MADISON, Wis., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- A broad coalition of public and private union members and community supporters will take the next step in the battle against Gov. Walker's cuts on working families and students Thursday with a New Orleans-style jazz funeral procession, rally, and press conference in Madison.
Jazz Funeral Procession, Rally, Press Conference
Thursday, March 3
Procession Begins, 5 p.m., from the Library Mall to the Capitol
Rally, Press Conference, 5:30 p.m., State Street Side, Capitol
The jazz funeral procession, which will go from the Library Mall up State Street to the Capitol, will symbolize the draconian proposals by Gov. Walker, the effects on working people, education, and safety net programs in Wisconsin, and efforts to blame workers and unions for a crisis created by Wall Street and handouts to big corporations.
Gov. Walker continued that effort with his latest budget proposal, which offers tens of millions in new tax breaks for big corporations, on top of Walker's $117 million handout to corporations in January, while shredding education and social programs, and continuing his assault on collective bargaining rights.
Speakers at the press conference are expected to say it is time to end the concessions, make Wisconsin corporations pay their fair share, and stop balancing the budget on the backs of Wisconsin working families, students and the poor.
Event endorsers will include Madison Teachers Incorporated, National Nurses United, the Kill the Bill Coalition, and leaders and members of the South Central Federation of Labor, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, American Federation of Teachers, the Building Trades Council of South Central Wisconsin, Sheet Metal Workers, Teamsters, Dane County Courthouse Employees, SEIU 1199WI, IBEW, and others.
"It is time for Wisconsin legislators and officials in other states to stop trying to balance budgets on the backs of working families and the poor, and fix fiscal problems by requiring corporations to pay their fair share in taxes," said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of the 160,000-member National Nurses United.
SOURCE National Nurses United