Lies Conservatives Tell: Part 387

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

(By Mark Bridger, cross posted at That Mans Scope blog)

“Municipal (government) workers make more than workers in the private sector.”

You hear this every day now, and it is baloney. The standard statistic supposedly reporting this is that the average salary of a municipal worker is higher than the average salary of a non-municipal worker. This is a highly misleading comparison, since municipal workers are almost all selected for particular skills and/or educational levels. It’s a little like saying that professional architects earn more than general workers, or that college grads make more, on average, than the population at large. Most municipal workers must take civil service exams or show evidence that they have completed special training.  Examples are obvious: fire-fighters, teachers, police, EMTs lawyers.

There are many sources evaluating these statistics; below is a quote from the Michigan Municipal League:

“Two studies, one released by the Snyder Administration [Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder] and another by a group of public employee unions give conflicting views in comparing public employee compensation to private sector compensation.

The Snyder Administration study, conducted by the Anderson Economic Group, shows that over the last decade, public sector workers have been compensated more than double private sectors workers. However, Governor Synder admitted that the report did not compare similar jobs in the public and private sectors, nor the educational attainment levels required for those jobs. The governor urged caution in the analysis of those numbers, agreeing it was not an apples-to-apples comparison.

However, a second study, released by Citizens for Accountability and Reform and the Economic Policy Institute found that after correcting for education levels, state workers have total compensation 9.67 percent less than their private sector counterparts.

Let me repeat the important point:

After correcting for education levels, state workers have total compensation nearly 10 percent less than their private sector counterparts.

In fact, we’ve all heard high-ranking “public servants” claim that they are leaving their posts because they can make much more in the private sector. Politicians say this all the time, except when they are trying to bash government workers.

It is true that municipal workers have somewhat better job security than workers in the private sector. This is because municipal workers are more organized into unions, and unions protect workers. As usual, conservatives try to use this as a way of seeding resentment and thus dividing salaried workers. It is another one of “management’s” sneaky tools, which include exploiting racism, sexism, and religious prejudice. The appropriate response is: “If union members get treated with respect, maybe I should join a union.”

The same people who underwrite the spread of these statistical fairy tales are the same wealthy and conservative people whose incomes have soared since Ronald Reagan’s administration — while the rest of us have seen our purchasing power essentially remain flat.

Oh, and one other thing. It was WALL STREET, not wage workers of any kind — government or private sector — which caused the mess we’re in now. Wall Street cheated millions out of their savings and investments, and cheated states out of their retirement funds. And it is exactly Wall Street that the conservatives have protected every step of the way.

MAKE WALL STREET PAY.

Weekend Reading List

Sunday, March 13th, 2011

For this weekend’s somewhat late reading list, we have articles about the role of the Koch Brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in stopping Congress from addressing climate change, an anti-regulatory power grab and a proposed 50% cut in state funding to public universities by Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor,  how conservatives lied and schemed to launch their attack on public employees and their unions in Wisconsin, and a letter from a Wisconsin teacher to Gov. Walker about that attack.

If you have any feedback on these articles, or suggestions for next weekend’s reading list, please let us know at Winning Progressive’s Facebook page.

Why Doesn’t Congress Give a Damn About Climate?  Hint It’s Not the Messaging - Bill McKibben’s essay at Grist.org arguing that Congress is failing to act on climate change not because of a problem with environmentalists’ messaging, but instead because the environmentalist message is being overwhelmed by money from the Koch Brothers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce

PA Governor Gives Energy Executive Supreme Authority Over Environmental Permitting - a ProPublica report on how Pennsylvania’s Republican Governor Tom Corbett has given C. Alan Walker, the new head of the Department of Community and Economic Development, carte blanche authority to expedite the issuance of any permit application pending in any agency in the state.  Mr. Walker is the owner of a coal mining company, has ownership interests in trucking and oil and gas companies, and donated $184,000 to Gov. Corbett’s campaign.

In Pennsylvania, Campus Leaders Prepare to Trim Budgets as They Fight Governor’s Proposed Cuts – an article from Jeffrey Selingo at the Chronicle of Higher Education about how Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett has proposed a 50% cut in state funding to public colleges and universities.  At the same time, Gov. Corbett is refusing to tax the rapidly growing Marcellus Shale natural gas industry in the state.

