Current and former members of the Green Bay Packers are lining up against Gov. Scott Walker's attempts to strip state workers of collective bargaining rights and have signed a letter in support of the AFL-CIO's actions, Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel reports.
Curtis Fuller, Chris Jackie, Charles , Bob Long, Steve Okoniewski, Brady Poppinga and Jason Spitz all signed a statement on the ongoing standoff between teachers and other state employees hoping to block Walker's plans. Here's the letter to the governor:
The NFL Players Association has also joined the dispute, releasing its own statement in which it says it "stands in solidarity with its organized labor brothers and sisters in Wisconsin."We know that it is teamwork on and off the field that makes the Packers and Wisconsin great. As a publicly owned team we wouldn't have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans.
It is the same dedication of our public workers every day that makes Wisconsin run. 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.
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