From a press release by SEIU Local 21LA:
“We Stand with Wisconsin,” a solidarity rally, will be held at 5:00pm on Wednesday outside of the Baton Rouge City Hall (the Governmental Building) located at 222 St. Louis Street.
The event is being organized by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 21LA along with American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), the state AFL-CIO, the Building and Construction Trades Unions, and other Louisiana unions to show local support for the Wisconsin nurses, firefighters, teachers and all the other public employees under fire by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s attack on Wisconsin working families.
“We want to tell our Louisiana leaders that politicians like Governor Walker must stop scapegoating the working families of this country for the nation’s economic woes caused by the Wall Street greed that crashed our economy,” said Louis Reine, president of the Louisiana State Federation of Labor.
“Today Wisconsin … tomorrow Louisiana? We won’t allow it. More than a year after the financial crisis and bailout, working families are still reeling from the effects of a shattered economy. Politicians should be creating good jobs – not attacking nurses, teachers and firefighters.”
Charles Selders, a city-parish employee in Baton Rouge and SEIU Local 21LA leader, agrees. “We need our elected officials to create jobs, not wage attacks on middle class and working families to score political points with big donors,” Selders said. “The real bad guys are the rich CEOs and Wall Street bankers not the hardworking people who provide vital services to our communities.”
For more information about the “We Stand With Wisconsin” solidarity rally, please call Jewel Bush, SEIU Local 21LA Communications Specialist, at (504) 322-4243 or email Jewel. Bush@seiu21la.org.