March 8, 2011

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UUP backs Wisconsin public workers


Nearly a dozen UUPers joined more than 400 union members from several central New York unions at the closed Syracuse China factory in Lyncourt to oppose Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s push to crush state-employee unions.

Oswego Chapter member Michael Nehring, who is from Wisconsin, brought his children and a large University of Wisconsin flag to the March 3 event. New York State United Teachers, CSEA, the Oswego City Teachers Association and the Central New York Labor-Religion Coalition were among the groups represented at the event.

“We support our sisters and brothers in Wisconsin and we want them to know that we’re in this fight with them,” said Smith.

The cheering crowd waved signs and shouted slogans such as “We are Wisconsin,” “Take back the power” and “Tax the wealthy” at the rally.

UUP leaders have participated in several solidarity rallies for Wisconsin since Feb. 11, when Walker unveiled his state budget repair bill, which would strip collective bargaining rights for most public employees.

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