STATE – The New Jersey State AFL-CIO is planning a rally at the Trenton State House on Friday to show support for Wisconsin workers.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is attempting to eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees.
Some Wisconsin workers will join New Jersey labor leaders Charles Wowkanech, New Jersey State AFL-CIO president, and Laurel Brennan, New Jersey State AFL-CIO secretary treasurer and National AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at the event.
“At this rally, we will stand shoulder to shoulder in solidarity and speak out against the attacks on working families and assaults on collective bargaining rights which are taking place in Wisconsin and other states around the country,” said Wowkanech in a statement. “We will also send a message to Gov. Christie that he bargain in good faith and not balance the budget on the backs of middle class families.”
The rally is planned for noon on Friday, Feb. 25 at the New Jersey State House, 125 West State Street in Trenton.
Conservative group Americans for Prosperity is planning a counter-protest at noon.
“States like New Jersey and Wisconsin are broke and the state worker unions are largely to blame,” said AFP-NJ state director Steve Lonegan. “The rank and file union members have salaries better than people in the private sector. They enjoy lavish pensions and benefits that are bankrupting our state and that the taxpayers of New Jersey can no longer afford.”
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