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Local mom uses “Working People's Day of Action” rally as teaching moment for young daughter

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One of the signs held at the “Working People's Day of Action” rally at the Capitol. One of the signs held at the “Working People's Day of Action” rally at the Capitol.

MADISON (WKOW) --- Hundreds of union workers and their supporters took to the steps of the capitol Saturday, rallying against an upcoming U.S Supreme Court case that could have a far-reaching impact on unions.

The “Working People's Day of Action” was part of a nationwide call to support union workers. Rebecca Klebsch and her daughter was one of hundreds at a rally. But the event was much more than a rally for her and her young daughter.

“I think it's great for people to support AFSCME and other unions and workers rights,” Klebsch said.

“Working people in this country have been under attack for a long time. And here in Wisconsin in the last 7 years, we've seen the rights of working people be eroded,” said Michael Horecki, communications director for AFSCME Wisconsin.

For Klebsch, it was also a teaching moment. She and her 11-year-old daughter made the 90-minute journey from Colgate just to attend the rally.

“I think it's just important for people to education their children on what was done before us and what can be done in the future,” she said.

The rally comes just days before the SCOTUS is expected to hear arguments in a case supporters say attacks the rights of working people.

The state Court of Appeals upheld Wisconsin’s "Right-to-Work" law in 2017, dealing a legal blow to unions. But if the SCOTUS rules in favor of the plaintiff, Mark Janus, an Illinois public worker, non-union members will no longer be forced to pay union fees, but will still benefit from work done by the unions.

“In a union environment, anyone who's in a union shop has to participate in paying fair share for their representation. so no matter who you are, you get a benefit because the union negotiates your contract, gets you fair wages, fair health care. This Supreme Court case says you no longer have to do that,” Horecki said. “The union still has to do all those things for you, help you get health care, better benefits. But you now longer need to pay your fair share to be a part of that system.”

The case will likely have an impact on the future of public unions. And Klebsch wants her daughter to see it happening up close.

“And for her not to just hear about it in school, but actually be a part of it.”

People gathered for similar rallies Saturday in cities across the country including New York, Chicago and Washington D.C.

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