My hope, as a union activist and member of the Oregon Education Association Board of Directors, is that this move, this vote, this activism, is the beginning of a new story across the nation.
It is finally a time for celebration for the working class. Despite the fact that the republicans in Wisconsin tried everything in their power to usurp the special election Tuesday, union supporters took a stand and said, "Enough is Enough!" Wisconsin voters will be voting on August 9th to unseat those republican Senators who chose to ignore the rights of union members in their state. The message from the voters was clear: It is time to take our state back on behalf of all workers.
My hope, as a union activist and member of the Oregon Education Association Board of Directors, is that this move, this vote, this activism is the beginning of a new story across the nation. People are tired of corporations having more rights, more political power, and more support than those of us who believe in the rights of the middle class. I hope more disgraceful politicians understand that the middle class is the backbone of this country. I am optimistic that those who believe in equality will continue to hold those lawmakers responsible if they refuse to respect working folks.
Congratulations to the voters in Wisconsin. You have shown the nation and our lawmakers that the middle class is strong and will fight when you try to trample on our rights. I look forward to your celebration the night of August 9th.