Friday, April 1, 2011

Washington State Unions Plan Week of Protests for No Wage or Benefit Cuts

Not all Union members are happy that their precious union dues are spent this way. How else do you think I received this email being shared among the local unions?

For some insane reason the Unions don’t understand how the financial and benefit packages that they procured during ‘collective bargaining’ is one large part of what’s destroying the private sector. Wake up! If there’s not a growing private sector and private sector jobs, there is no money to pay for public services.
Legacy and benefit plans are unsustainable for the obvious reason that they are not only ‘too’ generous, but also because the public sector has grown faster than the private sector and has not adjusted itself in the tough times as the private sector does. The private sector adjusts itself naturally due to market forces. The public sector does not adjust itself naturally due to the choke hold they have on the public coffers. Politicians who were more concerned about getting public union dollars for their elections, than looking out for the best interest of all the tax paying citizen’s they represent, have sold both sides a lemon.

So, Washington State Unions, protest all you want…that does not change the truth.

Yours In Truth  Winking smile  Shelly

This is a copy of the information being emailed to local Washington State Public Employees

My Friends, it's time to take a stand!

As the budget shortfall continues to grow, so do the attacks on public employees and Washington families. Legislators are scapegoating workers while giving away billions in tax breaks to out of state corporations.

Did you know state Senator Zarelli is fighting to reject your contract because he thinks the 3% pay cut you agreed to isn't enough (SB 5870)? Or that he wants to create a PERS 4 retirement system that will eliminate your guarantee pension (SB 5908)?

It doesn't matter that your sacrifices will save the state more than $330 million or that you've sacrificed more than $1.5 billion in the past 2 years. It doesn't matter that these bills won't save the state money and that they'll actually hurt our recovering economy.

They want to bust the Unions.

It's time to take a stand in Olympia! Join me and the thousands of other union members from across the state on Friday, April 8. [learn more here]

Let's send a message to law makers that the workers didn't cause this budget crisis and they can't solve the problem on our backs.

Buses are filling up fast! Please email me back and let me know what bus you're planning to ride or if you're planning to get here on your own.

It's going to be historic!

April Sims
WFSE/AFSCME LPA Field Coordinator


This is from the website

WA State Union RallyApril 8 Lobby Day and Rally

Rally at the Capitol steps at noon on April 8 to demand that legislators put people first when seeking solutions to the budget crisis.
Washington state's economy has been brought to its knees over the past several years - not by working men and women, but by Wall Street bankers who created the worst economic crisis in our country since the 1930's. Many ordinary working-class people have already paid the price in lost jobs, homes, services and hope.
People are looking for real solutions. We don't need more cuts to working families. We need legislators to recognize that public servants and middle-class workers have already made deep sacrifices to help fix the economy.
The legislature gave away $3 billion in tax breaks in the past 10 years. We need legislators to close tax loopholes and protect the safety net.

On April 8th - come to Olympia and stand in solidarity to demand that legislators protect the middle class and find real solutions to the budget deficit.

Follow this link to their website and go to all of the bills that they are asking their membership to support and oppose.  Then ask yourself, does this organization care about our State or our Country?  Click here to the WFSE site.

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