Before they go out to hit the doors, retired AFSCME 1889 members Laurie Grandaw and Julie Jansch have a cup of coffee and strategize over how to talk to as many people as possible. Grandaw and Jansch each worked over 30 years with the City of Green Bay and have seen many changes, but none as disturbing as the dismantling of workers’ rights in Wisconsin.
Collective bargaining is a decades-old practice in the state and Jansch remembers when workers and management were able to work together and innovate to solve budget issues.
“There was a time when you negotiated, really negotiated and had great conversation… Now there’s huge disrespect for the contract and for the workers.”
Last year when Governor Walker stripped public employees of their voice at work, it was not only a politically motivated attack on groups that didn’t support him, it was also the first step in his “divide and conquer” plan to rid the state of unions in both the public and private sector at the request of wealthy donors and corporate interests.
“It scares me that people don’t understand what’s going on. Million dollar donators are buying Wisconsin.”
“Walker is making the state his own playground for the rich and that’s not what Wisconsin is about. Wisconsin is about strong unions and hard work.”
Volunteers across the state are standing up for all working Wisconsinites and their right to a voice at work and at the polls by going door to door during this last week before the June 5 election. Because of the long hours volunteers have put in talking to people in their neighborhoods, working people have seen through the lies of Walker’s multi-million dollar advertisements and the race for governor is a dead heat. Getting as many people as possible to the polls to vote for Tom Barrett and Mahlon Mitchell is what will determine the outcome of the recall.
Laurie Grandaw says when she goes to the doors, she tells everyone,
“Get out and vote and bring at least one or two of your friends! That’s what’s gonna turn this election in our favor.”
And for those who are wondering what more you can do before the June 5 election day, volunteer offices are open all across the state where you can sign up to help the Get Out the Vote effort for Barrett and Mitchell.
“Just try it, you’ll like it!”