“What you’re seeing here is a middle finger in the face of “right to work” a middle finger at “Act 10″ and anything that tells workers that you don’t have a right to a voice on your job and I love it! I’m proud of it.
- Milwaukee activist and former MCTS driver Angela Walker
Workers in Wisconsin are beginning to wake up to the fact that the only way they can fight back against the attack on labor is through collective action. On Wednesday morning ATU Local 998 workers began what will be a 3-day work stoppage unless their demands are met.
The drivers and mechanics walked off the job at 3:00am after County Executive Chris Abele refused to budge on ATU Local 998′s demands.
The workers demands are simple:
After pickets at individual transit facilities during the day union president James Macon rallied hundreds of workers at the MCTS administration building to end the first day of action.
The drivers and mechanics represented by ATU 998 will continue the work stoppage until the Fourth of July, when they return to work.
Watch the video below shot and edited by Milwaukee videographer Erik Ljung from Wednesday night’s gathering outside MCTS headquarters.
Join workers on Thursday night at 5:00pm for another large rally at the Milwaukee County Courthouse.