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The report begins: "The Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats."

A state Assembly Democrat at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, pumps his fist at participants in the Wisconsin protests rally against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to severely curtail the rights of state labor unions, 02/19/11. (photo: Darren Hauck/Reuters)
A state Assembly Democrat at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, pumps his fist at participants in the Wisconsin protests rally against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's bill to severely curtail the rights of state labor unions, 02/19/11. (photo: Darren Hauck/Reuters)

BREAKING: Wisconsin GOP Rams Anti-Union Bill Through

By Scott Bauer, Associated Press

09 March 11

RSN Special Coverage: GOP's War on American Labor

he Wisconsin Senate voted Wednesday night to strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public workers, approving an explosive proposal that had rocked the state and unions nationwide after Republicans discovered a way to bypass the chamber's missing Democrats.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker's "budget-repair bill" - a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall.

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday separated from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, which spends no money, and a special committee of lawmakers from both the Senate and Assembly approved the bill a short time later.

The unexpected yet surprisingly simple procedural move ended a stalemate that had threatened to drag on indefinitely. Until Wednesday's stunning vote, it appeared the standoff would persist until Democrats returned to Madison from their self-imposed exile.

"In 30 minutes, 18 state Senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten," said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller. "Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people."

Miller said in an interview with The Associated Press there is nothing Democrats can do now to stop the bill: "It's a done deal."

The lone Democrat present on the special committee, Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, shouted that the meeting was a violation of the state's open meetings law. Republicans voted over his objections, and the Senate convened within minutes and passed the measure without discussion or debate.

"The gig is now up," Barca said. "The fraud on the people of Wisconsin is now clear."

Walker had repeatedly argued that collective bargaining was a budget issue, because his proposed changes would give local governments the flexibility to confront budget cuts needed to close the state's $3.6 billion deficit. He has said that without the changes, he may have needed to lay off 1,500 state workers and make other cuts to balance the budget.

Walker said Wednesday night that Democrats had three weeks to debate the bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come back, but refused.

"I applaud the Legislature's action today to stand up to the status quo and take a step in the right direction to balance the budget and reform government," Walker said in the statement.

The measure approved Wednesday forbids most government workers from collectively bargaining for wage increases beyond the rate of inflation. It also requires public workers to pay more toward their pensions and double their health insurance contribution, a combination equivalent to an 8 percent pay cut for the average worker.

Police and firefighters are exempt.

Walker's proposal touched off a national debate over union rights for public employees and prompted tens of thousands of demonstrators to converge on Wisconsin's capital for weeks of protests. Spectators in the Senate gallery screamed "You are cowards" as lawmakers voted on Wednesday.

About 2,000 protesters remained in the building after police repeatedly announced the building was closed and they needed to leave.

"The whole world is watching!" they shouted as they pressed up against the entrance to the Senate chamber, which was heavily guarded by state patrol officers.

The drama unfolded less than four hours after Walker met with GOP senators in a closed-door meeting. He emerged from the meeting saying senators were "firm" in their support of the bill.

For weeks, Democrats had offered concessions on issues other than the bargaining rights and they spent much of Wednesday again calling on Walker and Republicans to compromise.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said earlier that Republicans had been discussing concessions offered by Walker, including allowing public workers to bargain over their salaries without a wage limit. Several GOP senators facing recall efforts had also publicly called for a compromise.

"The people of Wisconsin elected us to come to Madison and do a job," Fitzgerald said in a statement after the vote. "Just because the Senate Democrats won't do theirs, doesn't mean we won't do ours."

Union leaders weren't happy with Walker's offer, and were furious at the Senate's move to push the measure forward with a quick vote. Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin state AFL-CIO, said after Wednesday's vote that Republicans exercised a "nuclear option."

"Scott Walker and the Republicans' ideological war on the middle class and working families is now indisputable," Neuenfeldt said.

While talks had been going on sporadically behind the scenes, Republicans in the Senate also had publicly tried to ratchet up pressure on Democrats to return. They had agreed earlier Wednesday to start fining Democrats $100 for each day legislative session day they miss.

