1:02 PM Eastern - Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Superbowl Champions Stand Up For Wisconsin Public Workers #workers-rights

In good times and bad, Wisconsin's public service employees and elected officials have worked together with the same goal: improving services for the people of Wisconsin.

But times have changed. Governor Walker has declared war on public employees, blaming state workers for the budget deficit only two months after he rejected $810 million in federal transportation funds.

This afternoon, current and former professional football players from Superbowl Champion the Green Bay Packers released a statement on Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's attacks on public workers.

From players Curtis Fuller, Chris Jackie, Charles Jordan, Bob Long, Steve Okoniewski, Brady Poppinga, Jason Spitz:

We know that it is team work on and off the field that makes the Packers and Wisconsin great. As a publicly owned team we wouldn't have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans.

It is the same dedication of our public workers every day that makes Wisconsin run. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. But now in an unprecedented political attack Governor Walker is trying to take away their right to have a voice and bargain at work.

The right to negotiate wages and benefits is a fundamental underpinning of our middle class. When workers join together it serves as a check on corporate power and helps ALL workers by raising community standards. Wisconsin's long standing tradition of allowing public sector workers to have a voice on the job has worked for the state since the 1930s. It has created greater consistency in the relationship between labor and management and a shared approach to public work.

These public workers are Wisconsin's champions every single day and we urge the Governor and the State Legislature to not take away their rights.

SEIU and community partners are lobbying against the state budget proposal that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for state employees at the Wisconsin state capitol today, February 15th and Wednesday, February 16th. Find out how you can join them.

Show your support by joining the new Facebook group: Protect Wisconsin Families.

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