The Republican Governor and Legislature of Wisconsin have stripped the stateâ€™s Public Employees of their Union rights, but why should we care? They arenâ€™t our families that will lose their jobs, it isnâ€™t our children that will have 60 students in their class, and it isnâ€™t our safety that will be compromised. This wonâ€™t affect us right? WRONG!!!
AN INJURY TO ONE IS AN INJURY TO ALL: Any and every attack on Americaâ€™s Unions hurts all of our ability to win for our families. It was Unions that won us social security, a minimum wage, a 40hr workweek, weekends, an end to child labor, the Americanâ€™s with Disabilities Act, OSHA, and created the largest middle class in the history of Mankind. Anything that weakens Americaâ€™s Union Movementâ€™s ability to stand for a decent middleclass life strengthens the ability for the ultra-rich and Corporations to continue stealing our wealth and funnel it to themselves.
GUAMâ€™S FAMILIES RELY ON A STRONG U.S. UNION MOVEMENT: Many people donâ€™t realize that it was the AFL-CIOâ€™s and AFTâ€™s lobbying that got Guam included in President Obamaâ€™s Healthcare reform bill which meant 100s of Millions of Dollars to Guamâ€™s families. Many people donâ€™t know that the AFTâ€™s lobbying created DEED, Headstart, Esquelan Puengi, Summer school and millions of education dollars every year.
$12MILLION PER MONTH IN FOOD STAMPS? THANKS UNIONS!!!: There would never have been a food stamp (quest) without US unions. Without this money coming into our islandâ€™s economy every month, not only will thousands of families and children starve but our entire economy will self destruct. Crime will sky rocket, people that work at supermarkets will lose their jobs and Guamâ€™s public structure will lose millions of tax dollars which support education, health and safety for our families.
GFTâ€™S TEACHER CONTRACT HAS PROTECTED PUBLIC EDUCATION ON GUAM FOR OVER 40YEARS: Wisconsin teachers can no longer bargain class size or anything else that has to do with the quality of education for their children like Guamâ€™s teachers can. Only GFTâ€™s contract ensures that we have reasonable class sizes (28-1) where as they are projected to go up to 60 to 1 in WI, ID, MI and other states where collective bargaining rights are under attack. Only GFTâ€™s contract ensures that every school has a school nurse. Only GFTâ€™s contract ensures that, highly qualified, certified teachers are teaching our children. When any right-wing corporate attack on the collective bargaining right of Teachers succeeds, it gives confidence to others to attempt the same.