NAACP Incensed Over Disregard for the Rights of Wisconsin’s Working FamiliesMarch 11, 2011
Calls for Reinstatement of Hard Fought Workers Rights
Today the NAACP issued the following statement in response to Governor Scott Walker’s signing of an anti-workers rights bill stripping public employees of their right to negotiate at work:
“The NAACP is incensed by Governor Walker’s signing of legislation that will unduly harm Wisconsin’s working families,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “Governor Walker’s complete disregard for the best interests of the hard working people of Wisconsin and his use of disingenuous metrics to balance the budget has resulted in this economically devastating bill. The legislation will cripple families across Wisconsin while undercutting workers rights. Governor Walker’s actions are bad for the State of Wisconsin, bad for Wisconsin families and set an economically devastating precedent for the rest of the country. In order to pull this country back together we need to put this nation back to work. This disastrous legislation does just the opposite.”
Jealous went on to say, “Not only will this legislation cripple the ability of public workers to represent themselves in negotiations with state government leadership, but the way in which it was passed demonstrates an unwillingness to act democratically. This perilous precedent set by Governor Walker should raise an alarm for all Americans. The NAACP will redouble our efforts to fight for the rights of American families, collective bargaining rights of workers. We will not stand for the utter neglect for the democratic process in Wisconsin or any other state.”
The measure has been met with massive protests across Wisconsin and throughout the country. In February, the NAACP passed a resolution supporting the right of public sector employment unions to engage in collective bargaining. The resolution can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/4nowc2b.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.