A Blueprint for a Takeover: Wisconsin Republicans Lied While the Kochs Schemed – A report by Abe Sauer at The Awl about how Republican candidates in Wisconsin lied to voters about their support for collective bargaining even while conservatives were scheming with the Koch Brothers to launch an attack on collective bargaining.

The Letter That Started It All – a letter from Wisconsin teacher Eric Brehm to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker about Walker’s attack on public employees and their unions.  Public response to the letter helped lead Mr. Brehm to start the new blog Bang the Buckets, which is aimed at helping make sure that we keep “banging on buckets” so that our elected officials respond to the will of the people, not the will of rich donors.

We’re Winning The Battle – Let’s Keep on Fighting For Public Employees and Their Unions

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

After more than a week of protests in Wisconsin, Ohio, and throughout the country, the tide appears to be turning against the attacks of Governor Walker, Governor Kasich, and the Koch Brothers on public employees and their unions.  In a poll released today, 61% of Americans oppose restricting or eliminating the right of public employees to collectively bargain over wages, benefits, and working conditions, as the Republicans are seeking to do.   More and more Democratic Governors across the country – including Mark Dayton in Minnesota, Deval Patrick in Massachusetts, Dannell Malloy in Connecticut, are coming out strongly in favor of the right of public employees to collectively bargain.  And Republicans in Ohio are already weakening their anti-union legislation, SB 5.

Let’s keep up the momentum by continuing to make our voices heard at rallies, in letters to newspaper editors, and in calls to our Governors and state legislators.

Below is a list of ways to take action.  Please let us know at the Winning Progressive Facebook Page if you know of rallies, etc. to add to this list.

NATIONWIDE – STATE CAPITOLS IN EVERY STATE

On Saturday, February 26 at noon, MoveOn and other progressive organizations are holding rallies in solidarity with public employees and their unions in front of every state capitol in the country.   These rallies are going to be used to launch an organized national effort to Rebuild the American Dream.  Please attend the rally in your state if you can, and also share the information with your friends, family, and neighbors.

WISCONSIN

*Donate to help provide food and supplies for the protesters in Madison

* Call, e-mail, or visit your state legislator – contact information available here

* Contact Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – contact information available here

* Write a letter to your local newspaper - links available here

* Sign up to help Organizing for America’s Wisconsin chapter organize supporters of public employees and their unions

* Attend a rally:

Wisconsin – Throughout the State

Here is a list of rallies occurring in Green Bay, Milwaukee, Stevens Point, Manitowoc, Wausau, Eau Claire, Fond du Lac, Oshkosh, and numerous other communities throughout the state over the next five days

OHIO

Senate Bill 5 would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in the state

* Contact Ohio state legislators

* Contact Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links to newspapers available here

* Attend a rally:

Ohio – Elyria

Thursday, February 24 – noon

Downtown Elyria on the Square – 131 Court St.

Ohio – Lancaster

Saturday, February 26 – 8:30 – 10 a.m.

Corner of Main and Broad, across the street from City Hall

INDIANA

A string of bills targeting public employees, including limits on teachers’ ability to collectively bargain and a permanent ban on the ability of future governors to allow for collective bargaining with state employees.

* Contact Indiana state legislators

* Contact Governor Mitch Daniels – 317-232-4567

MINNESOTA

Legislation is pending that would eliminate vital portions of the state’s Public Employment Labor Relations Act, and freeze wages of state employees

* Contact Minnesota state legislators

* Contact Governor Mark Dayton – 651-201-3400 – thank him for coming out in strong support of public employees and their unions!

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

* Attend a rally:

Minnesota – Duluth

Thursday, February 24 – noon – 1 p.m.

Duluth City Hall

COLORADO

Legislation to reverse former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter’s executive order allowing collective bargaining has been stopped so far.  Ultimately, however, the issue is expected to come down to how hard new Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is willing to fight for public employees and their unions.

* Contact Colorado state legislators

* Contact Governor John Hickenlooper – (303) 866-2471

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

OTHER STATES

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor -

Here are links for submitting letters to the editor for national papers, and to newspapers in Connecticut, DelawareIllinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

* Contact your state legislators and Governors

* Attend a rally:

Arizona – Tucson

Friday, February 25 – 5 p.m.

University of Arizona – on the Mall

Florida – Orlando

Thursday, February 24 – 6:30 p.m.

In front of the University of Central Florida

Illinois – Peoria

Thursday, February 24 – 5 p.m.

Peoria County Courthouse – 324 Main Street

New Jersey – Trenton

Friday, February 25 – noon – 3 p.m.