Associated Press writers Todd Richmond and Jason Smathers contributed to this report. your social media marketing partner


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+30 # James R Young 2011-03-09 23:08
Goliath wins in the Republican story? Shame on my old party
+49 # john5021 2011-03-09 23:32
The fat is in the fire now. Their fat A*% and the publics fire. Say good bye to their political life. Time to return Government to the people. Recall,Recall,R ECALLLLLL.
+24 # Steve S 2011-03-10 00:49
It's good to know that they have the right to recall. Many jurisdictions don't have the option to reverse buyer's remorse like that.
+19 # badri raina 2011-03-10 00:03
It has now been made clear that the world's "democracies' are as much in need of arabised people's movements as those obvious autocracies/monarchies.

Walker has played Judas with the people.
Infinitely sad and infinitely portentous.
Badri Raina
+23 # ginger wright 2011-03-10 00:48
they signed their own political death sentence. this is a snowball rolling downhill....
+24 # AngryMan 2011-03-10 02:03
"The people of Wisconsin elected us to come to Madison and do a job," Fitzgerald said in a statement after the vote.

Is that the job people of Wisconsin asked Mr. Fitzgerald and Mr. Walker to perform? Maybe people of Wisconsin should have considered what they voted for a little more carefully. Voting carries consequences. Not voting carries consequences, too. Joe McCarthy was a Republicon from Wisconsin. That worked out well, didn't it? Still wanna vote Republicon? As ye sow, so shall ye reap.

My outrage for what Republicons do is throttled by those who keep voting for them. Yes, what has been done is terrible. Why did you vote them into office? Willful ignorance is no excuse! Notice how MSM paid very little attention to what happened. Voting for the way you think the world ought to be might sound like a good idea but it isn't. Wake up and check your tether to reality now and then. Many Republicon ideas sound great in a perfect world. But we don't live in a perfect world! Get over the ideology and vote for pragmatism instead, or learn to like what you now have. It is your choice.
+22 # mlyon01 2011-03-10 02:04
This was the circumstance the South Central Federation of Labor of Wisconsin said would trigger a general strike. Now is the time. See
+36 # angelfish 2011-03-10 02:37
This action by the Nazi ReTHUGlican majority in the Wisconsin State House is a clear indication of what their agenda TRULY is, to break the Unions, and take us back to the days of the Robber Barons who now manifest as the Koch brothers and their Mega-Wealthy cronies. Not content with eating our sack lunch, they would have our breakfast and dinner too! The Cretinous Governor of Florida is about to do the same and worse as he plans to repeal ALL taxes on the Rich and Corporate entities in his State. THIS is their TRUE purpose. Their Greed and Avarice knows NO bounds! Which State will be next? Yours? Mine? Our Country is in grave danger of being swallowed up by these "Me First-ers". We have laid down and ALLOWED them to ride rough-shod over us again and again, Funding their ILLEGAL WAR, Bailing out their Banks, and saving their sorry A$$es with untold billions of OUR hard earned dollars while they give little or NOTHING in return! The Economy is BOOMING yet they will NOT hire, and are intent on firing half of the Federal and State workforces, as well as gutting salaries and benefits. Why don't THEY ever take a hit? Whether you support the people of Wisconsin or not, what is happening there will impact on ALL of us. We must NOT allow them to continue to stomp us into the ground like bugs! Fight them tooth and nail! If they WIN, we LOSE!
+22 # Lesabre 2011-03-10 03:31
Unfortunately there are a lot of people that don't realize how important worker's rights are and think union busting is a good thing to do.
+36 # Merschrod 2011-03-10 04:04
A calm, meticulous recall is the power of the people - Go for it Wisconsin!
+24 # Glen 2011-03-10 06:34
The United States is coming apart at the seams and due to this precedent setting action other state legislators will follow and unravel those seams even further.

A recall is underway for about 8 of those legislators, but the governor's will have to wait until he has been in office a year. Even with a recall, the action and intent will never be recalled. Workers now know exactly what is afoot and it ain't pretty. If other states conduct themselves in this manner there is going to be more than on-site protests, you can bet.

