Showing posts with label Right to Work. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Right to Work. Show all posts

Sunday, June 29, 2014

D-Day For Unions?

There is a case that is currently in front of the U.S. Supreme Court that has not been getting anywhere nearly the attention it should be getting.  The case is called Harris vs Quinn and it stems from a case in Illinois.

To put the case in a nutshell, in 2003, the State of Illinois passed a law stating that people receiving government funding to take caring of loved ones should be considered to be public employees.  This automatically made them union members.

An anti-union front group that supports the misnamed Right to Work laws and which is sponsored by Big Business has fought this all the way to the Supreme Court, which is expected to release their decision as soon as Monday.

Depending on which way the Supreme Court rules, and how general or specific their decision is, it could mean very bad news for unions all across the nations.  If the decision goes against the unions, as is expected, it would set up a national scenario much like we've seen here in Wisconsin after Scott Walker dropped his Act 10 bomb on the state.  It would greatly weaken the unions and open the door to more exploitation of workers, lower wages, higher levels of poverty and the same stagnant economy we have here in Wisconsin.

Ironically, the bright ray of hope for the unions is the usually anti-union Justice Antonin Scalia:
Conservative Justice Antonin Scalia could prove to be the swing vote, experts say.

In a 1991 Supreme Court case, Scalia argued it is reasonable for unions to collect fees from non-union members to cover their negotiating costs. Then, during oral arguments for Harris vs. Quinn in January, Scalia's questions led some believe he is leaning in this direction once again.

Eisenbrey called Scalia “the hope.”

“In this case, Scalia may actually end up being a swing vote who actually sides with the more liberal members of the court and, of course, workers,” said Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project (NELP).
Even if the Supreme Court does rule against the unions, don't for a minute consider it a kill shot, as some are hyping it to be.

Sure, it will make things more difficult for the unions, but just ask Scott Walker or Chris Abele about how crippled the unions are. Just brace yourself for the outburst of profanities that comes out of their weaselly mouths when you do.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Republican Thugs - Fox News (update)

By Jeff Simpson

A  few months ago, we brought you the story in Michigan, where breitbardt wanna-be Steven Crowder was assaulted by union supporters.   We pointed out that while, Mr. Crowder was just trying to play the innocent victim, he was just a journalist who was trying to get a story, thats not quote how it happened. 

A Michigan County prosecutor, agreed with us!  

Crowder soon filed a police report following the December 11 incident. But the county prosecutor, Stuart Dunnings III, has now said that he will refuse to prosecute. Dunning explained that he viewed an unedited clip of the same situation — captured by The Young Turks — and that it clearly shows that the protester who threw the punch was first pushed down, and that it appears that he was simply acting in self defense against a larger crowd that first attacked him.

 “I’m not holding that against him, but why would they provide the edited video? The longer video clearly shows the guy got pushed down and came up swinging,” said Billings.

Why Indeed? 

Waiting for Fox News to end their relationship with Mr. Crowder, do not hold your breath!  

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Right To Woe Comes To Wisconsin In Piecemeal Fashion

I got home and got inundated with emails and messages all pointing to the same press release jointly released by Senators Chris Larson and Julie Lassa and Representative Sandy Pasch:
A bill being rushed through the Republican-controlled State Legislature is an attack on private sector union bargaining rights, three legislators charged today.

The proposal, sponsored by State Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg), would allow employers to reduce the hours of their union-represented employees without the union’s approval. Democratic legislators charged that the measure is the first blow in an effort to scale back private sector employee bargaining rights.

“Republicans began their war on bargaining rights with Act 10, and with this bill they have now turned their attention to private sector unions,” Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said. “This bill is a clear opening shot at undermining private sector unions.”

“This is the beginning of ‘divide and conquer’ part two,” said State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point). “The Farrow-Brooks bill says that private sector unions shouldn’t be able to negotiate for their members. It’s one more step toward their goal of ending the right of Wisconsin citizens to have their voice heard in the workplace.”

“Sen. Lassa and I have authored legislation that accomplish the essence of AB 15 and SB 26, without increasing the risk of lawsuits or undermining the ability of unions to represent the rights of their members,” said Assistant Assembly Democratic Leader Sandy Pasch (D – Shorewood). “I urge the Republican authors of this flawed legislation to slow down and work with us in a bipartisan manner to ensure that we avoid completely unnecessary conflict and delay in implementing a work-share program.”

