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General Strike In Wisconsin Being Planned If Union Busting Bill Passes

February 23, 2011

There is no doubt that a general strike will take place in Wisconsin, and needs to take place, if Governor Scott Walker and his fellow Republicans in the State Legislature pass a bill to remove collective bargaining for state and public employees.  

We can hope that matters are not forced into this direction, but if they come to the point where it is required, than the people of  Wisconsin will need to face their moment of making a real choice and a real difference.

Either we have convictions we live by and stand on, or they are mere words.  It is not enough to speak the words, they only mean something if you are ready to act on them and put your principles into action.

Therefore  I am proud that many understand the role they may need to play in our democracy.

A coordinating committee is being formed to contact European unions with experience conducting general strikes, and to begin educating and organizing unions, students and other groups, said Carl Aniel, labor federation delegate from AFSCME Local 171

“Schools come to a halt, construction sites come to a halt, our printing presses come to a halt, our state administration comes to halt — you can’t go the DMV anymore,” Schaeve said.

A coordinating committee is being formed to contact European unions with experience conducting general strikes, and to begin educating and organizing unions, students and other groups, said Carl Aniel, labor federation delegate from AFSCME Local 171

“It doesn’t mean that everyone is going to stop working on a particular moment or day,” Aniel said. “It means that we are preparing so that the decisions are made in a very significantly different way so that it protects the people of Wisconsin.”

The unions haven’t begun to map out a plan for what services would be shut down, he added.

“If it was decided the governor’s mansion really wasn’t that important and it wasn’t that important to heat it or give it electricity or to guard it, then those things wouldn’t happen,” Aniel said.

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