Bipartisan Group Of Over 270 State Legislators from 44 States Announces Solidarity With “Wisconsin Fourteen”
In Open Letter, Group of Lawmakers Decries “Destructive Ideological Attack” on Middle Class, Urge Wisconsin Senators To Stand Firm
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 25, 2010
CONTACT: Charles Monaco, Progressive States Network, (212) 680-3116 x115
New York, NY -- Today, hours after the Wisconsin Assembly advanced legislation that would strip workers of their collective bargaining rights, Progressive States Network released a letter  signed by a bipartisan group of over 270 state legislators representing 44 states voicing their solidarity with the “Wisconsin Fourteen” state senators and urging them to stand firm in their fight. This still-growing group of state lawmakers representing vastly different constituencies in every corner of the nation has joined together over the course of the last 72 hours to stand up for the middle class as a national right-wing assault against workers’ rights threatened to spread to statehouses across the nation.
“At a time of historic income inequality and job losses in America, conservatives have launched a destructive ideological attack targeting the rights of workers in statehouses across the nation,” wrote the lawmakers. “As state legislators, we stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Wisconsin who are currently fighting this effort and ensuring that their constituents’ voices are heard.”
In the letter released today, the group of lawmakers also noted that, in contrast to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and others attempting to force through legislation benefiting big business and the wealthy in the states, they were dedicated to working “in a constructive manner with all relevant parties to advance a vision for our nation’s future that truly ensures the economic security of our communities.”
“More and more state legislators across the nation are standing up every day because this is not just about Wisconsin,” said State Rep. Garnet Coleman (Texas), Chair of the Board of Progressive States Network. “The survival of the middle class in this country is now at stake in statehouses across the nation. While conservatives in Wisconsin, Indiana, and other states try to ram through attacks on workers that don’t create a single job or save a single dollar in their budgets, progressives across the nation are coming together in solidarity to say it’s time for an approach that truly prioritizes the economic security of our families and states.
The full text of the letter and list of signers is available at: http://progressivestates.org/solidarityWI 
At a time of historic income inequality and job losses in America, conservatives have launched a destructive ideological attack targeting the rights of workers in statehouses across the nation. As state legislators, we, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with our colleagues in Wisconsin who are currently fighting this effort and ensuring that their constituents’ voices are heard.
Taking away the hard-won rights of nurses and bus drivers and teachers does nothing to create jobs, rebuild the economic prosperity of our states, or strengthen our families.
As legislators representing vastly different constituencies in states across the country, we join together to voice our shared desire to work in a constructive manner with all relevant parties to advance a vision for our nation’s future that truly ensures the economic security of our communities.
About Progressive States Network:
Progressive States Network  is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the work of progressive state legislators around the country and to the advancement of state policies that deliver on issues that matter to working families: strong wage standards and workplace freedom, balancing work and family responsibilities, health care for all, smart growth and clean energy, tax and budget reform, clean and fair elections, and technology investments to bridge the digital divide.
In early 2011, Progressive States Network released its Blueprint for Economic Security 2011 , comprising a series of messages and specific policy solutions that state legislators and advocates across the country can advance to help build security in three broad issue areas that affect people’s everyday lives: our state economies, our jobs, and our health.