Thursday, March 28, 2013

Will fight this bill to the end. And then we march. Justice for School Workers.

Despite passionate arguments by the GA senators that stand with working people, HB361 passed the senate on a party line vote (36-16) on Monday.  It now goes back to the house for an up or down vote, and if voted through it will go to Governor Nathan Deal to be signed or vetoed.  We will fight this bill to the end and then we will March to Defend Unemployment Benefits in GA on April 20th.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the last day of the legislature (called "sine die") and HB361 needs an up or down vote in the house.  Take action below to urge speaker of the house David Ralston, your congressperson, and Governor Nathan Deal to stop it.

HB361 would put into state law Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler's unemployment benefit cuts to laid off Georgia school workers. HB361 would also undermine workers' ability to sustain union representation in their workplace.  Stand with Georgia cafeteria workers, bus drivers, crossing guards and private school teachers!

Please Take Action to Stop HB 361:

1) Click Here to take action online and send a message to your representative, the Speaker of the House David Ralston and Governor Nathan Deal opposing HB 361.

2) Call your GA House Rep. and David Ralston the Speaker of the House and tell them to oppose this bill.

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David Ralston's Office Phone number: 404.656.5020

Find your Congressperson's number here
Sample Call Script:

Hello my name is _____________,
I am calling because I am opposed to HB 361, a bill that would eliminate unemployment benefits for over 60,000 school workers in GA. This bill is not fair because these workers are laid off multiples times a year during school breaks oftentimes with no income. They do not have the same job security and benefits as public educational workers. HB 361 is bad for GA school workers and bad for GA's students.

3) Join us at the capitol tomorrow (Thursday).  We will be there all day beginning at 10:00 am tracking the bill

4) In April we will be hitting the streets for a statewide march to defend unemployment benefits in Georgia! Georgia school workers, students and community members from across the state will unite in Atlanta.  Mark your calendars for 12:00 pm April 20th, gather at the AUC Promenade, 223 James P. Brawley Dr. SW Atlanta, GA.  Facebook event is HERE , or for those of you not on Facebook there is more information HERE

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