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In an interview with Politico, Green Bay Packers star defensive back Charles Woodson reiterated his support for Wisconsin working families who are locked in a battle with Republican Gov. Scott Walker, who has sought to strip them of their collective bargaining rights.
I feel like Wisconsin workers and workers in general should have their right to be a human and to have the right to fight for whatever rights they believe in. So, we talk about having freedoms in this country, they should have the freedom to fight for their rights.
Woodson's remarks are important for spreading the message of union rights and the rights of working families to a broader audience that might not otherwise think about these issues if it weren't brought to their attention by an NFL star.
Woodson's earlier statement:
Last week I was proud when many of my current and former teammates announced their support for the working families fighting for their rights in Wisconsin. Today I am honored to join with them. Thousands of dedicated Wisconsin public workers provide vital services for Wisconsin citizens. They are the teachers, nurses and child care workers who take care of us and our families. These hard working people are under an unprecedented attack to take away their basic rights to have a voice and collectively bargain at work.
It is an honor for me to play for the Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers and be a part of the Green Bay and Wisconsin communities. I am also honored as a member of the NFL Players Association to stand together with working families of Wisconsin and organized labor in their fight against this attempt to hurt them by targeting unions. I hope those leading the attack will sit down with Wisconsin’s public workers and discuss the problems Wisconsin faces, so that together they can truly move Wisconsin forward.