Democracy really has begun obvious erosion rather than symbolic.
+37 # eldoryder 2011-03-10 06:34
Start jailing the banksters who perpetrated the meltdown, and make the top 1% pay their fair share of taxes, and we won't SEE any more budget shortfalls! This country (and all its states) don't have a BUDGET crisis, they have a REVENUE crisis! For all of you who have said there is no difference between the two parties, I hope the picture has just been made a little more clear for you.
+18 # rf 2011-03-10 06:39
Typical...Repub licans get it done...damn the Dems. The Dems compromise. What should happen now is a general strike...all teachers, all hospital personel, and police, all firemen...Let it burn baby!
+16 # Jim Goble 2011-03-10 06:53
The time has come to boycott ALL products originating in Wisconsin. Make Walker and his cronies pay for his anti-union stance.
+26 # Johnnie B 2011-03-10 06:58
Wowwwwwwwwwwwww ww, such a dreadful, draconian move by a government agency to make without the bodies of both parties present. Compromise is foreign to this government head and should result in extreme pandemonium in the state of Wisconsin.

I feel that the principal republican body who participated in this action have risen to the height of extreme demongogic tactics, that will create a division of the people for some time.

It is imperative that the courts of Wisconsin and particularly the state courts enter into this action forthwith to stop this runaway train. The action presumably celebrated by this interim body, should result in a disconnect in the entire state until peace shall abide.

I would expect that this actions of the state government will be overthrown in the district courts in a short time frame and followed by RECALL Efforts, like the nation has never seen before.

Let's hope that more even tempered heads will participate in not only a reversal of this recent legislation, but also action that will dissuade further rogue action by this unfortunate leader of the Wisconsin government.

Peace and love to the people of the Wisconsin community.

Johnnie B~
-58 # techman 2011-03-10 07:00
Finally the republicans did what should have been done years ago. Without these kind of measures, public Unions (not private Unions) will drive us into bankrupcy in a matter of years. Most of these people do not care what happens to anything other their own pockets. Take for example the fact that when there are layoffs the young teachers go first. Please, you DEMOCRATS who read this, show me one private non Unionized enterprize where the young people go first when a restructuring takes place and I will join a Union.
+11 # Glen 2011-03-10 07:47
What's happening in Wisconsin has nothing to do with the budget. It has everything to do with people's rights. There are many types of unions and not all of them are corrupt. They offer a voice. Suggest reform, not elimination of unions.

You just might not appreciate other types of unions, but would you really want to get rid of AARP and have older folks go back to a time of suffering and indifference to the elderly? After all the AARP is a type of union.
0 # Songbird 2011-03-13 14:36
Wow you really don't know what your talking about Glen when it comes to Unions do you? Read before you open your mouth. AARP is not just for old people there is another thing your so wrong about as I said READ or can you? When you bust Unions jobs go wait and see. Then its First hired and fired. I was in the aflcio Dictric 13 union, yep the scabs busted our Union and with in 2 years that company locked the doors. Jack Roush who owns 3 or 4 cars in Nascar his Father owed the plant who made parts for Westing House Amanna, Maytag. Bye Bye, as soon as the scabs cross the line. Same people who worked beside you. They too got gone first I say good.
+6 # Doctoretty 2011-03-10 07:50
Of course the young people go first. It's always been the way of management...un ion or not....last hired, first fired!
+20 # pdorland 2011-03-10 08:08
You are blaming the wrong people for budget woes. Middle-class and union workers are not the cause of the problem. It is the banks who are robber barons of the first degree. Whether young people or seniors go first in either public or private unions is not the issue. The issue is fairness and decades of a right fought for gone in one moment of thuggery.

This is "Shock Doctrine" right here in the US. These same people have been pulling the rug out from all civil liberties and workers rights all over the world. Now they are doing it to their own people. Next it will be public assets and soon corporations are going to be running our cities and towns. Is that what you want? If it isn't, the question is: what are we going to do about it?

If you still think that Unions are the cause of the deep fissures opening in the US, you need to open your eyes and your mind.
+17 # CL38 2011-03-10 08:53
Your perspective is just a little skewed and you are clearly a Republican.

We need to go after the corporations that outsource our jobs and pay almost no taxes; and the wealthy who were given yet ANOTHER tax cut, after the top 2% doubled their income over the previous decade, thanks to Bush.

Then we can go after the oil and gas subsidies and all other "entitlements" of the rich and powerful.

