The city of Providence, R.I., sent termination letters Feb. 23 to all of its 1,926 teachers. Newly elected Mayor Angel Taveras claimed he was doing this to guarantee flexibility in addressing the budget deficit. He is also going to close an unspecified number of schools.
Photo journalist Jacob Flom has created a powerful photo essay documenting the struggle inside the Wisconsin capitol during the final hours before the State Assembly stripped public workers of the right to bargain collectively. Flom’s photographs are visual testaments to the power and determination of Wisconsin workers who will continue their fight until victory.
After weeks of intense struggle across Wisconsin, on March 10 the state assembly has passed the union-busting bill pushed by Governor Scott Walker and the Republican Party. The assembly voted 53-42 in favor of the bill, which is expected to be signed into law by Governor Walker shortly.
This evening, March 9, Republican senators here pressed forward with legislation that strips public employees of their collective bargaining rights. Protestors are converging on state capitol building, where there is a heavy police presence.
The people of Wisconsin will not give up. The fight against Governor Scott Walker's plan to destroy public sector unions, public schools and social services is a daily theme in all parts of this state.