Senate Bill 26 and its companion, Assembly Bill 15 were introduced on Friday and were scheduled for public hearings today. Hearing notices indicate that committee votes could come as soon as Thursday. “They’re rushing this bill through to keep it below the radar before members of private sector unions and the public have a chance to react,” Sen. Lassa said.
This bill, as described, will do more than affect the hours that the private sector workers will be allowed.

Having just been through this with Scott Walker's illegal furloughs, which he used to give Milwaukee County employees up to 26 furlough days, it can affect their other benefits, such as seniority, pension and health care coverage. This legislation is a bit more than the beginning of Right to Woe laws, it's actually a watered down version of it.

No wonder the cowards are trying to ram this through with as little attention as possible.

They know that this will make the people rise up again.

But something tells me that they have more than a bunch of pissed off people showing up at the Capitol. They will need to answer to their corporate masters when Labor shuts the state down.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

That Was Then, This Is Now!

By Jeff Simpson

Right before the Holidays in Michigan, a bunch of lame duck republicans forced through a "right-to-work" law.    Despite campaigning against it and the thousands of protestors who showed up to voice their objections, Governor Rick Snyder signed the bill into law.   

 “This is about more and better jobs coming to Michigan because a lot of companies do look at this as a major factor in their analysis. We’ll then be more competitive as a state and that’s good for all of us. It’s good for workers and good for unions, because it gives them more of an opportunity to grow themselves,” Snyder said.

Snyder was so proud of it that bought a $144,000 full page ad in the New York Times to apparently, tell New York how great he was in signing this bill.  (In a state that has an emergency fiscal manager law for fiscally irresponsible entities,  there is no word yet on when Snyder will be appointing his own replacement!)

However less than 6 weeks after signing the RTW law, Snyder is now changing his tune.    Asking the people who he just forced a bevy of crazy right wing big government screw the middle class bills, to stop thinking about the past 6 weeks and give him a clean slate and pretend December 2012 never happened!

“Over 90 percent of the jobs that you’re looking at aren’t going to be in a situation where right to work is even relevant,” Snyder said in the hotel’s Ambassador Ballroom. “Let’s keep in mind what the economy is really about. Why not embrace the great things going on and be more positive?

“Let’s not live in the Michigan of the past where we fought. Let’s learn from it and recognize that we’re in the Michigan of 2013, but let’s be planning for the Michigan of 2025 and a great place for all of these young people.”
Snyder just wants all of MI to live in a peaceful bipartisan way(now that the crazy is out) but let us hope the voters/taxpayers of MI never forget what Snyder's brand of crazy has brought them!

A picture is worth a thousand words!  

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

AFP Cries "WOLF" (again)!

We know that Americans for Prosperity likes to celebrate, when the majority of American people are feeling pain.    They also(like all of our friends on the right) love to play the victim.  

We all know the mess that's happening in Michigan at the moment as a lame duck legislature has to ram through right-to-work(for less) legislation quickly before the new Legislature comes in and they no longer have the votes to pass it..  

Well AFP has on their website how upset they would be if Congress tried to pass something major in their lame duck session

Americans for Prosperity (AFP) has released an entertaining computer game called Lame Duck Hunt based on the old-school Nintendo ‘Duck Hunt’ game to inform the public about the bad economic policies retiring and defeated members of Congress could push through in December, the final month of the 112th Congress.

Yet a bunch of right wing extremist republicans, who were voted out already, have decided to use the lame duck Michigan legislature to ram through Right to Work for less legislation IN an hour and half discussion.    Of course if this was a bill that actually helped the people of MI, AFP would be besides themselves upset, instead they celebrate.    This bill brought such incredibly anti democratic thug tactics to the  Michigan Capitol as

 This is how republicans ram through bills in America these days(h/t Randy Bryce for the pic). 

To be fair, its not like the Michigan republican party knew what they were passing as they certainly did not write the bill.   If they were not smart enough to write the bill themselves, I doubt they were smart enough to actually read and comprehend it. 

All of this politics going on that would make Fidel Castro and Joseph Stalin proud also appeals to Americans for Prosperity so much they set up tents to party!   The problem is they did not use Union Labor to put them up correctly. 

Luckily, most people who are paying attention, know that when the republicans cry wolf, there is usually not a wolf in sight!  Thanks to Capper for this catch!

