The myth that labor blindly supports ridiculously high Pentagon spending has been debunked repeatedly. Most of the rank and file understand that Congress doesn’t fund the Pentagon to support home district jobs. They do it to “earn” defense contractor campaign contributions. Two solutions: 1) Get corporate money out of politics (e.g., MoveToAmend.org; publicly financed elections) and get Congress to begin shifting budget dollars to more sustainable jobs.
A great way to end the year is to toast yet another step forward in the Move the Money Campaign.
Peace Action, national and WI are working with WAND/WILL state legislators, National Priorities Project and the WI Network for Peace and Justice to introduce a CT style state bill to create a commission to explore ways for the local economy to move from dependence on defense contracts for good paying manufacturing jobs to producing for civilian needs.
The South Central Federation of Labor in WI passed a resolution in support of such a bill, following in the steps of the CT State Federation of AFL-CIO and the MD-DC Federation in support of the bill being worked on in MD.
The introduction of bills in other states are being explored by WAND/WILL state legislators with the support of Peace Action and National Priorities…
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