Monday, February 21, 2011

WA 4 WI: Justice 4 Taxpayers Rally

This just in from Liberty Belle:
Union members make up a tiny fraction of the population. Make sure your voice is heard as loudly as theirs!
The Seattle Sons & Daughters of Liberty: A Seattle Action Network

WA 4 WI: Justice 4 Taxpayers Rally

SEIU had 2,500 union members in Olympia on Monday.
How many people will stand up for the rest of us?
Location
Olympia Capitol Grounds (Specific location TBA – Permit Pending)

When
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Message
Washington shares the same public sector union problem as Wisconsin.  We agree with the stand that Governor Walker is taking and want to see similar reforms take place here in Washington.  Our budget is in a comparable place – state pensions and union collective bargaining have got a stranglehold on our taxpayers.

Outright repeal of collective bargaining is a conversation that we should be having here in our state and there are other proposals that would shift the balance of power back where it belongs - into taxpayers’ hands.

Talking Points
  • This rally is not an attack on the individual public employees who are our friends, neighbors, and fellow taxpayers.  It is about the unhealthy relationship between union leaders and state lawmakers that is forcing our state into bankruptcy.
  • We condemn the labor policies where the State has given unbalanced power to one special interest group.
  • We need to see courageous leadership regarding this issue from our elected officials now, before the situation becomes much worse and there is a meltdown similar to what is currently taking place in Wisconsin.
 Get Involved!!!

Spread the Word! 

 Organize Carpools – Volunteers as the carpool coordinator for your region.  Simply emailcan@effwa.org with your name, city, and email address and we’ll post it to the Facebook event as the carpool coordinator for the area.

Make signs – We need to have signs that spread our message.  Please avoid any hateful or harmful language that will misconstrue to positive steps we are trying to take.

Sign Examples:
  • Taxpayers treated like 2nd class citizens
  • Stop leeching, start teaching
  • Even FDR opposed public unions 
  • Our kids can't afford your pensions anymore
  • Justice 4 Taxpayers: Reign in public unions
  • Hey public unions: You can't bully your way into a pay raise!
  • Stop public union bullies - Support Gov. Walker in WI
  • I can barely afford my rent, but my taxes are going up to pay for your pension!
The Freedom Foundation’s Labor Policy Recommendations:
  • Give workers a choice about union representation—no one should be forced to pay a union as a condition of employment.
  • Require unions to get permission from employees before using their mandatory dues for political purposes. No one should be forced to pay for another’s political views.
  • Prohibit the use of payroll deductions for union political contributions. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld this policy a few years ago.
  • Get the state out of the business of automatically collecting dues for the unions. If employees desire a union’s services, they’ll be willing to pay for it.
  • Require public employee unions to disclose financial information to their members. Disclosure helps deter waste and corruption. 
  • Open collective bargaining sessions to the public under the state’s sunshine laws. This would give lawmakers, union members, and taxpayers more information about the process.   
  • Make it easier for workers to get rid of their union by holding union re-elections every several years. 
  • Prohibit the use of public resources for the union’s collective bargaining costs.

I hope to see you ALL there! Please pass this on to everyone you know. And if you can, please consider taking a half day off of work, or bring your kids, or do whatever you have to do to get there so that the world will know that We The People will stand for intimidation and bullying no more!

In Liberty,

Liberty Belle

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Unlikely at this point that I'll be able to get time off to go down to Oly, unfortunately.

1 comment:

DirtCrashr said...

Who are they Unionized against? The taxpayers.