"From: The Graduate Employees Organization, (GEO) Illinois Federation of Teachers/American Federation of Teachers, Local 6300, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
Sisters and Brothers:
Just as you stood in solidarity with us during our historic strike against the University of Illinois, on November 16 & 17, 2009, we, the 2,500 graduate employees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, stand in solidarity with you in your history changing struggle for collective bargaining rights against Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
For too long now, state and federal officials, both Republicans and Democrats, have been blaming public sector workers and public sector unions for so-called budget crises. These budget crises arebeing manipulated to cover the obscene transfer of wealth from taxpayers and workers into the pockets of private corporations, or into ceaseless wars that are bankrupting our nation.
Your struggle, Sisters and Brothers, much like the courageous revolts in Tunisia and Egypt, inspires us in the United States, fills us with new energy, and gives us renewed knowledge of the power of working people when they stand together.
Sisters and Brothers, you have the momentum, you have our support, and you have the support of hundreds of thousands of workers across the country and around the world. Do not settle for half the victory. In the coming days, we encourage you to stand strong against all measures in Gov. Scott Walker’s bill: the forced give backs of wages and benefits, as well as the elimination of collective bargaining rights.
No Compromise! Kill the Bill!
The members of the GEO"