give peace a chance! We need jobs not cuts! Work not Wars!
US Labor Against War will present the Jobs-Not-Wars Petition to Congress & President Obama around the time of the Inauguration.
Sign the Jobs-Not-Wars Petition. Post it to your Facebook page and Tweet about it to your social network. There is strength in numbers. Don’t let our elected officials forget who they represent.
We can, and must do better for all Americans.
The Jobs-Not-Wars Campaign
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If your organization’s name is not on the list and it has endorsed the campaign, register the endorsement here: http://bit.ly/jobs-not-wars-endorsement.
Saying that the labor movement’s focus on electoral politics, while yielding occasional success at the ballot box, has not translated into success for America’s working people, a resolution passed by SCFL delegates at their August 16 meeting went on to state: “If workers are to have any control over their lives, they must take control directly, educated and confident in the means to do so and united in their cause.”
SCFL delegates called on the labor movement at all levels to invest in labor education and organizing an amount equivalent to no less than 30 percent of the funds expended on electoral politics, so that workers may learn to take direct actions in their own defense and advance the interests of the labor movement at large. Read the full resolution here.