I am writing regarding Governor Walker’s attempt to strip our public servants of their right to bargain for a contract.

The right to collectively bargain is internationally recognized as a basic human right, a right that people have fought and died for, yet Governor Walker and our Republican state legislature would rob our civil servants of this freedom.

How un-American! This is not about balancing the budget; this is not about overpaid public workers, this is part of a corporate-backed, nationwide attack on America’s labor unions. Unions ensure fair wages, benefits, and working conditions for both their public and private sector members. ...

Th[e] corporate mind sees all protections for workers as nothing more than an annoying cut into their profits.

Big business would like to turn back the clock to a time when they could pay poverty wages and treat the workers any way they wanted to. In order to achieve their aim, they must weaken our unions....

— Derk Lesniak

529 Jackson St.

To read the entire letter, see the Feb. 24, 2011 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

Recommended for you

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Thank you for taking part in our commenting section. We want this platform to be a safe and inclusive community where you can freely share ideas and opinions. Comments that are racist, hateful, sexist or attack others won’t be allowed. Just keep it clean. Do these things or you could be banned:

• Don’t name-call and attack other commenters. If you’d be in hot water for saying it in public, then don’t say it here.

• Don’t spam us.

• Don’t attack our journalists.

Let’s make this a platform that is educational, enjoyable and insightful.

Email questions to