Monday, February 28, 2011

Fwd: TSEU March & Rally for state services & state employees

Subject: TSEU March & Rally for state services & state employees

TSEU Lobby Day

Wednesday, April 6th

Be on the bus to take a stand for our jobs and the services we provide

The Spirit of Wisconsin blows across Texas

The news coming out of the Capitol in Austin is as bad as expected. Initial budget proposals call for brutal cuts in programs that serve communities across Texas, deep cuts in funding for public schools and higher education, and layoffs & reduced healthcare benefits for state employees.

As in many other states, the current budget crisis is being used as an excuse for gutting state services & education, and for rolling back state employee benefits. And, just like folks in other states, we shouldn't sit on the sidelines while our elected leaders plan to make irresponsible budget cuts that will hurt so many people. In Wisconsin, union members are standing up to protect their right to have a voice on the job and are showing that there is broad, growing support for state services and employees in their community. How do we make our voice heard in Texas?

Be there for Lobby Day, April 6th in Austin. We'll be marching and rallying at the Capitol, before going inside to meet with legislators or their staff. Lobby Day is one of the best ways we can send a clear message to elected officials that their constituents don't support attacks on state services and state employees. Tickets are $15 and include lunch. Buy your ticket today, and get on the bus!

As of now, buses will be picking up at the following locations. This is subject to change.

Texas City, Almeda Mall, 1960 & 290, TSEU Office (South Main near Reliant Stadium), Northwest Transit Center (I-10 and 610), Katy, Richmond, Prairie View A&M, and Brenham

Prepare for Lobby Day at a Public Speaking Workshop, Tuesday March 8th 5:30pm – 7:30pm

The Houston Federation of Teachers is hosting a training session on how to speak with Legislators and legislative staff. TSEU members are encouraged to participate. Please call the TSEU office if you plan on attending or if you have any questions. The training will take place at the Harris County AFL-CIO office, 2506 Sutherland (near I-45 & Telephone), Houston 77023.

Sign and Banner Making Party, Saturday March 19th 11am-3pm TSEU Office

Come by and help make banners and signs for the Lobby Day march and rally. We'll work on continuing the long tradition of creative banners and signs from the Houston area. Artistic skills are not required; Creative suggestions are appreciated. Lunch will be provided. 

Get Ready for Lobby Day at "Day of Outrage" Rally at Houston City Hall, March 15th 4:30-6:30pm

This is another opportunity to voice our opposition to the proposed state budget cuts, and to get the juices flowing for Lobby Day. Call the TSEU office if you are interested in attending.


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