Rep. Judy Chu Fights to Protect Workers' Rights
February 18, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Judy Chu, D-CA32, released the following statement today as tens of thousands of public employees gather in Wisconsin in opposition to a proposal that would strip the rights of workers to organize:
“Wisconsin union workers were not the cause of the current budget crisis and their hard-earned pay and benefits should not be the solution out of the crisis. All across the country, public employees are being blamed for the financial woes of states when the real culprit is the dramatic loss in revenue due to the Wall Street-induced recession.”
“I stand with the teachers, nurses, and all public employees who work every day to provide the basic services that our communities depend on. Collective bargaining plays a vital role in holding governments and companies accountable and for protecting hard-working Americans. Governor Scott Walker’s proposal threatens to undo these protections and scapegoats those who have had little to do with the economic crisis we are in.”
“Times are tough. Budget shortfalls have forced many government leaders to ask its citizens to make sacrifices. The Wisconsin proposal simply sacrifices workers. As elected officials, we will have to make choices to get our economy back on track. But this does not mean ignoring the tremendous contributions that union workers and public employees make to our states and to this country.”
Governor Scott Walker’s proposal would strip state employees of their collective bargaining rights and dramatically increase the share of the cost in benefits. Other states such as Ohio have also proposed similar reforms.
Representative Judy Chu was elected in July 2009 to the U.S. House of Representatives as the Representative of California's 32nd District, which includes East Los Angeles and the San Gabriel Valley. She is a member of the House Judiciary and Small Business Committees, as well as the new chair of CAPAC.
Congresswoman Chu's career in politics spans 24 years. A lifelong educator, Congresswoman Chu taught community college classes in Los Angeles and East Los Angeles for 20 years. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology and a B.A. in mathematics.