*The NAACP issued the statement below in response to the Wisconsin State Assembly approving a measure that would eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Governor Scott Walker proposed legislation that would cut workers’ pay and benefits and deny workers’ the right to collective bargaining. The legislation has been met with massive protests across Wisconsin and throughout the country.
“We are profoundly concerned and deeply disappointed that the Wisconsin State Assembly would pass this economically dangerous bill,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. “We applaud the senators who stood their ground and used every legal and political means possible to stop this effort. This bill is bad for the state of Wisconsin, bad for Wisconsin families and sets an economically devastating precedent for the rest of the country. We cannot cut our way out of the recession, living wage job creation increases our tax revenues and consumer dollars which are the policies that will grow our economy, strengthen our families and communities and ultimately reduce our deficit.”
Last weekend, the NAACP passed a resolution supporting theright of public sector employment unions to engage in collective bargaining. The resolution can be found here.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation’s oldest and largest civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities, conducting voter mobilization and monitoring equal opportunity in the public and private sectors.