Statehouse – 125 W. State Street

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Thursday, February 24 – 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Tom Paine Plaza – Across from City Hall

Pennsylvania – Pittsburgh

Thursday, February 24 – noon

USW Building – 60 Blvd of the Allies

If you plan to attend or if you have questions, please call Catherine at 412-456-2985

Texas – Corpus Christi

Friday, February 25 – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Corner of S.P.I.D. and Staples Street

Washington State – Spokane

Friday, February 25 – 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Corner of Ruby, Division and North River Drive in front of Wendy’s Restaurant

We Stand Together or We Fall Together

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

This video from the Wisconsin AFL-CIO states perfectly the belief that motivates the union movement and progressivism – We Stand Together, or We Fall Together.   Now is the time for us progressives to continue to stand up and continue to fight for our union sisters and brothers in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana, and other states that are under attack by conservatives who are doing the bidding of the Koch Brothers and other billionaires.

On Tuesday, more than 5,000 people showed up in Ohio to protest SB 5, Governors Mark Dayton in Minnesota and Deval Patrick in Massachusetts came out with strong statements in support of public employees and their unions, and hundreds of people showed up at solidarity rallies in Boston, Providence (Rhode Island), Juneau (Alaska), and everywhere in between.  We are winning the battle on this issue, but need to keep on making our voices heard through letters to the editor, calls to our Governors and legislators, and attending rallies that are continuing through this week.

Please let us know at the Winning Progressive Facebook Page if you know of rallies, etc. to add to this list.

WISCONSIN

*Donate to help provide food and supplies for the protesters in Madison

* Call, e-mail, or visit your state legislator – contact information available here

* Contact Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – contact information available here

* Write a letter to your local newspaper - links available here

* Sign up to help Organizing for America’s Wisconsin chapter organize supporters of public employees and their unions

* Attend a rally:

Wisconsin – Throughout the State

Here is a list of rallies occurring throughout the state during this week.

OHIO

Senate Bill 5 would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in the state

* Contact Ohio state legislators

* Contact Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links to newspapers available here

* Attend a rally:

Ohio – Columbus

Rally for workers w/Jesse Jackson

Wednesday, February 23 – 11:00 a.m.

Teamsters Hall – 555 E. Rich St.

For more info, contact 614-441-9145 or brian@progressohio.org

INDIANA

A string of bills targeting public employees, including limits on teachers’ ability to collectively bargain and a permanent ban on the ability of future governors to allow for collective bargaining with state employees.

* Contact Indiana state legislators

* Contact Governor Mitch Daniels – 317-232-4567

MINNESOTA

Legislation is pending that would eliminate vital portions of the state’s Public Employment Labor Relations Act, and freeze wages of state employees

* Contact Minnesota state legislators

* Contact Governor Mark Dayton – 651-201-3400 – thank him for coming out in strong support of public employees and their unions!

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

* Attend a rally:

Minnesota – Duluth

Thursday, February 24 – noon – 1 p.m.

Duluth City Hall

COLORADO

Legislation to reverse former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter’s executive order allowing collective bargaining has been stopped so far.  Ultimately, however, the issue is expected to come down to how hard new Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is willing to fight for public employees and their unions.

* Contact Colorado state legislators

* Contact Governor John Hickenlooper – (303) 866-2471

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

OTHER STATES

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor -

Here are links for submitting letters to the editor for national papers, and to newspapers in Connecticut, DelawareIllinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

* Contact your state legislators and Governors

* Attend a rally:

Arkansas – Little Rock

Wednesday, February 23 – 11:30 a.m.

State Capitol Building – 425 W. Capitol Ave.

Connecticut – Hartford

Wednesday, February 23 – noon

West Steps of State Capitol Building – 210 Capitol Ave.

Georgia – Atlanta

Wednesday, February 23 – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

State Capitol Building – 206 Washington St.

New Jersey – Trenton

Friday, February 25 – noon – 3 p.m.

Statehouse – 125 W. State Street

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Thursday, February 24 – 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Tom Paine Plaza – Across from City Hall

Pennsylvania – Scranton

Wednesday, February 23 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Lackawanna Court House – 200 Adams Ave.

Washington D.C.

Wednesday, February 23 – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

444 N. Capitol Street NW (between Louisiana and E Streets)

There will also be a feeder march starting in DuPont Circle at 11:30 a.m.

