Not the union of the republic, but of progressive labour. What would you expect from a community organizer, but organizing “the masses” to keep their entitlements and bloated government. KGS
The teaching president: I want you to support your teachers and their unions, get in your parents’ faces and make it happen.
Obama joins Wisconsin’s budget battle, opposing Republican anti-union bill
By Brady Dennis and Peter Wallsten
Washington Post Staff Writers
Friday, February 18, 2011; 1:01 PM
MADISON, WIS. – President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin’s broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals.
Obama accused Scott Walker, the state’s new Republican governor, of unleashing an “assault” on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers.
The president’s political machine worked in close coordination Thursday with state and national union officials to get thousands of protesters to gather in Madison and to plan similar demonstrations in other state capitals.
Their efforts began to spread, as thousands of labor supporters turned out for a hearing in Columbus, Ohio, to protest a measure from Gov. John Kasich (R) that would cut collective-bargaining rights.
By the end of the day, Democratic Party officials were organizing additional demonstrations in Ohio and Indiana, where an effort is underway to trim benefits for public workers. Some union activists predicted similar protests in Missouri, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Under Walker’s plan, most public workers – excluding police, firefighters and state troopers – would have to pay half of their pension costs and at least 12 percent of their health-care costs. They would lose bargaining rights for anything other than pay. Walker, who took office last month, says the emergency measure would save $300 million over the next two years to help close a $3.6 billion budget gap.
NOTE: Bust these unions
I have been a union member all of my working life, these fools in Wis. will be responsible for many of their union brothers and sisters loosing their jobs. Many states are broke and in the red , differences must be worked out at the bargaining table during negotiations not in the gutter. The time has come to compromise, these workers contribute very little for their benefits and pension. IMHO this is nothing more than street thug politics, using the students as useful idiots and dupes, if this protest were held on a Saturday the ‘youths’ would be hard to find. In my state paid 1/3 and would have happily paid more. Besides being public workers these folks are also tax payers and are the first to bitch and moan when taxes are raised to cover governmental costs. Unlike the Federal government the states cannot print their own money. The time has come for real thrift and austerity, some short term pain for long term gain.