Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A MESSAGE FROM AFSCME
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
Public service workers are under attack everywhere — on the front-page, cable news, the radio — every day. It's time for us to fight back.
Wall Street CEOs — with the help of their political friends in Congress and the media — are trying to divert attention from the simple fact that they caused our economy to collapse by blaming public employees. And we're not going to let them get away with it.Today, we announce our campaign to Stop the Lies.
Our "Stop the Lies" campaign will let no attack against us, or the vital public services we provide, go unanswered. We will use every tool at our disposal: hard-hitting videos; rapid responses to attacks; advertising in national and local media; online actions targeting those who seek to harm us with their hypocrisy and lies; ground actions in state capitals across the country and more. And we will do it for as long as it takes to win.
Of course, the most critical element of our campaign is YOU. AFSCME members at all levels of our union must actively participate in our Stop the Lies campaign in order for us to really make a difference. Those who attack us may have big money and big mouths, but we have the power of our 1.6 million members.
The first thing you can do is watch our new video and add your name to our Stop the Lies open letter.
Wall Street CEOs and their greed caused 15 million Americans to lose their jobs, and caused unprecedented state budgets shortfalls and services to get slashed everywhere.Public service workers are not the problem. Attacking public service workers won’t create jobs. It will not solve the problem of states trying to save vital public services that so many rely on.
But with so many anti-government politicians and friends of Wall Street about to take office, the lies are only going to get worse and the threat of cuts more severe. Over the coming weeks and months we will be asking you to make calls, send letters, talk to your co-workers, tell us your stories, and more. Are you in?
The first step is to add your name to our open letter and ask your friends and co-workers to join us: http://AFSCME.org/StopTheLies
Thanks for everything that you do to keep our communities running and to make America happen. We'll keep you updated in the coming weeks and months with campaign news and next steps.