On April 4, 2011 Pittsburgh-area unions and community organizations participated in a national day of action called for by We Are One in solidarity with the workers of Wisconsin. In addition to educational forums hosted by the Steelworkers, CCAC, and the UE, the main event of the day was a rally and march that began at EQT Plaza in front of the Equitable Gas Company. The message was, “Tax the Gas!” meaning: specifically, that PA should be taxing natural gas extraction to pay for public services, and, generally, that the economic crisis our nation is facing is not due to a spending problem but rather a revenue problem—corporations are not paying their fair share.
From EQT Plaza, people marched to PA Governor Tom Corbett’s office where the unions put on a tribunal to find Walker, Corbett, and other lawmakers guilty of trampling on workers’ rights. See pictures from both rallies below!
The actions on April 4th were part of a nationwide We Are One campaign. See the link below for Dave Welsh’s report on how dockworkers in Oakland and San Francisco shut down the ports for a full 24 hours and teachers in Oakland blocked access to a Wells Fargo for three hours in solidarity with Wisconsin workers.
You can also visit the We Are One website at http://www.we-r-1.org/ for photos and recaps from the 1,200+ solidarity events that took place on 4/4/11.