|A Teamster family today in Wisconsin.
The battlefield spread to Michigan today, where Jim Hoffa rallied hundreds of Teamsters, autoworkers and government employees. The Republican-dominated Legislature in Lansing is considering several dozen bills that would erode workers' rights. Hoffa said
We’re outraged at what is happening in Wisconsin and in other states across this country. This is a vast, corporate-funded campaign to weaken unions and pummel middle class workers ... We’re not going to stand for it.Huge protests continued in Indiana and Wisconsin, and a crowd estimated at 15,000 descended on Ohio's state capitol. Teamsters took buses and carpooled from all over the state to protest a Senate bill that would strip public employees of the collective bargaining rights.
|Ohio protesters locked out in the cold
Teamsters from Indiana and Northern Kentucky joined a sit-in in front of Indiana's Senate Chamber to protest another bill that would destroy government workers' collective bargaining rights. Thousands protested outside as
Wisconsin Teamsters were part of the energetic protest outside the Legislature as Assembly Democrats tried to slow down the anti-worker legislation pushed by
With their Senate colleagues still in hiding, Democrats in the Wisconsin Assembly began introducing a barrage of 100 amendments Tuesday to try to stymie the Republican governor's plan to strip unionized public employees of most of their bargaining rights.Both houses of the GOP-controlled Legislature convened shortly before noon amid noisy protests outside the state Capitol that began more than a week ago in an epic showdown that is being watched nervously by organized labor across the country.
|Teamsters rally in Denver
We've also learned that a thousand people gathered in Helena, Mont. to protest anti-worker legislation and to show their solidarity with workers in Wisconsin. Raw Story reports
And here's a photo from yesterday's rally in Washington State, where Teamsters from Local 117 joined thousands of workers and U.S. Rep. Dennis Kucinich in a solidarity rally for workers in Wisconsin. Kucinish is holding a Teamster sign.Teamsters were well represented today in a workers' rights rally in support of the Wisconsin state employees at the State Capitol in Denver.Crowd estimates were as high as 2,000, and included members from many private sector unions, as well as the public sector unions. Teamsters Local 455 chartered a bus, and many other Teamsters who provided their own transportation were in attendance.It was the best labor rally we've had in many, many years here in Colorado.
|Thanks to Local 117 for this photo from Olympia.
More than a thousand Montanans gathered in front of the the state Capitol of Helena on Monday to protest budgetary plans to cut health, educational, environmental and labor programs while pushing for corporate tax cuts.