This letter wasdistributed in Medford Oregon at the local rally in solidarity with Wisconsin workers on Saturday Februaly 26, 2011; Letter copied in full below:
Solidarnosc National Commission, Poland
Independant and Self Governing Trade Union
80-855 Gdarisk ul. Waly Plastowskie 24
tel +48-58-308 4232
To Public Service Workers in the State of Wisconsin
Dear Sisters and Brothers,
On behalf of the 7,000,000members of the Polish Trade Union NSZZ “SOLIDARNOSC” (Solidarity) I wish to express our solidarity and support for your struggle against the recent assault on trade unisons and trade union rights unleashed by Governor Scott Walker.
We are witnessing yet another attempt of transferring the costs of the economic crisis and the failed financial policies to working people and their families, As much as some adjustments are necessary we can not and must not agree that the austerity measures are synonymous with union busting practices, the elimination of bargaining rights and the reduction of social benefits and wages.
Dear Friends, Please rest assured that our thoughts are with you during your protest, as we truly do hope that your fight for decent working and living conditions, for the workers’ rights will be successful. Your victory is our victory as well.