When you have an organization run by someone as vile as Tim Phillips, what would you expect I guess.  Americans for Prosperity/Freedomworks has become so extreme it has even chased far right ex horrible congressman Dick Armey away

Unfortunately in Wisconsin we are used to these tactics, as they will use their own kids as pawns to score political points.  We also know that the republican minority,  has "right-to-work" (for less) legislation ready to go here.   

Now we will see if the Wisconsin republican minority in the legislature wants to "out right wing", or if they will slow their take down the Wisconsin middle class agenda.  

Capper has much more detail here!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Freedom To FreeLoad!

"Unions have not only helped build a stronger middle class, but a stronger America." -President Obama

Michigan state Rep. Tim Greimel (D) explains the "right-to-work" laws better than anyone I have heard in this current battle!

While supporters of the bill say it will make for a fairer workplace by making union fees voluntary for non-union workers, Greimel told MSNBC host Chris Jansing that such dues are already voluntary, alluding to provisions in the National Labor Relations Act saying that non-union members who are covered by a collective barganing agreement either join a union or pay what’s called an “agency fee.”

“What this law would do is, it would allow those who benefit from a collective bargaining agreement to avoid paying their fair share,” Greimel said. “That’s why I don’t call it this ‘right-to-work,’ I call it a freedom to freeload law.”

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Tim Greimel,

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Right To Work, But No Right To Respect

Stole this infographic off of Facebook:

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Some of the right wing propagandists will try to tell you this gives workers the freedom from being forced into joining unions.

Unsurprisingly, they are either grossly misinformed or downright liars or both.

Workers always had the right to opt out of an union.  There's a federal law regarding that.

What this does is takes away your right to be in a union if you chose to do so.

Or in other words, as with all of the other oppressive laws that the Teapublicans love, this does nothing to give people rights, it takes them away.

What they need to do is pass a right to work with respect law.

This is A Democrat!

On this blog you will never find us say all democrats are good, we have pointed out the flaws of many in the Democratic party,(even if it doesn't happen to the extreme or regularity of the republican party).

However I especially like to point out quality politicians since they are so rare.

This is what the Founders had in mind when they set up our Constitutionally Limited Democratic Republic(what is going on on Michigan is exactly what they fought against):

At least not all Michigan republicans are insane and anti-democratic, I wonder if there are any elected members of the republican minority, in our state that would have that kind of courage! 

The way right to work works against public education, I highly doubt it! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

This Is What Fascism Looks Like!

Today, in Michigan, the Teapublicans showed their true colors.

The lame duck fascists introduced a Right To Bust Unions Law and passed it through both houses, all within hours.  They did so because some Republicans were breaking ranks and they had lost a lot of seats in the last election, so they felt it was now or never.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, who said he wouldn't sign it, already has his pen out and will sign off on it the minute it hits his desk.

To keep the people from having a voice in the matter, they took a page from Scott Walker and the Wisconsin fascists by locking down their capitol and assaulting people exercising their Right of Free Speech.

David Dayen at FDL has a very good break down of what happened and how it happened.

Or, for the illiterate (see Teapublicans) here it is in a nutshell:

So where do they go from here? Who knows?

Odds are that this has been done illegally and that they already have attorneys digging into it looking for every possible way to take it down. 

I just wonder if the people will wait long enough for it to work it's way through the courts.  This is exactly the sort of fascism that causes open revolts and general strikes.

At the risk of speaking for my co-authors, Cog Dis stands in Solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Michigan.

Also, take this to heart.  If you haven't realized that you cannot trust the Teapublicans by now, you're either one of them or a fool, but I repeat myself.  You can fully expect that Walker and his cohorts in corruption and crime will not only pass Right to Bust Unions Law, but also end same day registration, dismantle the GAB, allow the mining companies to rape the land and pollute the waters and air, and just about any other nightmare you care to name.

Are you ready to do what is necessary when that time comes?

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Wisconsin Is Open For What Kind Of Business?

So, now the voters have given Scott Walker a carte blanche to do whatever he wants, we can expect them to try to push making Wisconsin a right-to-work-for-less state, which also means that we will have no rights to being treated fairly by our employers either.

Just like what happened in Oklahoma, another right-to-work-for-less state:
The CEO of a Christian book and music publishing company in Oklahoma prayed with his employees before a recent all-hands meeting, then went ballistic over an anonymous email he received and fired 25 people. (The email is posted below, along with a recording of the meeting.)