Not the jobs, salaries and benefits of the middle class and the poor.
+12 # ehutch 2011-03-10 10:28
Quoting techman:
Finally the republicans did what should have been done years ago. Without these kind of measures, public Unions (not private Unions) will drive us into bankrupcy in a matter of years. Most of these people do not care what happens to anything other their own pockets. Take for example the fact that when there are layoffs the young teachers go first. Please, you DEMOCRATS who read this, show me one private non Unionized enterprize where the young people go first when a restructuring takes place and I will join a Union.

We all stand on the shoulders of those that came before us. To dispose of the elders because they cost more due to seniority is to deny the progress that has been made over generations. Join the union if you value the 40 hr week, overtime, minimum wage, paid leave, holidays, and the ban on child workers. Unions aren't perfect but corporate greed knows no bounds.
+4 # fredboy 2011-03-10 07:14
Our response is simple:

Boycott all Wisconsin travel, goods, and services.
+19 # Glen 2011-03-10 07:44
Boycotting "Wisconsin travel, goods, and services" would be punishing exactly those who are losing their rights. We wouldn't really want them to lose their jobs. It is the workers who are providing those goods and services, after all.
+12 # SouthBrun 2011-03-10 07:22
"THE MAN" has stuck it to us. Listen for the other shoe to drop in Wisconsin. This is the silly season and they are drunk on tea. A new and sober day shall rise. Not in retribution, but in a return to people's rights.
+11 # jacdav 2011-03-10 08:00
Well, the velvet glove is off & mailed fist revealed! Since the Rethuglicans will not compromise- this and other greedhead policies will prevail UNLESS WE ELECT FOLKS WHO ARE ANSWERABLE TO WE THE PEOPLE, not the few, the "entitled", the rapaciously greedy.
This is NOT the country I defended, it is a sham of the America I believe in...The system will work, but it requires INFORMED, INVOLVED citizens.
Often the truth is adulterated by the elete-owned media & watered down by political correctness. This must stop.
It is difficult to navigate when you do not have an accurate map.
WI - God Help You! Please at least recall the SOB's and for God's Sake do NOT elect any more of their ILK.
For the rest of us-- we now know the direction & intent..and some of the tactics.. time to unass and stop this theft of our rights before it spreads.
+6 # SouthBrun 2011-03-10 08:01
Where have all the Unions gone? Long time passing
Where have all the Unions gone? Long time ago
Where have all the flowers gone?Repuibs have killed them every one
When will they ever learn?When will they ever learn?

Where have all the Unions gone? Long time passing
Where have all the Unions gone? Long time ago
Where have all the Unions gone? Gone to graveyards every one
When will they ever learn? When will they ever learn?
0 # Songbird 2011-03-13 14:44
I'm not a Donkey or Elephant I'm me I don't like lables put on me. I must agree with SouthBrun for speak the truth. As you know I will always have the 5th even if they say we don't have that right any more. The heck I don't. I was borned and raised here about 7 miles from the Ohio river thats how I know about the Unions.
+14 # colpow 2011-03-10 08:09
I have been watching news programs for weeks trying to find decent coverage of the events in Wisconsin. Only Libya. I guess that's more important. Someone tell me, where are the lawyers? Walker is treading on illegal waters.
+14 # BBFmail 2011-03-10 08:11
The Republicans in WI have pretty much assured by turning off so many Independent voters (me included)..that after the upcoming presidential election...a Democrat will be in the WH for another 4 years. This is called..winning the battle but losing the war. What a stupid, stupid lot.
+17 # genierae 2011-03-10 08:22
My heart and spirit are with the people of Wisconsin, I pray that they will stand firm. Republicans have produced a perfect storm with their corporate-owned media, corrupt Supreme Court, rigged elections, and massive amounts of cash. Add to this the timidity of most Democrats, and its easy to see that the odds are very much stacked against the people. But the people have a wild card if they choose to use it, one that can make all the difference in the world. Its called a general strike. No it won't be easy, it will cause a great deal of turmoil, but if it is sustained indefinitely, the people will prevail. Wisconsin holds the honor of being the birthplace of unions, they cannot allow that honor to be disrespected. They fought long and hard to gain union rights, they must fight just as hard to keep them. Solidarity forever!
+17 # genierae 2011-03-10 08:38
The blatant contempt that these plutocrats have for the rest of us, should serve as a goad to drive us forward in our efforts to unseat them. They're not even trying to hide their scorn. Beware Michiganders, Republicans are working to pass a law there that will allow them to dissolve town governments and replace them with corporations. Privatizing small-town governments, can you imagine? They want to turn this country into a for-profit business, and they will not stop until we are all run off our property and into the poorhouse. They've already suggested using vacant prisons for the poor to live in. They will lock us in of course, for our own protection. Its backs against the wall time, these people are vicious egomaniacs and they are dead serious. "Now is the time for all good (people) to come to the aid of their country."
+13 # CL38 2011-03-10 08:44
It's time to recall Scott Walker and the other state governors and senators who've voted for and pushed this through.

