Sit-In in Indiana, Huge Protest in Ohio, and more!
Central Indiana JwJ organized a sit-in at the Statehouse today to protest the Right to Work bill that passed out of committee yesterday. The sit-in was suspended when word came that Democrats had left the Statehouse in order to block the bill was moving forward.
Meanwhile, the Indianapolis Star reports that Republican Gov. Mitch Daniels "signaled this afternoon that Republicans should drop the right-to-work bill that has brought the Indiana House to a standstill for two days and imperiled other measures." Mitch isn't the only Governor who's worried about the people power on display from workers and community across the midwest - Republican Governors Rick Scott of Florida and Rick Snyder of Michigan also went on the record to say their states should continue to support collective bargaining rights for public workers.
An estimated 10,000-15,000 people are rallying right now against SB5, the bill that would ban collective bargaining for public workers, after being locked out of their own statehouse today. Check out video from the rally here.
Rallies continue to shake up the Statehouse in Madison! Yesterday two busloads of Chicago Jobs with Justice activists made the trip to Wisconsin for the day. The governor's approval rating is down, a pro-union website is blocked in the Capitol, and Madison area workers have approved preparations for a general strike.
We're still getting many updates on rallies planned across the country this week. See http://bit.ly/wisolidarity for a list, and please send us your information if it's not posted yet.
WHO'S BEHIND THESE ATTACKS, ANYWAY?
Finally, if you haven't explored the connections between Tea-Party backers the Koch Brothers and the attacks on workers happening across the country, don't miss today's New York Times article "Billionaire Brothers’ Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Dispute"