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Wisconsin Workers March to Reclaim Wisconsin

March 9, 2012

MADISON, Wisconsin, March 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

One year after Governor Walker stripped hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites of
their union rights — mothers, fathers, veterans, working people and community members
will gather at the Capitol this weekend to continue to speak out and stand up against
Governor Scott Walker’s agenda. Trade union leaders from Australia and Canada will be
among the thousands of people participating in anniversary candlelight vigils around the
state on March 9, and a major rally in Madison on March 10.

“The facts are simple,” says Phil Neuenfeldt, President of the Wisconsin State
AFL-CIO. “Wisconsin is losing jobs while the nation gains them due to Governor Walker’s
policies. The people of Wisconsin are smart and, despite millions of out-of-state
advertising dollars flooding our airwaves from Governor Walker’s billionaire friends,
people see that his agenda is not the path forward for success. One million people have
signed a petition to recall the governor and reclaim our state. This marks one more step
toward re-establishing democracy in Wisconsin.”

The Reclaim Wisconsin march and rally will conclude a statewide Reclaim Wisconsin Tour
which gave citizens a chance to speak out on the local community impact of the governor’s
job-killing budget and cuts to public service workers’ rights. Candlelight vigils in
communities across the state are scheduled to take place Friday evening to observe the
loss of Wisconsin’s long history of labor and management cooperation.

“From all the stories we’ve heard at Reclaim Wisconsin tour stops across the state,
one thing is definitely clear,” observes Stephanie Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer,
“working families in Wisconsin have endured a terrible year under Governor Walker’s
policies, but we refuse to let him silence our voices. The people of Wisconsin are
committed to continuing the work to recall Walker, and we won’t stop until we restore
justice and equality for all Wisconsinites.”

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