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Wisconsin Labor Leader to Speak About fight to Save Workers' Rights at AFT Washington Convention

May 12, 2011                                    For immediate release

Contact: Sylvia Watson, 206-261-3603 (c)

WISCONSIN LABOR LEADER TO SPEAK ABOUT FIGHT TO SAVE WORKERS’ RIGHTS
Keynote Speaker at AFT Washington Convention in Wenatchee

Bryan Kennedy, a key leader in the fight to stop Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker from taking away workers’ rights in that state, will be the keynote speaker at the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) Washington annual convention this Friday, May 13, 6:30 p.m., at The Coast Wenatchee Hotel and Convention Center. Wisconsin’s fight to save collective bargaining has drawn national attention as hundreds of thousands of protesters have converged on their state capitol in recent months. Kennedy will share what they have been doing to stop these draconian, union-busting attempts.

“Stripping workers’ rights under the excuse of solving budget deficits is happening across the country. Even in our state, we have seen legislation introduced this session that limits or takes away collective bargaining,” said Sandra Schroeder, President of AFT Washington.

In addition to Mr. Kennedy, the new Secretary-Treasurer for the Washington State Labor Council, Lynne Dodson, will speak about the fight to save workers’ compensation, funding education and programs that support our state’s most vulnerable residents, and the future of the labor movement in our state.

About 70 delegates representing union members in higher education, K-12, and early learning will attend the convention.

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AFT Washington represents 7,000 members that includes faculty in four-year universities, faculty, professional, and classified employees in community and technical colleges, Head Start and early learning teachers, and
pre-K-12 classified and paraprofessional school employees in Washington state.