USW denounces ‘attack on working people’

Mar 14, 2011 | 10:25 AM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Leo Gerard, Tom Conway, USW, unions, wisconsin, sbb steel markets north america, corinna petry

CHICAGO — Moves to restrict the collective bargaining rights of Wisconsin’s public-sector employees are "an attack on all working people," according to Leo Gerard, president of the United Steelworkers union.

Gerard accused Republican state senators in Wisconsin of violating the state’s open meeting law by voting, without a quorum, to strip state employees of collective bargaining rights. "This is not democracy," he said in a statement.

The Wisconsin vote came three weeks after Democratic state senators opposing the initiative fled the state so there would not be a quorum to allow the vote, which they were virtually certain to lose.....

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