Monday, April 11, 2011

(Dc Labor)

Picketlines and rallies by government workers in DC and across the country today were called off after Friday nights last-minute budget deal averted a threatened shutdown of the government. This was just Round 1, warned AFGE Political Director Bob Nicklas. Bigger fights are ahead over the 2012 budget, the Deficit Commission and the debt ceiling. In addition, Nicklas said, Congressman Jim DeMint (R-SC) has introduced legislation to strip federal workers of their collective bargaining rights. " From Capitol Hill to Wisconsin and states across the country the fight is the same, Nicklas told Union City, anti-government, anti worker politicians have declared war on the middle class, their wages, benefits and the critical services they count on every day. We're fighting back and we are going to fight back even harder in the days and months ahead. 

AFSCME Council 26 Executive Director Carl Goldman agreed, saying Im worried that the budget deal will have a negative effect on federal programs and federal workers' job security, and adding that I am also angry that closing corporate loopholes and raising taxes on millionaires and billionaires wasn't ever seriously considered in the budget talks." Goldman told Union City that he plans to keep the We Want To Work For You t-shirts Council 26 ordered handy; This was a dry run and we may yet need them.


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