That's a message they'll hear.
+20 # mtnview 2011-03-10 08:52
We are all Wisconsin.
+15 # DPM 2011-03-10 09:19
Michigan's governor is attempting the same thing. Not with unions, but preferential treatment of his rich cronies and contributors, while sticking it to the rest of the people.
I'll be marching in Lansing on Tuesday.
+6 # fredboy 2011-03-10 09:45
Glen. A boycott is the only way to get their attention.
You've tried marching, demanding, etc.
And they ignore you.
If the nation, by boycotting, tells them they are wrong and will not be supported, they may get it. They may understand. And the people there may wake up and elect sane legislators.
If not, live with it: We can't and won't support a state that would do this to its workers.
You will counter, saying good companies will be hurt. Well where are the "good companies'" voices in all this? Silent. Keeping a low profile. All while knowing the next step is to attack private sector unions and jobs.
Again, boycott Wisconsin travel, goods, and services.
Wake the people--the voters--up.
+8 # ehutch 2011-03-10 10:42
Boycott Wall Street and the oil companies that paid for the governor and the Republican legislators.

If a hundred million people didn't use any credit card for a month, and didn't drive unless the travel was absolutely necessary for a month it would be more effective than not eating cheese, or other boycott that will damage the people of WI..
+2 # Glen 2011-03-10 19:22
You will notice, fredboy, I did not say companies. I said people. People will be hurt. People will lose their jobs, even those who work for small companies, yes, if there is a misdirected boycott.

Citizens are fighting for their lives, their jobs, their dignity. If the rest of us are not careful in how we fight back, we could easily make things much worse for the "average guy" in any state that is facing this type of dictatorial maneuvers.

Be smart. Be careful. Don't fall into the ploys of the corrupt government and wealthy who are making every effort to divide citizens and force those citizens to pay for the corruption of the wealthy. Naomi Klein described the situation that we are going to be dealing with, quite nicely.
+20 # Kayjay 2011-03-10 09:55
First, give these GOP legislators doing Koch's work, the boot next fall. And then organize a civil recall movement to rid the state of Walker. Get some Dems back in house and behind the governor's desk and then write new bills to negate what has been shoved down their throat. But most of all....DO NOT EASE UP ON PROTESTS. The fat cats count on helplessness and apathy from the masses, even though we outnumber them.
+13 # Kayjay 2011-03-10 10:28
Woe to us if Koch's war on the working class is successful in other states. What kind of nation will we live in? Why the USA will be home to thrving "gated" corporations and mega-homes of fatcats, while surrounded by Hoovervilles. If the GOP agenda is successful, someday we may see "our huddled masses" streaming to other shores as refugees. RECALL, and then pass new bills to right a wrong.
+4 # pointykitty 2011-03-10 10:55
I live in Milwaukee. I cannot express the rage and sadness I feel about this debacle. Walker has already tried this in Milwaukee, taking illegal union busting action which the courts later sorted out (costing Milwaukee an additional $250-500K). Though it would hurt WI in the short run, a nationwide boycott of WI may be the only way to show the supporters of Walker and his ilk that what they have done is not good for business.
+4 # Buckles 2011-03-10 11:20
Oh , ATEN the Sun God, I pray to you for another year of my life to be able to see the demise of the Walker regime. WW2 Vet
+1 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-03-10 12:47
Quoting Buckles:
Oh , ATEN the Sun God, I pray to you for another year of my life to be able to see the demise of the Walker regime. WW2 Vet

