TO THE EDITOR:

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.

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