“It’s not fair, it’s not right, but that’s the reality of the situation,” said Tate Publishing CEO Ryan Tate.
The email in question was calling Tate out for his hypocrisy about the way he treated his employees. If you listen to the recording, you will find out that Tate was also stalking his employees Facebook pages.

And this is our future.

Wisconsin, you have chosen poorly.

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Maybe We Can Be Like Indiana

Our "friends" on the right love to point out that if we do not do everything Scott Walker tells us to(which in reality is what the Koch Brothers want) then we will be just like Illinois.    Forgetting the fact that Illinois is at least adding jobs and the fact that there are more than two ways to do things(the Illinois Way or the koch brothers way), lets look at what if we followed someone who they greatly admire.   Right To Work Indiana!

That way, like the failed path Rob Vos wants, of privatizing our public schools, we can let the churches handle the education of our kids.  Its working wonders in Indiana

GREENSBURG, Ind. — An Indiana church is on lock down and its pastor has left for an undisclosed location after a video recording surfaced this week of a toddler singing an anti-gay song at the church altar, that included the lyrics, “Ain’t no homo going to make it to heaven.”

In the video, church Pastor Jeff Sangl can been seen in smiling and nodding in approval behind the unidentified youth.

Church members can be seen applauding and cheering the toddler as he sings the anti-gay verse — “I know the Bible’s right, somebody’s wrong- Romans 1 and 27, ain’t no homo going to make it to heaven” — with one person shouting, “That’s my boy!”

After this disturbing video went viral, the church weakly attempted to backtrack with this statement:

The Pastor and members of Apostolic Truth Tabernacle do not condone, teach, or practice hate of any person for any reason. We believe and hope that every person can find true Bible salvation and the mercy and grace of God in their lives.

We are a strong advocate of the family unit according to the teachings and precepts found in the Holy Bible. We believe the Holy Bible is the Divinely-inspired Word of God and we will continue to uphold and preach that which is found in scripture.

Unfortunately no one told the congregation this:  

Despite the threats, all the members we spoke to have no regrets about the song getting posted online -- in fact one said, "The people who are upset just don't read the word of God. If we don't teach the children the truth early they will never learn."

As for the thunderous applause after the hate-filled song -- we're told, "Of course we applauded a child who is singing a song about God."
 By the way, it appears that the did not et to the part about not lying as it appears they have received their death threats from the same entity that Dan Kapanke did:

 “To my knowledge, there are no death threats at this time,” Decatur County Sheriff Gregory Allen told

Dan Savage has more here!  
Rumor has it this video has had an effect in WI.  Rebecca Kleefisch was beaming with pride, and Glen Shulfer has his next big hit!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

What Our Future Holds If Walker Wins

Michael Rosen explains (emphasis mine):

...The South Carolina governor recently promoted a package of “reforms” that will give South Carolina the toughest right-to-work laws in the nation. And Haley wants to take right-to-work national: “Barack Obama doesn’t appreciate right-to-work states. Mitt Romney appreciates right-to-work states,” she said after endorsing Mitt Romney for the Republican presidential nomination. “I need a partner in the White House.” In fact, Haley needs a lot more than that. Her “it” state has experienced a 4 percent decline in wages since she took over—no small matter in a state that has historically had some of the lowest wages, weakest public services and most dismal education scores in the United States. Indeed, South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Dick Harpootlian says of Haley: “Rather than campaigning with Walker or Romney, she ought to sit in a classroom in an under-performing school.” Haley has opted to skip the school visit and campaign in Wisconsin. And that raises some questions for Scott Walker. The governor of Wisconsin—who told Congress and the people of Wisconsin he’s not anti-union—ought to be asked what he thinks about Nikki Haley’s “unions are not welcome” rhetoric. The Wisconsin governor should also be asked about the lengths to which a state should go to become what Haley describes as an “it” state. Should unions be busted? Should education funding be cut? Should public services be shut down? And should economic development be based on raiding other states?...

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Walker: If You're Going To Commit Perjury, You Might As Well Go All The Way

Walker and his bald spot
 being sworn in
For months, I've been pointing out that Scott Walker committed perjury when he testified, under oath, before a congressional committee last year.

I even went so far as to point out that not only did he lie to the committee, he lied in an entirely different direction when he appeared before the Oshkosh Northwestern's editorial board.

