WASHINGTON-- America's Agenda, a bipartisan health care reform advocate, expressed solidarity with workers in Wisconsin, Ohio, and nine other states where proposed legislation has threatened collective bargaining rights.
"Collective bargaining has raised the standard of health care coverage for all working people in ways no other tool can, said America's Agenda President Doug Dority. ."All Americans have benefitted from the meaningful voice collective bargaining gives workers in dialogue with their employers about important financial issues like fair pay, affordable health care, and a dignified retirement."
Dority was joined by America's Agenda Executive Director Mark Blum, who stated, "Wisconsin unions have agreed to a framework for resolving the state's fiscal issues, but reaching agreements the Governor has demanded on health care and pension contributions just isn't enough for Governor Walker. He's off on a different crusade: to strip away employee rights to participate meaningfully in a dialogue, now or in the future.
"Governor Walker is out of the mainstream on this, as demonstrated by a recent Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research poll showing that 74% of Wisconsin voters oppose his attempt to strip away public employees' bargaining rights.
"Every state is facing fiscal problems as a result of this recession, but we're seeing a growing number of Governors of both parties disavow the kind of opportunistic attack on state employees that Governor Walker is trying to force on Wisconsin."
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