Contribute to preserve collective bargaining
By International President Mike Futhey
In state after state, anti-union right-wing extremists are targeting labor unions for destruction.
It started with public-employee unions, but that’s not the end game. The end game is destruction of all labor unions in America.
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Extremist U.S. Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker have advocated the destruction of labor unions and the defeat of labor-friendly lawmakers.
And the Financial Times quoted an extremist as wanting to eliminate Railroad Retirement.
Today’s battle targets public employees; but if the extremists succeed, airline, bus and railroad unions are next.
The attacks on public-employee collective bargaining rights have nothing to do with state finances. Public employee unions already agreed to concessions.
The extremists’ agenda is the destruction of labor. Period.
The Wisconsin legislation, revoking collective bargaining rights, also cancels collection of union dues from paychecks, imposing on unions huge new costs to collect dues — costs intended to break unions financially. And it requires annual representation elections — another huge cost aimed at destroying organized labor.
Right-wing extremists are terrified by our boots-on-the-ground and knock-on-the-doors activism that helps elect labor-friendly lawmakers from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
By destroying labor unions, right-wing extremists will control legislatures and Congress, with an expectation of imposing lower wages and fewer benefits on working families, while further increasing corporate profits and tax breaks for the most wealthy.
Brothers and sisters, a line has been drawn in the sand from which organized labor and the middle class cannot retreat. If we lose this battle, working families will be destroyed.
With approval of our state legislative directors and general chairpersons, we have created the UTU Collective Bargaining Defense Fund to take this fight to those seeking to destroy workplace democracy.
The UTU Board of Directors has approved an expenditure of $150,000 from our Education Fund to begin this effort.
More is needed for demonstrations, signs, bumper stickers, T-shirts with slogans, and other activities to increase public support for preserving workplace democracy and the union movement in America.
We ask each local, general committee, state legislative board and individual members to step up to the plate and contribute to the UTU Collective Bargaining Defense Fund.
The UTU Collective Bargaining Defense Fund will be limited to financing efforts to raise public awareness and support for workplace democracy.
As Benjamin Franklin warned, “We must all hang together or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
Please make your contribution today by writing a check to the UTU Collective Bargaining Defense Fund and sending it to:
UTU Collective Bargaining Defense Fund
United Transportation Union
24950 Country Club Blvd.
North Olmsted, OH 44070-5333
Brothers and sisters, if you believe in something strong enough, you fight for it.
Right-wing extremists don’t get to decide if we’re a union. We get to decide.
Together, in solidarity, we can and will win this fight and emerge stronger than ever.