Our man Pete on the street

Pete Ludden negotiates for NYSUT’s local unions out of the Syracuse Regional Office.

He’s at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin with activists right now and reports:

Climate is truly electric. Groups of people start marching around the Capitol chanting. Every few minutes another group starts up because people are coming from all parts of the state. Flags flying, banners and signs by the hundreds.

Pete says he’s met people from across the state and the country “who are all gathering to protect basic rights of workers. We have to take a stand here.”

The “we” is so inclusive, he says: employees from all job titles, firefighters, bus drivers, laborers, plumbers, electrical workers – and of course, teachers.

Jesse Jackson is there too. Pete says he gave him an AFT button!

Pete has sent us a few photos. We’re trying to put up on Flickr now.

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4 Comments

  1. Bmarshall February 22, 2011 at 3:56 pm #

    Hopefully this is just the beginning of a disscussion that is long past due. The discussion needs to take place between people on social networking sites and information needs to be gleaned from websites that are not controlled by the corporate owned networks or the cable propaganda networks such as Fox and CNN. I admire the teachers and other union members in Wisconsin. They deserve our support.

  2. BMarshall February 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    I guess we are both paying very close attention. My hope for real change is renewed when I watch the people in Wisconsin.
    I will be in Albany in front of the State House on Saturday at the Rally to support Wisconsin teachers and workers’ rights. My husband will be attending a Rally in front of our congressional representatives office in Kingston on Thursday at 12:00 noon .
    You have probably posted the NEA website that is listing events that will be taking place nation wide. Here is a good link if people want to find the most up to date information from NEA.

    http://www.educationvotes.nea.org/2011/02/22/a-look-at-public-worker-rallies-around-the-country/

  3. Doug Swanson February 25, 2011 at 9:09 pm #

    Thank you Pete and Bob for coming out and joining us in the protest for workers rights here in WI. Every day we meet wonderful people from around the nation who come out to support workers rights (on their own, not bused in as reported by FOX). Each day this week i have met one or more union activist from NY state here in Madison working for workers rights.
    In Solidarity,
    doug

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