Ellison: Ferguson Occurred ‘Because We Have Allowed Collective Bargaining to Weaken’

Eric Scheiner | February 16, 2015 | 1:45pm EST
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Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told a gathering at Georgetown University that Officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown were on “a collision course”, which ultimately resulted in Brown’s fatal shooting, because we have “not been invested in our nation’s infrastructure” and “because we have allowed collective bargaining to weaken.”

“Darren Wilson and Mike Brown were on a collision course,” Ellison says in a video posted by the Georgetown University Campus Ministry last week.

“What brought them into collision was the economic abandonment of their city. It was the fact they have been bleeding jobs, through I believe, unfair trade agreements. It has been because we have not been invested in our nations infrastructure, it is because we have allowed collective bargaining to weaken.”

“Let me tell you this about collective bargaining folks, when workers don’t have any voice on the job - wages stagnate and fall,” Ellison continued.

In August 2014 Officer Wilson shot Brown in an incident that gained national attention and sparked months of protests in Ferguson.

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