More people started to catch on to the fact that Walker was lying when they saw the video in which he kissed the lips and ass of Diane Hendricks, the billionaire crackpot, and boasted of his "Divide and Conquer" plan for busting the union.

Today, more proof of Walker's perjury came to light when WTDY reported on emails regarding the planning of Act 10, just days after Walker's masters bought the election for him in November 2010 (emphasis mine):
But drafting documents obtained by WTDY News from the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau reveal that Act 10 was actually being drafted in November, just weeks after Walker was elected governor. As lawmakers struggled to pass state worker contracts in December of 2010, a non-partisan state attorney was already hard at work drafting the very provision in ACT 10 that stripped away bargaining rights for nearly all public employees in Wisconsin.

Cathlene Hanaman is the Deputy Chief at the Legislative Reference Bureau and has drafted all the collective bargaining changes in recent years, which she says were always minor until Governor Walker was elected. When shown an email she sent to another non-partisan bill drafter on December 3rd, 2010, Hanaman confirmed that the legislation described in the email was part of a project she had been assigned in November and that veteran Department of Administration budget staffers were working with her on behalf of then governor-elect Walker. In the email, the intent of the legislation lists “prohibiting public employee union from collectively bargaining over health care benefits.” An undated memo entitled “Alternative Approach to Collective Bargaining,” given to Hanaman at an early meeting with Department of Administration staffers, lays out plans to prohibit any state or local public employer from collecting union dues, require public sector unions to vote to recertify each year, and allow police and firefighter unions to keep all their bargaining rights.
As they point out in the article: "It is a Federal offense to knowingly and willingly tell false statements under oath."

Will anything happen though? It would seem unlikely while the Republicans hold the House of Representatives and chair that committee. However, if Walker were to lose the recall and/or get indicted in Walkergate, the Republicans, who have a propensity of eating their own, might find it useful to throw Walker under the bus.

The real question is whether anyone, besides the unreliable James Wigderson, believe that Walker wouldn't go straight to his right-to-work-for-less legislation if we don't take him out. Oh sure, Walker has said he doesn't support it, but he sure seems to say a lot of things to a lot of people. And not one bit of it can be trusted to be true.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Scott Walker Lies to Everyone

This past weekend was the state republican convention... and their headliner was of course Scott Walker.

Gov. Scott Walker says he has no intention of pursuing legislation to make Wisconsin a right-to-work state and that he'll do "everything in my power to keep it from making it to my desk."

Interesting that he never comes out and says he will veto it if it does, but even more interesting is how he pretends he has no interest in making Wisconsin a "right to work(for less)" state.   Unfortunately for the republicans,  they just dont know how to keep quiet.  First we have this from Lisa @BB :

According to Waukesha County resident Leanne Wied-Brusky, when a Town Hall attendee who seemed in favor of right-to-work legislation expressed discontent over the delay in implementation, (Republican Rep Dean) Kapenga responded,  ”We have right-to-work legislation in (three) different offices ready to go. If we had done it earlier, when we wanted, then Prosser would not have been elected. Right now is not the right time. We have to wait until it is politically feasible.”
Dave Heaster, also at the meeting, confirmed Kapenga’s statement and said he also heard him say, “…if we did it now, we’d be burning political capital, and we just don’t have excess capital to burn now.”
 Then, because its the year 2012 we also have a video, this time of Fitz the lesser:

Video Here 

 The reporter asks Jeff Fitzgerald whether he was surprised when Walker described his plans to attack public workers’ collective bargaining. “No, it wasn’t a shock to me…” responds Fitzgerald. “My caucus wanted to go further. I had people in my caucus that was, you know, were wondering if we were going to do Right to Work in this state. So to tell you the truth, the collective bargaining, to me, I thought was more of a middle ground if you can believe that.

the June 5th recall election is now about even more than collective bargaining rights, its also about do we want Wisconsin to be a "Right to Work" state AND what other ALEC written bills are sitting on their shelf waiting for the politically opportune time to introduce?

One thing for sure is we can count on Scott Walker to NOT tell us what he thinks and how he plans to govern.  If he can not even tell the truth at his party convention, when will he?

 As they say, How do you know when Scott Walker is telling the truth?  He is taking to a billionaire!   

More fun videos of Scott Walker here! 

