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Excerpt: "You need not be a devotee of Fox News Channel or Rush Limbaugh to believe that Americans despise the unions that represent cops, teachers (especially teachers!) and firefighters. You might reasonably believe that simply because far more authoritative news sources have repeatedly suggested it."

The entrance to Democratic Rep. Brett Hulsey's office, covered in notes of support at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, 02/26/11. (photo: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal/AP)
The entrance to Democratic Rep. Brett Hulsey's office, covered in notes of support at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin, 02/26/11. (photo: John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal/AP)

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+26 # DPM 2011-03-06 23:57
Wisconsin is only the first fight on the march to restore honor, equality and dignity to the people of this country, by taking away the purchasing power of the mega wealthy and greedy corporate moguls. By returning transparency, such as it can be, to politics and politicians. Wisconsin is but one battle in this war. Labor but one issue. If we lose, we hand ourselves and our children over as slaves.
On Wisconsin. On U.S.A.
+12 # Ken Hall 2011-03-07 01:17
We're with you, DPM! To the barricades, mes amis! If you can't join the demonstrators in Madison, PLEASE join a demonstration in your local area!
0 # RANDRAND 2011-03-08 23:48
All you have to imagine is what society has done to the security guard industry-and relate it to every middle-class job. It is unregulated-exc ept for corporate profit, no benefits, maximum abuse, arbitrary hiring and firing, and horrendous conditions and schedules which ensure poor health and shortened work careers. This does not even take into account the job risks, and the absolute lack of real security for any client! The 'RIGHT TO WORK" states are wholly manipulated by corporate pigs-for-profit s, and envision totality of slave labor control-such as GOVERNOR RICK SCOTT, in Florida--a man without vision, except for "corporate whoresmanship" and greed corruption. He cares not about job creation, public services, OR SECURITY ON ANY LEVEL! LET US START USING OUR PREROGATIVE AS ARMED CITIZENS AND SAY THE FIRST CUTS IN SERVICES IN FLORIDA SHOULD BE GOVERNOR SCOTT'S PROTECTION SECURITY-AND THEN THE OUTSOURCED CONTRACTS OF THE SECURITY GUARD COMPANIES WHO MAKE THEIR BONES ON THE BACKS OF POOR WORKERS! LET US TAKE A REVOLUTION OF NON-COMPLIANCE TO ----THEM!
+9 # bubbiesue 2011-03-07 00:42
Here in Wisconsin we have our own "W", and I do mean the governor, not the state. He appears about as astute as the other.

But recall petitions are out on the 8 eligible Republican members of the State Senate. (Yes, the Republicans have done the same to Democrats.) There's one distinction. Some of those Republicans were elected by slim margins, which makes them more vulnerable to replacement by a Democrat. It will be a few weeks yet until the election, but it makes me wonder what W will do when faced with a divided legislature.
+5 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-03-07 13:41
The primary difference between the petitions against the Rethuglicans and the ones against the Democrats, is that the former were started by Wisconsin citizens, and, according to the article I read a few days ago, the latter were started by a group from Utah. THAT should be illegal. What right do citizens from another state have to start recall petitions against people where they can't even vote?

That's something that needs to pass in every state, that local elections cannot be influenced by groups outside the election district ... financially or otherwise.
+14 # Reductio Ad Absurdum 2011-03-07 00:56
Any person who's ever bitched about not being in control of their lives and their destinies because the powerful make sure they don't get a break needs to get on board with bringing the curtain down on Scott Walker's theater of political thuggery. This IS a defining historic moment. This is where the mop flops one way or the other. And if you choose to be ambivalent about the union-busting in Wisconsin, you have no right to bitch about being someone's bitch — ever again.
+6 # X Dane 2011-03-07 02:22
Loose in Wisconsin...... .. say goodbye to the White House..... FOREVER. For democrats will be so demolished and the corporations TOTALLY IN CONTROL.
+9 # Rara Avis 2011-03-07 06:48
It sure feels, looks, walks, and talks like union busting to those of us in public sector unions out here in Wisconsin. Unless a settlement is reached the union busting bill proposed and passed already by the Wisconsin Assembly awaits only a Senate vote and Governor Walker's signature.

And there was a lot of union busting talk at the start of this mess in other places too. Somebody was talking to somebody else about it in the Republican Party somewhow or someway.

Suddenly Governor's Christie and Kasich are silent or even supportive of collective bargaining. An anti-collective bargaining bill did pass in Ohio.

Right to work laws are on the agenda in dozens of states.

No union busting? What drugs is this guy taking? To those of us who are union workers in Wisconsin the threat is real, we feel it and it is a reality we are dealing with right now.

