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Leah Fried begins: "As northern states like Wisconsin seek to eliminate collective bargaining rights for public service workers we should examine what it's like to work in states that don't have this basic human right. While right wing pundits declare how great it is to work without collective bargaining, the reality is workers and working class communities are getting a raw deal."

Locked out of the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, the protesters persist. (photo: Getty Images)
Locked out of the Capitol building in Madison, Wisconsin, the protesters persist. (photo: Getty Images)

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+5 # Gary Ray Pierson 2011-03-18 05:37
"You Can’t Fight City Hall- Unless You Have a Union " or unless you own it. This isn't even Australia and we have Kangaroos in damn near every court of the Nation.. garyray
+9 # rf 2011-03-18 06:17
In an atmosphere where even union workers take what they have for granted and vote republican, people will get what they are asking for...too bad we have to go soo far backwards before people wake the hell up!
0 # KittatinyHawk 2011-03-18 17:59
Union personnel all over the USA should start investigating where their pensions and annuities are invested.
Then they should look up who are Republicans, many of the Contractors that get so many give me keep their workers on jobs, move them site to site while brotherhood/sis terhood stays unemployed.
but it is an interesting point of benefits vs pension. Internationals must be investigated. They raise dues and workers aren't working, sound bit like big business, so maybe they are bringing on the worker. America has a lot of standing up to do. Republican Union members should be thrown out. Let them work at the trade without the Union.They are like tenured teachers, problem not the solution. Many of the International Bigs are Republicans.
+6 # Doris Wilson 2011-03-18 08:54
South Carolina wasn't mentioned as one of those states where public employees and teachers have no collective bargaining rights, but the situation is often worse than North Carolina's.
+8 # granny 2011-03-18 09:26
Wisconsin may well be getting the punishment for the many non-voting citizens who didn't care enough to learn about Walker's sleezy and questionable past (beginning during his college years at Marquette and then get their lazy butts to the polls last November.
-15 # Ted Fernandez 2011-03-18 09:29
It is not the Money, the United States spends more money on education per pupil than any other country except one. So you understand lets say it again, the United States is ranked 20th in education but spends at the rate of 2nd in the world per pupil in the world. What is wrong with this picture? And with this record why are we importing legally or illegally a million people per year to do the jobs those that do not graduate from HS will need? The problem is not the money it is the Government Schools, the private and home schooled students do much better. We must remove the government from schools and prepare children for the rest of their life. Vouchers is one solution and more private schools are another. Privatizing school systems are also a good direction to take and make them profitable. You can now send your child to a private school for less money per pupil than the government is spending per pupil. But, you must pay for both!!!! Time to change and stop the cycle of government paying the teachers and teachers giving the politicians large amounts of money to be elected and give them huge pensions and salaries..... and guarantying them their jobs for life. The Government is destroying our country by cheating our children by not allowing them to achieve a good education.
We now have schools for adults not children $$$$$$$ TED
+6 # NEFTI17 2011-03-18 12:12
don't believe fox and their vouchers please.....
0 # Robert Griffin 2011-03-23 14:29
I was _well_ _served_ with a public school education in the Los Angeles Unified School District in the 1960s, graduating from high school in 1972.

Students in public schools here no longer receive the quality of education I got. It sounds like you are advocating continuing the processes of the past 35 years.

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