A Look at Public Worker Rallies Around the Country
NEA President Dennis Van Roekel and NEA leaders rally Friday in Portland, Ore., in solidarity with their colleagues in Wisconsin. Photo: Jim Hristakos
In Wisconsin, WEAC has stood firm for collective bargaining, while agreeing to the changes proposed by Governor Walker and offering to meet with him. Demonstrations are continuing throughout the week. For recent articles on the crisis in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin state page here on Education Votes.
Rallies continue throughout the state. Local events are planned for Green Bay, Eau Claire, Appleton, Oshkosh, Waupaca, Elkhorn, Milwaukee, Platteville, Racine and Kenosha. For a full schedule of events continuing throughout the week, click here. On Saturday, March 19, Iraq Veterans Against the War will be sponsoring a veterans’ march on the Capitol in Madison. For more information on this event, visit the IVAW site here, or to RSVP directly for the event, visit the rally page on facebook.
While the nation seems to have its eyes and ears on Wisconsin, attacks are happening all across the country. In Indiana, ISTA held a press conference Tuesday, February 22nd. Through ads and media relations, ISTA is taking to the airwaves and putting the voice of their members into the media this week. NEA Vice President Lily Eskelsen visited Indianapolis to speak at the rally.
The Indiana State Teachers Association is held a rally on Saturday, March 5. The rally took place at the Indiana Statehouse, West side steps, in Indianapolis. For more information, please click here.
The Maryland State Education Association held a “Keep the Promise” rally on March 14. More than 15,000 attended the event in Annapolis, MD and marched on the capitol to urge the General Assembly to reject devastating cuts to education and retirement security.
For the most up to date information on rallies and events planned throughout the state in Maryland, visit the MSEA webpage here. You can find more information and MSEA’s “Keep the Promise” campaign here.
Last Wednesday, nearly 5,000 educators in Ohio rallied with other public service employees to oppose Senate Bill 5—which is designed to repeal the state’s 27-year-old collective bargaining law. Several members also testified at a legislative hearing appealing to lawmakers to oppose SB5. Members turned out at the State Capitol to demonstrate their belief that in a tough economy, we must focus on the essentials and that nothing is more important than giving our children a quality education that prepares them for good jobs. Visit the Ohio state page here on Education Votes for the latest articles and information on Ohio.
Idaho educators are working with parents, students, and others in their community to defeat harmful education reform proposals pushed by Idaho’s Superintendent of Education Tom Luna. Luna introduced two pieces of legislation. The first provides every Idaho ninth grader with a laptop by increasing class sizes. A second would silence the voice of educators by restricting collective bargaining. Parents, students, and educators have bombarded Idaho legislators with calls and emails. Parents held a rally recently in front of the Capitol in Boise that was attended by more than 300 students and educators to protest increasing class sizes. For more information on the current status of these bills, click here.
Several Bills have been introduced to the 107th Tennessee General Assembly that attack public school teachers and labor. To assist in the effort to defeat these punitive bills, the Tennessee Education Association sponsored a march to Legislative Plaza in downtown Nashville on March 5. For more information on the march, click here. For more information on these bills attacking public education, and to send an email to your elected officials, visit the TEA legislative action page here.
The Michigan Education Association is holding a rally on Wednesday, March 15. The rally will take place at the State Capitol in Lansing. Lasting from noon until at least 6:00, events are scheduled for 2:00 and 4:00. The program is being sponsored by Working Michigan, a coalition of progressive and labor allies including AFL-CIO, AFT, UAW, SEIU and others.
A number of “education reform” and funding proposals have been introduced in the Florida legislature and many of them will harm the states educators and students. For more information on these bills, please visit the Florida Education Association’s Legislative Action Center.
Rallies are scheduled throughout February and March in various locations throughout Florida. For the most up-to-date schedule of events, visit FEA’s rally page.
CTA President David A. Sanchez and California educators from around the state joined public sector union employees and supporters at a “We Are One” candlelight vigil Tuesday evening on the West Steps of the Capitol in Sacramento as a show of solidarity for Wisconsin teachers and public employees whose collective bargaining rights are under attack. Click here for photos and videos from the event.
For more information and an up to date event calendar, visit the California Teacher Association’s homepage here.
Rally to Save the American Dream: Moveon.org and a number of union and non-union sponsors hosted rallies in all 50 states on Saturday, Feb. 26. To read our complete roundup of recent rallies, click here.
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