Ast the Wisconsin 14 why they remain in Illinois. You think they like the place that much?
+3 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-03-07 13:44
Oregon would be a better place for them than Illinois. It's turning to spring here, and we have a Democratic governor.
+9 # genierae 2011-03-07 09:27
Unions are one thing that we cannot do without in our struggle to take our country back. They are already organized, they just need to be supported. If not for unions, American workers would have made no progress over the years in creating better wages and working conditions. We would not have a 40-hour week, vacations, overtime pay, sick days, pensions, health insurance, etc. It cannot be denied that unions put the common good first, unlike the rich elites who care only about themselves and their big, fat bank accounts.
+3 # genierae 2011-03-07 10:28
I forgot to add: On Wisconsin!!! I will support you in my own local way.
+5 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-03-07 13:46
Unions are the _only_ organization strong enough to stand up against the corporate politics from the Reich-wing.
+6 # Linda 2011-03-07 10:04
Arizona is a right to work state and take a look at what is going on there. Jobs for the average person pay so little that a person living in there with this high cost of living can't support themselves on those wages let alone a family .There is no minimum wage they can pay you whatever they want !Slave labor comes to mind when I think of a right to work state .
+5 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-03-07 13:55
There _is_ a Federal minimum wage, but it is below a living wage.

I read recently that, to equal the buying power of the 1968 minimum wage, we would need to raise the current minimum to $10 an hour. That was several months ago, and prices have continued to go up.

Doing some calculating, that means the $2.00 an hour I was making in 1969, is equivalent to the $12.50 I was making at my last job ... meaning I haven't actually had a raise in 40 years. A living wage in my county is over $14.00 an hour for a couple with no children. (My wife's son in the Navy is actually helping us with the mortgage.)
+3 # Regina 2011-03-07 15:24
This means that AZ is in violation of the federal minimum wage law. But hey, AZ doesn't need to obey any federal laws, they think. Next time I have to cross over from CA I'll bring my passport, since AZ is now a different country.
-17 # skylinefirepest 2011-03-07 10:46
If unions are so great why do only six percent of the private sector employees belong to one?? If you are loyal, dependable, and do good work then what the hell do you need to belong to a union for?? I'm not swayed by the bull hockey about, if not for the unions we would all be working twenty hour days for a buck an hour with no benefits. Employers cannot afford to treat their employees badly in the age of communication. Get a grip people, the unions have acted badly for years and been supported by people who have no faith in their ability. Some of the union people I know ( not all by any stretch ) are so lazy that they couldn't keep a job if not for the unions protecting their laziness!!
+4 # BradFromSalem 2011-03-07 12:37
Unions actually protect good hard working people of accusations that they are lazy. That can be used by the boss person if they don't like someone.

Unions are in free fall in America because our Corporate Masters don't want them. They want to pay people as little as piossible, Unions level the playing field. Nobody has ever been evaluated solely on their ability; and money, power and sex all drive humans to make decisions that are not fair. Unions level the playing field, just a bit.
+6 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-03-07 13:11
Because union participation has been SQUASHED by corporate greed.
0 # genierae 2011-03-08 16:24
Dear pest: I was one of those unionless workers you describe as "loyal, dependable, and do good work", and I was rewarded by an increased workload, stagnant wages, job combinations, forced overtime, rising costs of health insurance to the point that I could no longer afford it, and management behavior which grew increasingly contemptuous. Your attitude is offensive to anyone who knows the good that unions do. Are they perfect? Of course not. But they stand up for their people, fight for them with vigor and persistence, just like they're doing in Wisconsin. My hat is off to them, they are an able instrument of the people that we cannot do without.
0 # Ken Hall 2011-03-09 02:16
Dear PEST: I don't know what your employment situation is, but if you are not self-employed or retired, you should go, hat in hand, to your employer and beg him to let you work 12 hours a day, six days a week, for much reduced pay in unsafe conditions, let's peg your wage to what a Chinese worker makes. By eschewing the benefits that unions have brought to all working people you will gain some legitimacy for your argument. You obviously are deficient in knowledge about the history of the labor movement in the US.
+5 # BradFromSalem 2011-03-07 12:06
This article just shows how lame our media is. It would appear that the media asked a few "experts" to interpret what it all means. These experts are almost always Right Wingers. So of course, the experts give Bizzaro answers. Thus, the polls and actions of the people of WI and other states mean that people hate Unions. Bizzaro!

The media won't contest the experts, since the reporter's bosses aren't happy to deal with Unions, and the circle is complete.

Maybe its a square, this Bizzaro stuff makes me dizzy.
+8 # Progressive_Patriot 2011-03-07 13:10
One truth that is being ignored is that economist David Kay Johnston has found that ALL of the money paid into the pension and health care funds in Wisconsin ARE ALREADY PAID BY THE WORKERS, _NOT_ the taxpayers.

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