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Added February 18th, 2011 by Chalk
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Packers, NFLPA Fight Governor, Support Wisconsin Workers

It would be easy to expect members of the Green Bay Packers to be busy basking in the glow of their recent Super Bowl victory or wrapped up in the NFL labor talks and possibility of a lockout next month. However, at least two members of the championship team found time to support the rights of Wisconsin nurses, teachers and state workers from an attack by Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker.

Current Packers linebacker Brady Poppinga and offensive lineman Jason Spitz joined five former Packers in issuing a statement, part of which reads:

As a publicly owned team we wouldn’t have been able to win the Super Bowl without the support of our fans.It is the same dedication of our public workers every day that makes Wisconsin run. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. But now in an unprecedented political attack Governor Walker is trying to take away their right to have a voice and bargain at work.

The right to negotiate wages and benefits is a fundamental underpinning of our middle class. When workers join together it serves as a check on corporate power and helps ALL workers by raising community standards. Wisconsin’s long standing tradition of allowing public sector workers to have a voice on the job has worked for the state since the 1930s.

The NFLPA, the union that represents NFL players, also issued a statement on Tuesday supporting Wisconsin workers: “The NFL Players Association will always support efforts protecting a worker’s right to join a union and collectively bargain. Today, the NFLPA stands in solidarity with its organized labor brothers and sisters in Wisconsin.”

Tens of thousands have already marched in protest in Wisconsin to support workers’ rights. “It’s great to see Packers join the fight against Walker,” said Aisha Robertson, a Madison public school teacher.  “Their statement of support shows they stand with us. It gives us inspiration and courage to go and fight peacefully for our most basic rights.”

 
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