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Because Sometimes $5 Billion Just Isn't Enough

The asocial, ALEC-schmoozing Diane Hendricks, who will help topple Scott Walker by getting him to boast about his "Divide and Conquer" scheme to make Wisconsin a right-to-work-for-less state owns ABC Supply Company.  The Institute for Wisconsin's Future points out some interesting facts about Hendricks and her company:
Beloit billionaire businesswoman Diane Hendricks has been in the news recently because of her political activism on behalf of Gov. Scott Walker. It was in a conversation with Hendricks that Walker made his now-famous comment about using a “divide and
conquer” strategy against labor unions.

During a three-month period in 2012, Hendricks donated $500,000 to Walker’s campaign, according to the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign. She is the largest single donor to the governor’s anti-recall campaign, outspending even fellow billionaires Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas casinos) and Richard DeVos (Amway).

Hendricks, whom Forbes magazine says is worth $2.8 billion, heads Beloit-based ABC Supply Company, which the magazine calls “the nation’s largest roofing, window and siding wholesale distributor” with annual sales approaching $5 billion.

ABC Supply may be a huge money-maker for Hendricks, but the Wisconsin corporate income tax returns she files claim the company makes not a penny in taxable profit.

ABC Supply paid exactly $0.00 in state corporate income tax in 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008, according to the state Department of Revenue. Tax data for more recent years were not available when the information was requested from the department.
Apparently all of her personal wealth and the wealth she controls through her company. She is supporting Walker because like him, she wants Wisconsin to become a right-to-work-for-less state. That's so that she can pay her workers less money, cut their benefits (if not eliminate them altogether), and lower the minimum wage, just to name a few of the effects that RTW states experience.

Because, you know, even though most people have to struggle to just keep a roof over their heads and keep their families fed, she just can't make it on a mere few billion dollars.

If we are not successful in recalling Walker on June 5th, we might as well kiss Wisconsin, and our independent way of life, goodbye.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Another Lesson in Right WIng Punditry

The other day I pointed out how our friends on the right, during this crazy political season in WI, are going to be so desperate to do what they can to save Scott Walkers job that they are willing to make things up

One of the Koch/Bradley's jesters is James Wigderson , who has been known to write posts that are blatantly untrue,    Well he has done it twice this week.   There was the lie about the democrats unity breakfast, then he hacked together this garbage at an incredibly weak attempt to try and discredit Tom Barrett!   The problem with Wiggy's post is  - Its just not true.

 Here is an excerpt(there are never any highlights) from Wigderson:

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is lying about Governor Scott Walker’s support for private sector unions......Walker supports private sector unions and even the “prevailing wage” for public projects, and he is opposed to Right to Work legislation.
 Well we have an easy fix here, lets ask Scott Walker what he thinks about Right to Work for less and private unions:

OOPS.  Mr. James Wigderson lied again!

O wait, not content to be irrefutably proven wrong, Wiggle doubles down:

 You’re as illiterate and stupid as the stalker that you’ve let start blogging at your site. The article to which you link clearly states that Walker did not tell her that he was in favor of “Right to Work.”

OOPS again wiggy, if you check the transcript:  

Hendricks: Which state would you mirror? Is there any state that's already . . .
Walker: Well, (Indiana Gov.) Mitch Daniels, did - now, see the beautiful thing is, he did it in Indiana, he had it by executive order that created the unions years ago, and so when he came in about a week after he eliminated through executive order. In Wisconsin, it's by the statute. So I need lawmakers to vote on it. But the key is by tying it to the budget, there's no way to unravel that. Because unless they're going to come up with $800 million for example - it's not exactly that amount, but it's close - there's no way they cannot pass that unless they're going to pass a tax increase .

While I strongly recommend that you do not waste your time at the Library & Pub, as we have proven that there is nothing of substance there, However Jim seems to be upset that we accuse him of lying "instead of saying there’s a disagreement or things have changed or that I’ve misstated something."  Ok Maybe I am being to hard on Wiggy, maybe he is not lying on purpose.   

I expect a retraction shortly! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

"As Goes Janesville"

As Jeff previously mentioned, there is a new film coming out in which Scott Walker discusses his plans to make Wisconsin a right to work state.  I'll go into the whole horror that will be for the people and the economy at another time.  Suffice it to say for now, it would be very, very bad.

Here is a video of Walker discussing his agenda of attacking Wisconsin worker with right wing nut job Diane Hendricks, who's given Walker half a million dollars in campaign contributions, lends him her private plane and goes to Koch-sponsored meetings with him:

If the reader would like, they can see a ten minute long preview of the movie by Brad Lichtenstein by going to the film's website.

