PRESS CALL ADVISORY: WI, IL, and MN Legislators to Join American Worker Project to Unveil New Research Showing Damaging Impact of Anti-Union Legislation on Public Education

Washington, D.C. — Enacted in 2011, Wisconsin’s Act 10—championed by Gov. Scott Walker (R)—virtually eliminated collective bargaining rights and slashed benefits for most public sector workers. Today, members of Congress as well as state-elected officials in Illinois and Minnesota are considering similar legislation to attack public sector employees. Similarly, the U.S. Supreme Court will soon hear arguments in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a case that could significantly weaken public sector unions and teachers’ ability to collectively bargain.

On Wednesday, November 15, the American Worker Project at the Center for American Progress Action Fund will hold a press call to unveil new research that shows how damaging Wisconsin’s Act 10 has been to the state’s public education system.

Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling, Illinois Senate Pro Tempore Don Harmon (D), and Minnesota State Rep. Carlos Mariani (D) will join the call to discuss how Act 10 has harmed Wisconsin and how those harms could be replicated in Illinois and Minnesota should similar legislation be enacted.


David Madland, senior fellow, Center for American Progress Action Fund; senior adviser, American Worker Project

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling, Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader (D-WI-32)

State Sen. Don Harmon, Illinois Senate President Pro Tempore (D-IL-39)

State Rep. Carlos Mariani (DFL-MN-65B)

Shelly Moore Krajacic, English and drama teacher from Ellsworth, Wisconsin


Press call to unveil new research on harmful impacts of Wisconsin’s anti-worker legislation on education, as well as the possible impact that could result from similar legislation in Illinois and Minnesota


Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 1 p.m. CST/2 p.m. EST


RSVP to Allison Preiss at to receive the call-in information.