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Wisconsin Union Law Back and Recalls Heat Up

Wisconsin Union Law Back and Recalls Heat Up

The roller coaster ride in Wisconsin is far from over as yesterday the Wisconsin Supreme Court re-instated Gov. Walker’s union-busting bill, reversing a district court decision that held the law had been improperly passed.

The decision avoids the need for lawmakers to call for a new vote on the collective bargaining measure, a move many Republicans were particularly grateful for.  Given the conservative makeup of the Court, the ruling was expected though still disappointing.

But the decision is not likely to take the pressure of Republicans in the state anytime soon.  A new poll released shows Gov. Walker’s popularity is at an all-time low with at least half of the state favoring recalling the Governor.  That same poll shows Walker losing to either Russ Feingold or Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in a hypothetical future match.

Recall efforts against six GOP senators also took a major leap forward as EMILY’s List endorsed five candidates in those recall elections.  Here’s how you can help get involved.

If Wisconsin has showed us anything it is that these are battles progressives need to willing to fight long-term.  Wisconsin is simply one state in a national strategy of permanently disenfranchising Democratic voters and eradicating decades of gains by the middle-class.  One decision in one state is simply that–one state and one decision.  It’s not about winning every battle.  It’s about winning the war.

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9:44PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

nothing is free. you pay for what you get even unions. If I had a union on the jobs I had, I would never leave them. But with no checks and balances you are screwed. They do anything to you they can get away with. Another thing; there are people who are not trouble makers and do their jobs and bad things happen to them. And others who go along to get along no matter who it hurts are the suck ups who look out for their self interests. I vote unions. cancer clusters bad water what's do you prefer?

5:38PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

They also have the Freedom to not accept the gains the union gets with its bargaining rights. The union works to improve the workers pay and benefits. If you don't pay, you should not get the benefits earned.

12:52PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

If the Unions say they represent "Freedom of Choice", then why don't people have the choice of whether to belong or not! Why do people have to pay dues and belong when they don't want to? Answer this one.......

10:40AM PDT on Jun 19, 2011

Are the people trying to recall the Hitler wanna-be, the same idiots who voted him in in the first place? How fickle and short sighted people are. You vote conservative-and this is what you get. And you deserve it for being so stupid in the first place.

3:43PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Scott Walker is a douche, recall him already!

12:54PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

It's not only wrong but dangerously stupid for people to claim that workers don't have the right to organize unions. Adam Smith in the Wealth of Nations, explicitly stated labor can be bargained for and contracted into the future just like any other commodity. To infringe upon the rights of individuals to organize is to infringe upon the wage and price elasticity of the free market. People who do this have flunked out of Econ. 101.

10:46AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

The thing is, these Tea Party members think they are doing the Right thing for America, but they're not. They will become 3rd world US Citizens along with the rest of us if they keep supporting the Republicans' agenda. They are being royally USED by the Koch Brothers and the Rightwingers in power and they don't even Realize it!

9:16AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

In the article below titled "Eight Steps to Becoming Dictator." We can clearly see in step 5 how Hitler banned the trade unions. You see, unions represent "freedom of choice," in the United States of America. "The republicans and the tea party pretend that they are all for freedom, yet they seek more and more repressive laws, designed only to control the lives of Americans." The agenda of the right-wing seems to be the intent to destroy America and then blame it on the democrats, to further their purpose of complete control of the nation. Americans need to stand up for their rights and unmask the wolf in sheep's clothing which is the republican-tea party conservative right-wing movement. Nationwide, we need to vote out the republican party and their tea party cronies, or we all may indeed, face a bleak future one day in the future!

Eight Steps to Becoming Dictator

http://www.johndclare.net/Nazi_Germany1.htm

6:47AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Unions help your labor laws to be inforced. i remember a person who went on vacation and returned to find ou that while they were on va-k that they got rid of certain protective gear that only they could use to prevent asthma attacks. Upon making that re known and looking for reasonable accommendations, they were told they had to go home suspended for refusing to do an assignment. Which was a lie. Instead they asked to go to employee health and was sent. The results of having no union. They were told they were not required to supply them reasonable accomendations, that was not what the law said. So they by themselves fought to stay employed. The compromise: wear the old under the allergic one and smother and still have allegic reactions and asthma attacks. companies will get away with anything they can for their bottom line. doesn't make a difference about fairness, life and death issues. Unions help enforce the labor laws. When I was young, first stint with racism; I was told tell the supervisor, you don't have a leg to stand on. Come to find out they were lovers, I quit the company of good pay to go work somewhere else for peacesake. The company I left I made a decent wage but no union. If you have a good boss great. How long can you guarantee that? Stick with your union.

6:47AM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

Unions help your labor laws to be inforced. i remember a person who went on vacation and returned to find ou that while they were on va-k that they got rid of certain protective gear that only they could use to prevent asthma attacks. Upon making that re known and looking for reasonable accommendations, they were told they had to go home suspended for refusing to do an assignment. Which was a lie. Instead they asked to go to employee health and was sent. The results of having no union. They were told they were not required to supply them reasonable accomendations, that was not what the law said. So they by themselves fought to stay employed. The compromise: wear the old under the allergic one and smother and still have allegic reactions and asthma attacks. companies will get away with anything they can for their bottom line. doesn't make a difference about fairness, life and death issues. Unions help enforce the labor laws. When I was young, first stint with racism; I was told tell the supervisor, you don't have a leg to stand on. Come to find out they were lovers, I quit the company of good pay to go work somewhere else for peacesake. The company I left I made a decent wage but no union. If you have a good boss great. How long can you guarantee that? Stick with your union.

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