Updated Guide to Supporting Workers and Their Unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Throughout the Country

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Monday saw the seventh straight day of protests by thousands of people opposed to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attempt to destroy public employee unions in that state.  Also on Monday, solidarity rallies attended by hundreds to thousands of people were held in Indianapolis, Olympia (Washington), Helena (Montana), Las Vegas, Carson City (Nevada), Raleigh (North Carolina), Salem (Oregon), Charleston (West Virginia), and elsewhere throughout the country.  This impressive show of force by progressives in support of public employees and their unions will continue throughout the week and beyond.

It is critical that all of us progressives get involved in fighting back against the conservative assault in Wisconsin, Ohio, and other states on one of the primary backbones of the progressive movement.  We can do so by attending rallies, writing letters to newspaper editors, and contacting our state elected officials to express our support for public employees and their unions.

Below is a list of rallies and links for raising your voice on this critical issue.  Please let us know at the Winning Progressive Facebook Page if you know of rallies, etc. to add to this list.


WISCONSIN

*Donate to help provide food and supplies for the protesters in Madison

* Call, e-mail, or visit your state legislator – contact information available here

* Contact Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – contact information available here

* Write a letter to your local newspaper - links available here

* Sign up to help Organizing for America’s Wisconsin chapter organize supporters of public employees and their unions

* Attend a rally:

Wisconsin – Throughout the State

Here is a list of rallies occurring in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau, Elkhorn, and West Bend during this week.

Wisconsin – Madison

Tuesday, February 22 – Noon and 5 p.m.

State Capitol

click here for a schedule of bus rides to the Madison rally from many locations throughout the state

OHIO

Senate Bill 5 would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in the state

* Contact Ohio state legislators

* Contact Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links to newspapers available here

* Attend a rally:

Ohio – Canton

Tuesday, February 22 – 5:00 p.m.

Canton Memorial Civic Center  – 1101 Market Ave N

Ohio – Columbus

Tuesday, February 22 – 1:00 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse (1 Capitol Square)

Click here for a schedule of buses to the rally departing from Akron, Cleveland, Canton, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, and Youngstown

If you live near Sandusky, meet in the UAW Local 913 parking lot at 10 a.m.

Ohio – Columbus

Rally for workers w/Jesse Jackson

Wednesday, February 23 – 11:00 a.m.

Teamsters Hall – 555 E. Rich St.

For more info, contact 614-441-9145 or brian@progressohio.org

Ohio – Sandusky

Tuesday, February 22 – 4 p.m.

Washington Park gazebo in downtown

INDIANA

A string of bills targeting public employees, including limits on teachers’ ability to collectively bargain and a permanent ban on the ability of future governors to allow for collective bargaining with state employees.

* Contact Indiana state legislators

* Contact Governor Mitch Daniels – 317-232-4567

MINNESOTA

Legislation is pending that would eliminate vital portions of the state’s Public Employment Labor Relations Act, and freeze wages of state employees

* Contact Minnesota state legislators

* Contact Governor Mark Dayton – 651-201-3400

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

* Attend a rally:

Minnesota – Duluth

Thursday, February 24 – noon – 1 p.m.

Duluth City Hall

Minnesota – St. Paul

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

State Capitol

COLORADO

Legislation to reverse former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter’s executive order allowing collective bargaining has been stopped so far.  Ultimately, however, the issue is expected to come down to how hard new Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is willing to fight for public employees and their unions.

* Contact Colorado state legislators

* Contact Governor John Hickenlooper – (303) 866-2471

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

* Attend a rally:

Colorado – Denver

Tuesday, February 22 – noon-1pm

West Steps of the State Capitol

Colorado – Colorado Springs

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

City Hall – 107 N. Nevada Ave.


OTHER STATES

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor -

Here are links for submitting letters to the editor for national papers, and to newspapers in Connecticut, DelawareIllinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

* Contact your state legislators and Governors

* Attend a rally:

Arizona – Phoenix

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

State Capitol

call the AZ AFSCME office to confirm your attendance at 602-252-6501

Arkansas – Little Rock

Wednesday, February 23 – 11:30 a.m.

State Capitol Building – 425 W. Capitol Ave.

California – Marin County

Tuesday, Feb. 22 – 5:30pm

Plaza on 4th Street in San Rafael

Connecticut – Hartford

Wednesday, February 23 – noon

West Steps of State Capitol Building – 210 Capitol Ave.

Georgia – Atlanta

Wednesday, February 23 – 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

State Capitol Building – 206 Washington St.

