Students and Workers call for action March 2nd!

by Chris Hicks

This week United States Student Association and Jobs with Justice were excited to announce SLAP’s national Day of Action on March 2nd as a part of the Where’s the Funding? campaign.

Across the country students and workers are uniting in the fight against attacks to the public sector as conservative politicians push corporate agendas. Now is the time to step up and bring the student and labor movements closer together than we ever have as both are being targeted – sign up here to tell us what you’re doing on March 2nd.

As we fight back, what’s happening in Wisconsin has helped energize student labor solidarity nationally. Students, community, faith and unions have come under the same banner of social and economic justice and stood against the attacks on workers’ rights. “We are united in solidarity with our professors and teaching assistants, we fight for their rights. This is only the beginning for students, we will protect our education and Wisconsin’s education system,” commented Jolie Lizotte, United Council Board Member and UW-Madison undergraduate student. United Council of UW Students is an organization representing over 140,000 students on 20 campuses across the UW System and is the oldest USSA State-wide Student Association. Student Labor Action Project and United States Student Association have actively been supporting the student organizing happening in the state.

The best way to show solidarity with workers and students in Wisconsin is to take action in our own communities. We’ve been successful in stopping damaging legislation like this in Indiana and are still fighting in many other states! Sign up today to defend workers rights and the affordability and accessibility to higher education everywhere.

For the past weeks we have seen students, workers, faith and community come together and prevent attacks to the public sector across the country. These attacks are threatening the basic structures of our society, including the right to an education and the right to full and fair employment. It is time to take action and demand a stop to the cuts!

Student Labor Action Project, a project between USSA and Jobs with Justice, is calling for a national day of action on March 2nd to defend the public sector.

State budget cuts to higher education are being made in states across the country and workers face cuts to pay, healthcare and pensions. Many of the workers on college campuses are caught in the crisis of both attacks to the public sector.

Join us on March 2nd to demand that the attacks on the public sector are stopped immediately. It’s time to:

  • Protect the vital public services our community needs, and the jobs of the people who deliver those services;
  • Ensure that higher education remains affordable and accessible to all;
  • Call for our elected leaders to recognize the emergency and take bold action to create new jobs that will put people back to work, rebuild our country’s infrastructure, and re-invest in higher education; and
  • Support workers seeking a job with justice, a living wage, the right to organize a union, a fair contract and a voice at work.

Never before has USSA, SLAP, and Jobs with Justice all come together for a single call to action.  The vital importance of fighting the pandemic attacks on public education and workers required that each to unite with one voice in action.

Jobs with Justice and SLAP encourages all students concerned about state of public workers and the American public education system to stand up and fight back!

  • Take a page out of the Wisonsin play book and organize a rally or march at your state capitol building demonstrating public support for workers.
  • Educate your peers about the recent attacks on the public sector and how community members can get involved in the effort to stop them.
  • Host a call-in day where students call members of the House of Representatives and the Senate and demand federal investment in public workers.

Whatever you do, let Jobs with Justice and SLAP help promote and strengthen your organizing by uplifitng your campus’ or community’s actions through new media.  Together, we can create an urgent national message that moves policy makers and the public to promote public need, public workers, and our public higher education system.

PS. Stay up to date with the latest information through facebook and twitter!

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