Texan4Hillary offers his perspective as a movement progressive activist.

What began two weeks ago as a Republican measure in one small U.S. state has turned into what could be the biggest challenge to union power since then President Ronald Reagan fired striking air traffic controllers nearly 30 years ago.Reuters

Progressive Caucus Shows Solidarity with Wisconsin and all American workers fighting to save union rights.

A funny thing happened after Egypt: people around the world began protesting in the streets for their rights. In Egypt a day of solidarity has been declared by its labor organizations. The day of solidarity though is with the unions of Wisconsin and Ohio.

The tea party driven anti-worker G.O.P. took over Wisconsin big time in 2010. But now reality sets in as voters find out the details of the tea agenda. A majority of Wisconsin voters disapprove of Walker’s moves and it is killing his approval ratings in polls. So thousands are in the streets and have forced the Wisconsin GOP state house to shut down its own comment line. Yikes.

Wisconsin has deep progressive roots. It was settled by Scandinavians, a deep progressive and union rich culture. So now what Walker is trying to do is a seminal fight in American progressivism. We must fight with the unions in anyway we can.

The ability for a union to bargain for its members is essential, even for those who are not union members. The more folks in unions the better wages are for everyone. In F.D.R.’s time had it not been for 25 pct of America being unionized the New Deal programs would not have been as strong if at all. Unions after the war bargained for better pay and benefits and for 50 years across the board American’s pay went up and a middle class grew.

Those brave 14 Democratic state senators standing strong in Illinois to keep the GOP from having a quorum to pass the anti worker bill need all our help. Act Blue is fundraising for these guys so we can help get them food, lodging and so forth. Here is the LINK to donate. Solidarity with the people in the street fighting back against our oligarchy.

Thank the 14 Democratic heroes preventing the GOP from holding quorum to pass the right to work bill here.

AFL-CIO is urging all of us to sign this petition defending the right to unionize. The signatures will be delivered to every statehouse in America. LINK.

Great coverage on the AFL-CIO’s liveblog today. Here is the link to follow the events across America. On the front page is Labor Secretary Solis’ solidarity statement:

I’ve been following the developments in Wisconsin, and Ohio, and many other states across the country.

We know that many states are facing tough budget decisions. We know that there’s room for shared sacrifice.

And we’ve seen our brothers and sisters in the public employees unions willing to give there share, and to negotiate in good faith to help their states get through tough times.

But the governors in Wisconsin and Ohio aren’t just asking workers to tighten their belts, they’re demanding that they give up their uniquely American rights as workers.

These are our neighbors, our friends, our family. They teach our kids and risk their lives to keep us safe. And all they’re asking is to be treated with respect.

All these workers want is the opportunity to sit down at the table, like grown ups, and work together to solve problems.

That’s what collective bargaining is all about.

We know that sitting down together and working through problems doesn’t cause budget problems. In fact, that’s how we solve budget problems.

In every family in America, that’s what they do when times are tough. They talk. They negotiate. And that’s what these Governors ought to do.

Oh, and MoveOn has a site where you can replay and watch the events that happened across the nation. Go here. Photos are here.