Wisconsin Public Workers

I remember in 1981 when the Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) went on strike it was during the strikes in Poland that eventually brought down European communism. Those PATCO employees were fired by President Reagan. I still have a button that says “The right to strike-Only in Poland. The reason I raise this is we are seeing history repeat itself. While protests are breaking out all over the Middle East we are seeing an attack on our own citizens in Wisconsin. This is an assault on all working people by the far right and their funding sources in the business community. All working people should fight back in any way they can to stop this. Labor missed an opportunity in 1981. Let’s not miss another.
The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO is urging people to wear red on Tuesday. It’s the least we can do.

First they came for the industrial workers but I did not care because I was not an industrial worker. Then they came for the teachers but I did not care because I was not a teacher. Then they came for the public employees but I did not care because I was not a public employee. Then they came for me and there was no one left to care. Show solidarity, wear red on Tuesday.

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"We won, you lost, get over it." -President Obama

Yes, we should get over it like the teabaggers got over it.

That's the ticket. I do remember how graciously Bachmann/Palin, McConnell, and their neanderthal supporters accepted the election of the Kenyan, socialist, terrorist, Nazi-lovin' President and the Congress that "shoved health care down everyone's throats." That's just how graciously we should accept the piecemeal destruction of the labor movement by those same fine people.

Shock Doctrine in action - but - they may have forgot something

Madison Metro Could See Big Changes

Posted: 11:07 pm CST February 17, 2011Updated: 7:48 am CST February 18, 2011
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MADISON, Wis. -- Madison's Metro bus system could see big changes under the governor's budget repair bill.

The city's transit system would have two options if the governor's bill passes.

Either the system must be completely restructured, or lose $45 million in federal funding.

The situation came about because federal law requires collective bargaining rights on wages, pensions and working conditions for that aid. City officials say this detail is something that was overlooked by many.
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http://www.channel3000.com/news/26908918/detail.html

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If this is correct - more than just these funds - all funds the state receives via FTA, FHWA & FAA may be at risk if they get rid of collective bargaining. That's orders of magnitude higher than the $45 million one city recipient in a state would lose. All public transit, bridge & highway, airport & many stimulus projects fall under that funding stream.

That's a boatload of funding every year that WI would have to forfeit.

I have one thing to say

To the barricades, my brothers and sisters.

-Z

Rally to Support Wisconsin Labor on THURSDAY

We're not going to the barricades yet, Zorro, but we are going to Tom Paine Plaza at the Municipal Services Bldg., this Thursday, February 24 at 11:30 AM to support our Wisconsin brothers and sisters as they fight off the most brazen attempt yet by the modern corporatist movement to destroy organized labor. BE THERE! BRING EVERYONE!

The Facebook page for the event is here: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=6334519714&ref=ts#!/event.php?eid=148744411854076. Sign up. Send it around.

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