Getting to Higher Ground
Public Employees ban together as attacks heat up.
Attacks on Wisconsin public employees continue to make national headlines, but the threats aren’t limited to this state alone. From Maryland to Kansas, AFT members and their unions are fighting a full slate of legislation and executive actions that would make a bad situation even worse for the workforce: efforts to erode negotiated pay increases, to institute reckless tax cuts that shortchange vital public work, and to silence public employees’ ability to speak out against these and other dangers to good government.
It’s one of the most mean-spirited environments that public employees have faced in years, and unions aren’t taking it lying down. Across the country, members and activists are rising to the challenge and taking their case directly to lawmakers, the courts and the community.
“Governors and state policymakers have a clear choice,” AFT President Randi Weingarten recently wrote. “Push ideological policies to break the backs of unions, further disempower workers, have their deficit grow, have workers’ wages sink, and have their state ranked at the bottom for business and economic climate; [or] strengthen unions and workers’ rights, invest in public education and infrastructure, and create more good jobs.”