Iowa – Des Moines

Tuesday, February 22 – 1:00 p.m.
West Steps of the Iowa State Capitol

Maryland – Annapolis

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

Maryland State House – Lawyers’ Mall – 100 State Circle

Maryland – Baltimore

Massachusetts – Boston

Tuesday, February 22 – 4-6pm

State House

For more information call 617-524-8778

Massachusetts – Springfield

Tuesday, February 22 – 4-6pm

City Hall

Michigan – Lansing

Tuesday February 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Meet at Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol (Corner of Ottawa & Capitol)

New Jersey – Trenton

Friday, February 25 – noon – 3 p.m.

Statehouse – 125 W. State Street

New Mexico – Santa Fe

Tuesday, February 22 – 12:15 p.m.

East Side of the Roundhouse

New York – New York

Tuesday, February 22 – 5 p.m.

Outside Fox “News” studios – 1211 6th Ave (6th Ave and 48th St.)

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Thursday, February 24 – 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Tom Paine Plaza – Across from City Hall

Pennsylvania – Scranton

Wednesday, February 23 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Lackawanna Court House – 200 Adams Ave.

Rhode Island – Providence

Tuesday February 22 – 4:30 pm

State House

For more information call 401-338-1665

Vermont – Montpelier

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

Steps of the Statehouse

Washington D.C.

Wednesday, February 23 – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

444 N. Capitol Street NW (between Louisiana and E Streets)

There will also be a feeder march starting in DuPont Circle at 11:30 a.m.

Guide to Supporting Public Employees and Their Unions in Wisconsin and Beyond

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

The video above (h/t to Dorothy Rissman, a commenter at The People’s View) is of firefighters entering the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison to join the tens of thousands of people who have been rallying in support of public employees and their unions.  As we’ve discussed previously, conservatives have launched a nationwide attack on public employees and their unions, primarily as a way to undermine one of the main organized sources of support for the progressive movement.

Now is the time for all of us progressives to get involved in fighting back against this conservative assault on one of the primary backbones of the progressive movement.  We can do so by attending rallies, writing letters to newspaper editors, and contacting our state elected officials to express our support for public employees and their unions.

Below is a list of rallies and links for raising your voice on this critical issue.  Please let us know at the Winning Progressive Facebook Page if you know of rallies, etc. to add to this list.


WISCONSIN

* Call, e-mail, or visit your state legislator – contact information available here

* Contact Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker – contact information available here

* Write a letter to your local newspaper - links available here

* Sign up to help Organizing for America’s Wisconsin chapter organize supporters of public employees and their unions

* Attend a rally:

Wisconsin – Throughout the State

Here is a list of rallies occurring throughout Wisconsin on Monday and Tuesday

Wisconsin – Racine

Monday, February 21 – 3:30-5:30 p.m.

Racine Labor Center, 2100 Layard Ave

(262) 770-5098 or e-mail: RacineLabor@gmail.com

Wisconsin – Madison

Monday, February 21 and Tuesday, February 22 – Noon and 5 p.m.

State Capitol

If you live elsewhere in Wisconsin and need a bus ride to the Madison rallies, click here

OHIO

Senate Bill 5 would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in the state

* Contact Ohio state legislators

* Contact Governor John Kasich – (614) 466-3555

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links to newspapers available here

* Attend a rally:

Ohio – Canton

Tuesday, February 22 – 5:00 p.m.

Canton Memorial Civic Center  – 1101 Market Ave N

Ohio – Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati Students Rally Against SB5:

Monday, February 21st at 3PM

McMicken Commons

Ohio – Columbus

Monday, February 21 – 11 a.m.

President’s Day Rally at the Statehouse

Ohio – Columbus

Tuesday, February 22 – 1:00 p.m.

Ohio Statehouse (1 Capitol Square)

Click here for a schedule of buses to the rally departing from Akron, Cleveland, Canton, Cincinnati, Toledo, Dayton, and Youngstown

If you live near Sandusky, meet in the UAW Local 913 parking lot at 10 a.m.

Ohio – Columbus

Rally for workers w/Jesse Jackson

Wednesday, February 23 – 11:00 a.m.

Teamsters Hall – 555 E. Rich St.

For more info, contact 614-441-9145 or brian@progressohio.org

Ohio – Dayton

Monday, February 21 – 9:15 a.m.

Dayton Convention Center downtown

Ohio – Sandusky

Tuesday, February 22 – 4 p.m.

