Protest held outside Americans for Prosperity office

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A protest brings out more than 100 people in south Topeka.

Labor community organizations were chanting outside of the Americans For Prosperity offices at southwest 24th and Topeka Boulevard Wednesday afternoon.

150 came out for the hour-long protest.

Those at the rally say AFP doesn’t fight for working families in Kansas.

“We know the majority of people in Kansas have the exact opposite interests of Americans for Prosperity. The Americans for Prosperity agenda is union-busting, it’s to deregulate and privatize everything they can get their hands on. And that’s exactly the opposite of what working families need here in Kansas. Working families in Kansas need living-wage jobs, getting more regulation and they need unions and solidarity with each other,” American Federation of Teachers, Kansas Organizer Coordinator Bryan Pfeifer said.

There was another protest of the same kind outside the group’s Wichita office as well.

In response, Americans For Prosperity’s Kansas Director Jeff Glendening says:

“It’s ironic for the American Federation of Teachers and other unions to protest our offices while, in fact, it’s the unions who promote an agenda that will deny the very freedoms of the workers they claim to represent. AFP stands for workers’ rights and fiscally sustainable public policies, and we appreciate another opportunity to speak out on these issues. Americans for Prosperity and its 40,000-plus members in Kansas have been ardent supporters of our state’s right-to-work law so that each worker may have the right to choose whether to join or leave a union free from penalty. We also supported the paycheck protection law passed last spring to ensure no worker is forced to pay for public sector union political activities which they oppose. This is in contrast to labor groups who actively oppose such efforts to ensure these freedoms for all Kansas workers. Freedom in the workplace is an important component of overall economic freedom and is in line with AFP’s overall mission. Aside from individual economic freedoms being protected, right-to-work measures help create jobs and spur economic growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over the past decade right-to-work states like Kansas created forty times more jobs and gained more new union members than forced unionization states.”

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