Appleton workers marched down College Ave yesterday carrying a coffin full of good-jobs. Community members held a wake to honor the thousands of good jobs that have been lost in Wisconsin in recent years.
The march ended at Rep. Reid Ribble’s office, where constituents encouraged Rep. Ribble to vote in favor of the American Jobs Act which will put 20,000+ Wisconsinites back to work.
The jobs crisis is the number one threat to our economy. Funeral march participants demand that elected officials, like Rep. Ribble, put the American people above politics and act immediately to create family-sustaining jobs for out of work Wisconsinites.
"I'm very concerned about the economy and with what people are doing in Washington. In order to get this economy going, you have to put people back to work. If they don't start passing some jobs bills, the economy is going to be stale, " explained Michael Bolton Director of United Steel Workers District 2 who attended the wake for good jobs.
Appleton workers took to the streets as part of the “America Wants to Work” National Week of Action. In Wisconsin, actions are took place in Appleton, Eau Claire, Kenosha, Milwaukee, and Wausau.
Americans across the nation are calling for a jobs plan that invests in infrastructure, revives U.S. manufacturing, puts people to work doing work that needs to be done, helps federal, state and local governments avoid more layoffs and cutbacks to vital services, helps fill the massive shortfall of consumer demand by extending unemployment benefits and keeps homeowners in their homes; all the while reforming Wall Street so that it helps Main Street create jobs.
For media coverage of the event view WBAY Green Bay's story, People in Northeast Wisconsin are Looking for a Jobs Plan: http://www.wbay.com/story/15691798/2011/10/13/people-in-northeast-wisconsin-are-looking-for-a-jobs-plan