Earlier today, January 12, over 125 Texans greeted Scott Walker on his fundraising trip to Austin, TX. Gov. Walker was the keynote speaker at the right-wing Texas Public Policy Foundation’s annual policy orientation for Texas legislators.
Occupy Austin, the Texas AFL-CIO and the Austin community held a rally to support Wisconsin workers and to protest Gov. Walker’s anti-worker agenda. Since taking office over a year ago Gov. Walker has staged an all out war on the middle class by stripping public employees of their collective bargaining rights, raising taxes on the poor, slashing education and health care funding all while giving millions of dollars in tax breaks to corporate allies and the mega-rich.
Becky Moeller, the President of the Texas AFL-CIO explains:
“we believe in welcoming all comers to Texas, and we won’t break with that tradition today. But we must protest the anti-union zealotry, if not the presence, of Wisconsin Gov. Walker. Walker has played the partisan labor-bashing game since his election, doing the bidding of the Koch Brothers and other money player who want to tamp down worker rights, who can’t stand the idea that health care has become available to more America and who would love to shave percentage points off democratic election participation.”