And as an added bonus, there will be a sneak preview of the film on Wednesday, May 16, starting at 5:30 pm, at Discovery World in Milwaukee.

I'll be working for part of that time and will miss it.  If anyone is planning on attending and wants to write about it, let me know.  We'll post your report here.

Divide and Conquer!!

A new video is out with Scott Walker talking to one of his masters, The widow Diane Hendricks, who has given at least $510,000 to the Walker campaign/defense fund!


This video is shot BEFORE  he dropped the bomb on the people of Wisconsin with ACT10.  So he knew what he was doing all the time(He just forgot to tell us).

JSOnline is breaking this story and clip by Documentary filmmaker Brad Lichtenstein.

In the video, Hendricks told Walker she wanted to discuss "controversial" subjects away from reporters, asking him:
"Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions -"
"Oh, yeah," Walker broke in.
"- and become a right-to-work?" Hendricks continued. "What can we do to help you?"
"Well, we're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill," Walker said. "The first step is we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer. So for us, the base we get for that is the fact that we've got - budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out . . . That opens the door once we do that. That's your bigger problem right there."

Of course Scott Walker has let it be known in no uncertain terms that he does not support right to work legislation, at least in public.  

Walker co-sponsored right-to-work legislation in 1993 as a freshman in the state Assembly but as governor has consistently downplayed seeking any restrictions on private unions in public statements.
"From our standpoint, it's never going to get to me," Walker said of right-to-work legislation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel on April 27. "Private sector unions are my partner in economic development."
Of course to someone as money hungry as Scott Walker is $510,000 + speaks volumes!  

This clip comes from the documentary "As Goes Janesville""

Lichtenstein is now promoting his finished documentary, "As Goes Janesville," which is expected to be shown at film festivals and on PBS stations this fall. Lichtenstein was preparing to film a Rock County 5.0 meeting that Walker was to attend when Hendricks said she was going to greet Walker personally when he came in. Lichtenstein said he asked to join her and she agreed.
On Thursday, Barrett said Walker's exchange with Hendricks shows the governor will say one thing to the public and another to his top-tier donors.

I think this documentary will be a very popular one in the upcoming weeks in WI.

Its could be an even bigger catch than this one:

UPDATE:  There will be a showing of this documentary:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Discovery World
500 North Harbor Drive
Milwaukee, WI

Monday, March 19, 2012

More People Wishing They Were Unionized - Don't Let This Happen To You!

From Yahoo News (emphasis mine):
They weren't wearing sagging pants or revealing clothing. But dressing in an orange shirt is apparently enough to get fired at one Florida law firm, where 14 workers were unceremoniously let go last Friday.

In an interview with the Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, several of the fired workers say they wore the matching colors so they would be identified as a group when heading out for a happy hour event after work. They say the executive who fired them initially accused them of wearing the matching color as a form of protest against management.


The law offices of Elizabeth R. Wellborn, P.A. offered "no comment" to Sun-Sentinel reporter Doreen Hemlock, but four ex-employees tell the paper they were simply wearing their orange shirts to celebrate "pay day" and the upcoming Friday group happy hour.
"There is no office policy against wearing orange shirts. We had no warning. We got no severance, no package, no nothing," Lou Erik Ambert told the paper. "I feel so violated."

Ironically, had the employees been wearing orange as a form of protest, it would have been illegal to fire them, ABC News reports.

After the 14 employees were fired, an executive said anyone wearing orange for an "innocent reason" should speak up. At least one employee immediately denied any involvement or knowledge of a protest and explained the happy hour color coordination. Nonetheless, they were still fired.

"I'm a single mom with four kids, and I'm out of a job just because I wore orange today," Meloney McLeod told the paper.

And there's really nothing anyone can do about the terminations since Florida is an at-will state, meaning employers can fire an employee who doesn't have a contract "for a good reason, for a bad reason or even for the wrong reason, as long as it's not an unlawful reason," Eric K. Gabrielle, a labor and employment lawyer at Stearns Weaver, told the Sun-Sentinel. Gabrielle said there was no apparent violation of the law in this case.
If they had been allowed to unionize, this would never have happened.

This is what Scott Walker and his supporters are bringing to Wisconsin. Is there any questions on why they need to go? It's about your rights, people!

H/T Hullabaloo