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Uprising in Wisconsin: Tens of Thousands Protest Anti-Union Bill, as Wisconsin Lawmakers Leave State to Stall Vote

In English on 2011/02/20 at 18:26

Well, what happened is last November we had an election and the Republicans did very well, they elected a governor and took control of both houses of the legislature. In January, they passed a whole host of tax cuts for multi-national, out of state corporations. And then at the start of February they announced we are broke, and as a result, they implemented, or brough forward a plan that would ultimately cut the pay, cut the benefits, cut the pensions of public employees and do so by eliminating their collective bargaining rights. The interesting thing is this is not just state employees, this is also county and city employees, and teachers. They had a sweeping bill that came forward just last Friday, it was not something that was anticipated. They were going to vote on Thursday.

What is starting to happen, I believe, is that folks, much beyond the unions here, are beginning to recognize that these unions to a lot more than just represent their workers. They stand up for a public space, for any kind of delivery kind of services for low-income people, middle-class people. And that’s also what a lot of conservative think tanks and very wealthy and powerful players notice as well. They know that if they can undermine the unions, if they can destroy the ability of public employee unions to collectively bargain and to participate in our public process, to petition for the redress of grievances if you will, then they are going to have a dominant power that won’t just go from one election to the next, but could extend for a long time. That’s what this fight is all about.

via Uprising in Wisconsin: Tens of Thousands Protest Anti-Union Bill, as Wisconsin Lawmakers Leave State to Stall Vote.

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