Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana - New York? Video of Rally at FOX News

    It won't be as drastic here, but it is coming. Attacks on just about everything union related using the opportunity of a financial crisis, real or imagined, to go after the working class. Of course our UFT/AFT  leaders have been telling us we're not part of the working class - we are a union of professionals. How's that working out? (When ICE's James Eterno suggested years ago that we ally with the Transit Workers and threaten a joint strike, he was laughed at.) Naomi Klein's Shock Doctrine
    pretty much laid out the plan.

    NYC Educator has a great post up today that nails a lot of what I would say - how great those younger guys can get up early and do the work for me: Wisconsin--Not the End Game
    Politicians like Walker indulge in Shock Doctrine. Walker not only took advantage of a crisis, but actually created it by initiating a tax break that caused the shortfall he claims, with a straight face, he must eliminate collective bargaining in order to close. He's also heavily financed by New York's Koch brothers, a fact even the staid New York Times editorial board arose from its slumber to note this morning.
    Yesterday I went into Manhattan to see a performance of the Jamaica HS and Queens Collegiate student play about the closing of the school and the disparate resources at an off-Broadway theater. The discussion afterwards was rich and revealing and I taped it all. A few blocks away, demonstrators were gathered in front of FOX News to show their support for Wisconsin - the Middle East in the Middle West - union members. I went over and caught the tail-end of the rally on video. I urge you to watch it - I cut it to less than 10 minutes. I went around asking if anyone had seen one of our UFT leaders around. Here's the you tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1iGVkTUMZc




    Here are just a few quick links of many - check my blogroll for more (which as a reader of this blog is a MUST since I can't get all the info up here).

    GENERAL STRIKE!!! Will Wisconsin Have the 1st General Strike in Over 70 Years?

    Denver's Rally for Solidarity with Wisconsin Workers

    Three hundred California teachers are flying in Wednesday to join the embattled Wisconsin teachers and other public workers. This was in today's Wisconsin State Journal, reporting on the announcement from the Madison teachers union.

    There will be some kind of response from the "official" union leaders here in NYC on Thursday at noon. See below the fold for info.

    Media Advisory

    Ring City Hall!
    Wisconsin - New York -- One voice

    WHAT: Municipal Unions representing over 30,000 workers will rally at city
    Hall Park at 12 Noon to protest Mayor Bloomberg's anti-labor policies and
    in solidarity with workers in Wisconsin.

    WHERE: City Hall Park, corner of Chambers and Centre Street

    WHEN: Thursday, February 24th from 12 Noon to 2PM

    WHO: DC 37 Locals 375, 768, 154, 1549 and 1113 will be joined by other
    workers,
    including members of the TWU, UFT, and DC 1707.

    Hundreds of City workers will place a ring around City Hall to show that
    city government belongs to the people. Echoing attempts by Scott Walker in
    Wisconsin to end collective bargaining rights for public sector employees,
    New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is trying to get State legislation
    passed to gut the civil service merit system, changing hiring and firing
    from merit-based to patronage. New York City workers say enough! We're
    standing in defense of our rights and explaining to our fellow New Yorkers
    that our interests and their interests are the same.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Behrouz Fathi, President, Local 375
    212-815-1375
    Jon Forster, Secretary, Local 375
    917-539-4584

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