Washington Park gazebo in downtown

INDIANA

A string of bills targeting public employees, including limits on teachers’ ability to collectively bargain and a permanent ban on the ability of future governors to allow for collective bargaining with state employees.

* Contact Indiana state legislators

* Contact Governor Mitch Daniels – 317-232-4567

* Attend a rally:

Indiana – Indianapolis

Monday, February 21 at 9am

Statehouse – Room 156A

Questions? Call Allison at 317-450-4019

MINNESOTA

Legislation is pending that would eliminate vital portions of the state’s Public Employment Labor Relations Act, and freeze wages of state employees

* Contact Minnesota state legislators

* Contact Governor Mark Dayton – 651-201-3400

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

* Attend a rally:

Minnesota – St. Paul

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 – 4:00pm – 5:00pm

State Capitol

COLORADO

Legislation to reverse former Democratic Governor Bill Ritter’s executive order allowing collective bargaining has been stopped so far.  Ultimately, however, the issue is expected to come down to how hard new Democratic Governor John Hickenlooper is willing to fight for public employees and their unions.

* Contact Colorado state legislators

* Contact Governor John Hickenlooper – (303) 866-2471

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor – links available here

* Attend a rally:

Colorado – Denver

Tuesday, February 22 – noon-1pm

West Steps of the State Capitol


OTHER STATES

* Write a letter to your local newspaper editor -

Here are links for submitting letters to the editor for national papers, and to newspapers in Connecticut, DelawareIllinois, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont.

* Contact your state legislators and Governors

* Attend a rally:

Arizona – Phoenix

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

State Capitol

         call the AZ AFSCME office to confirm your attendance at 602-252-6501

Arkansas – Little Rock

Wednesday, February 23 – 11:30 a.m.

State Capitol Building – 425 W. Capitol Ave.

Connecticut – Hartford

Wednesday, February 23 – noon

West Steps of State Capitol Building – 210 Capitol Ave.

Iowa – Des Moines

Tuesday, February 22 – 1:00 p.m.
West Steps of the Iowa State Capitol

Maryland – Annapolis

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

Maryland State House – Lawyers’ Mall – 100 State Circle

Massachusetts – Boston

Tuesday, February 22 – 4-6pm

State House

For more information call 617-524-8778

Massachusetts – Springfield

Tuesday, February 22 – 4-6pm

City Hall

Michigan – Lansing

Tuesday February 22, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Meet at Central United Methodist Church 215 N. Capitol (Corner of Ottawa & Capitol)

Montana – Helena

Monday, February 21 – 2 p.m.

Montana State Capitol – 1301 E. 6th Ave.

Nevada – Carson City

Monday, February 21 – noon

Front steps of Legislative Building – 401 S. Carson St.

Nevada – Las Vegas

Monday, February 21 – noon

Grant Sawyer Building, 555 E. Washington Ave.

New Jersey – Trenton

Friday, February 25 – noon – 3 p.m.

Statehouse – 125 W. State Street

New Mexico – Santa Fe

Tuesday, February 22 – 12:15 p.m.

East Side of the Roundhouse

New York – New York

Tuesday, February 22 – 5 p.m.

Outside Fox “News” studios – 1211 6th Ave (6th Ave and 48th St.) 

North Carolina – Raleigh

Monday, February 21 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

State Capitol – 1 East Edenton St.

Oregon – Salem

Monday, February 21 – noon

State Capitol – 900 Court St. NE

Pennsylvania – Philadelphia

Thursday, February 24 – 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Tom Paine Plaza – Across from City Hall

Pennsylvania – Scranton

Wednesday, February 23 · 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Lackawanna Court House – 200 Adams Ave.

Rhode Island – Providence

Tuesday February 22 – 4:30 pm

State House

For more information call 401-338-1665

Vermont – Montpelier

Tuesday, February 22 – noon

Steps of the Statehouse

Washington D.C.

Wednesday, February 23 – 12:30-1:30 p.m.

          444 N. Capitol Street NW (between Louisiana and E Streets)

There will also be a feeder march starting in DuPont Circle at 11:30 a.m.

Washington State- Olympia

Monday, February 21 – noon-1p.m.
Capitol Steps in Olympia
Driving directions and parking information: http://www.ga.wa.gov/visitor/direction-park.htm

West Virginia – Charleston

Monday, February 21 – 10am

Lower Rotunda of the Capitol