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Thu Feb 26, 2015, 08:17 AM

 

The Progressive: Scott Walker: Big, Bold, and Wrong

http://www.progressive.org/news/2015/02/188016/scott-walker-big-bold-and-wrong


But don’t expect a repeat of the historic protests of 2011. Walker’s successful drive to effectively do away with collective bargaining by public employees is having one very visible effect: teachers—who led the massive rallies against Act 10—can no longer get out of school for a day to march in protest. Nor can they attend hearings on the destruction of unions, or, for that matter, on Walker’s massive budget cuts to schools.

“Most of our members can’t take a personal day now to stand up for their partners in labor, because it’s a one-sided situation in our schools,” says Christina Brey of the Wisconsin Education Council (WEAC).

“Even for hearings on budgets, in the past, educators could have a union day or a personal day to testify,” says Brey. “Now they are doubly removed from the process. They are no longer at the bargaining table, and they can’t get to Madison to testify. This was the plan all along—to disempower workers.

Union membership in Wisconsin has plummeted on Walker’s watch, which weakens labor’s political power. That’s good for Republicans, since unions are the only significant financial and organizing power pushing back against the corporations and billionaires who bankroll Republicans like Walker.

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 09:52 AM

1. If I had a friend that said they would cover my back when trouble happened and then

disappeared every single time trouble occured I would not have that friend for long. That is the story of Unions. Unions are supposed to support each other. They do not and because of that they will be cast aside by their foes one at a time.. Either Unions unify and stand tall as one or they go by the wayside.. Simple as that..Right now Unions are as far apart as Republicans and Democrats are.

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Response to Bandit (Reply #1)

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 11:04 AM

2. That has been the plan all along. "Divide and Conquer."

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Response to Scuba (Original post)

Thu Feb 26, 2015, 11:06 AM

3. One small step for Walker, one giant leap for Divide and Conquer.

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