Mr. Buckles, I have no idea if your related to the last American from WW1 who die recently, Buckles.. God bless him and you and I'm almost to the point in my life that living is going to be a painful unmovable bitch. Thanks to Vietnam. Many tried to kill me there and I'm still standing and always wondered why.. Guess it's because of now... I'm old enough to go and take a few more with me for company. The Republican party needs to go away, forever. formally, Cpl. Pierson, 101st and Son of the American Revolution..Pvt . Shadrack Ray Pierson, 1st Virginia, Valley Forge..My many times grandfather Shadrack would be calling all us, suckers!
+2 # Harry Canary 2011-03-10 12:03
"commander in chief" walker proved himself to be controlled by and in the pay of forces other than the people who elected him. That should be grounds for impeachment. "commander in chief" walker was elected to represent the people of the state of Wisconsin. david koch is not a resident of the state of Wisconsin. "commander in chief" walker should not be working to enrich him or further his interests. That is a violation fo his oath of office and he should be impeached, arrested and sent to prison for his corruption.
+5 # Windy126 2011-03-10 12:14
I cannot remember a more black day in all my 70 years. It is a bright sunny day here
but it is sure gloomy to me. Scott Walker has sold his soul to the devil and wants the rest of us to join him in what awaits him. I have already signed the recall petition to recall my State Sen Luther Olson. Remember that name, hopefully it will never be on another ballot in Wisconsin. This entire experience of protest, recalls etc has been awesome. Democracy in work. Lets not let it be the last time in our history.
The next election don't let one person you know not vote. I have even told total strangers that they need to vote. This is what happens when you don't vote.
I have a 5 year old autistic grandson. Scott Walker is not only making sure he does not get the basic education he needs but he wants to take away his benefits for medical care. When he was participating in a protest rally he wanted to know what it was all about. I told him it was to ensure he could work when he grows up. He said,"That's what I want when I grow up a job to go to."
The Koch brothers and the tea potty don't give a rats posterior for people like him.
We are returning to Nazi Germany only in Wisconsin. How much longer before homeless hoards are going to be roaming our roads looking for food and shelter.
Anyone have a hand out?
-5 # jefffillmore 2011-03-10 13:14
I still don't belive that public (govt) empolyees should have the right to have a union. The media makes it sound like it's just teachers being attacked. It's about all un-elected, taxpayer feed, public employees. It's not fair to the private sector that govt. workers make more than their tax paying employer.
0 # angelfish 2011-03-10 14:20
Government Workers do NOT make more than their private sector counterparts. It was UNIONS that stopped Child Labor, instituted a 40 hour work week, a living wage, and things like Worker's Compensation, Health Insurance, OSHA and Paid Vacations. Would you go BACK to the days when the Worker had NO protection from the owners? I certainly wouldn't! Don't you see what the Mega-wealthy "Me First-ers" are doing? They got the Supreme Court to declare Corporations "people" so they can now Buy and Sell us at will with no legal intervention on behalf of the REAL people who have heartbeats! WAKE UP!
+3 # Glen 2011-03-10 19:37
What it is about, jefffillmore, is the wealthy removing any voice or advocate group that would intervene when corporate or government vultures want to suck workers for every dime to pay for the total f**kovers of those workers by the wealthy.

Those folks are working on you, and dividing all of us, to resent those you mention in your post. Don't fall for it.
-2 # Yachtsman 2011-03-10 18:32
Jeffillmore -- I totally agree with you. In fact, collective bargaining is a huge conflict of interest. Who do the unions bargain with? -- The very people they may have put in office with their political contributions. Does that sound like a good idea? And what do the government negotiators have to offer the union? Nothing -- it's my money and your money he's bargaining with.
0 # DPM 2011-03-10 21:44
Well, when your "public" school is privatized and the contract goes to the cheapest bid, what kind of education do you think children will get? By the way. Your taxes, not the taxes of the wealthy, will pay for that company to do it's job however it sees fit to make the greatest profit.
When there is NO regulation on utilities, how do you feel that will affect your heating bill, water quality? You may not feel that government has done a good job, but wait until it is all privatized. Public money is the big prize. So, it is not just about public unions. Don't let yourself be frightened or sidetracked. That has been the weapon used on the public for years and, at least until now, it has worked.

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