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Thug ≠ Union : A sign from Wisconsin

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Contributed by : Amy Reddinger

Object # 649

February 2011

This is my sign from the February 2011 protests in Madison. As a state employee I am extremely disturbed by Governor Walker’s attempt to outlaw collective bargaining for state employees in Wisconsin. I am deeply troubled by the coverage of the protests (exceedingly peaceful), as attended by “union thugs.” Hence, the sign. The t-shirt was made by a local artist and says it all. Everywhere – from the septuagenarians at my pool to the woman who sells me eggs – people are talking about how outrageous all of this is. There is an amazing feeling of solidarity – if only the government were listening.

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