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I'm sure you've watched as the hard-right governor of Wisconsin is doing everything he can to eliminate collective bargaining rights for the men and women working in state government.

He may wish to take America back to the 1920s, when workers had no rights, but the rest of us certainly don't.

Tens of thousands of people at a time have been demonstrating at the state capitol for almost a week now, refusing to bow to this attack in the national battle over our rights.

Let's turn their attack into our strength.

Show Wisconsin's Governor Walker and his national hard-right allies that his attacks will only make us stronger -- join me in making a contribution to go toward electing more Democrats to the Wisconsin State Senate.

Of course, this uproar happened because Governor Walker tried to ram this rollback of workers' rights through the legislature without adequate analysis, debate and discussion.

Not surprisingly, because the Governor rushed this bill, two separate issues are getting confused, and it is not fair to Wisconsin workers that it is happening.

On the issue of pensions, even union leaders agree there is a need for reform, given the fiscal challenges faced by many states. But Governor Walker is clinging to ideology and holding out for the elimination of collective bargaining rights.

Governor Walker needs to negotiate on a fair and equal basis with the men and women who work for the Wisconsin government.

That is what has inflamed the Wisconsin workers and so many of us around the country, and that is why we need to help. It's not too early to start working to elect more Democrats to the Wisconsin Senate.

If you support collective bargaining rights, join me in making a contribution to help elect more Democrats to the Wisconsin State Senate and show Governor Walker he can't take us back to the 1920s.

This is an important fight that could be a turning point for workers across America. We need to stand together on this.

Thank you,

Chuck Schumer

By Greg Sargent  | February 22, 2011; 7:19 AM ET
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