Protests have been taking place across the state of Wisconsin against Governor Walker’s order that state employee wages be cut by 17% without the right to collectively bargain their salaries. In the tense stand off between the Tea Party Governor and the state employees, the Governor threatened to call out the National Guard and the parallels between the Governor’s actions and those of Hosni Mubarak arise in frequent conversation within the state. The only question remaining was where the dominant institution in Wisconsin, the Green Bay Packers, would stand. But past and present players from the only community-owned team in the NFL have made a statement. They stand with the people:
“As a publicly owned team we wouldn’t have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans. … They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. But now in an unprecedented political attack Governor Walker is trying to take away their right to have a voice and bargain at work.
The right to negotiate wages and benefits is a fundamental underpinning of our middle class. When workers join together it serves as a check on corporate power and helps ALL workers by raising community standards. Wisconsin’s long standing tradition of allowing public sector workers to have a voice on the job has worked for the state since the 1930s. It has created greater consistency in the relationship between labor and management and a shared approach to public work.
These public workers are Wisconsin’s champions every single day and we urge the Governor and the State Legislature to not take away their rights.”
For the Vikings and Bears fans out there, THAT is why the Packers are the best team in the league. This leaves very little political room in the state for Governor Walker. Now, the remaining question is whether the Governor will be able to hold on to power or whether the combined efforts of the protestors and the Green Bay Packers will lead to regime change.
Tuesday Evening, February 15
Fond du Lac
Wednesday, February 16
Fond du Lac
Events last weekend (past)