"I have deeply respected the mature, responsible and thoughtful manner in which hundreds of thousands of citizens have politely exercised free speech in protesting Governor Walker’s proposal to end 52 years of collective bargaining.
Liberal, Crime, Election, Union, Fraud
Prosecutors believe a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) organizer fraudulently voted in a 2011 election in Wisconsin, according to documents provided to the Daily Caller by the Wisconsin-based government watchdog group Media Trackers. An investigation by the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office has led to a subpoena of SEIU’s Washington, D.C. headquarters and has implicated the prominent labor union in a voter fraud case that threatens to lead to criminal prosecution.
Hypocrisy, Union, Funny, Oops
This week, National Support Organization, which bills itself as the world's largest union of union staffers, posted an online notice discouraging its members from seeking work with the Wisconsin Education Association Council. "Don't apply for WEAC vacancies!" screams the headline. The reason for the boycott? Chuck Agerstrand, president of the National Support Organization, is accusing WEAC officials of "breaching staff contracts and destroying any working relationship with its employees."
Now with Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining changes going into effect today, County Executive Jim Ladwig said inmates will be able to perform more tasks such as landscaping, painting, and shoveling sidewalks in the winter.
Cost savings from worker contributions to health care and retirement, taking effect today as part of the new collective bargaining laws, will swing the Kaukauna School District from a $400,000 budget deficit to an estimated $1.5 million surplus, the Post-Crescent in Appleton reports. The district tells the Post-Crescent that it plans to hire teachers and reduce class size.
Union, Oops, Education, Law
Madison - Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday reinstated Gov. Scott Walker's plan to all but end collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers. In its decision, the state's high court concluded that "choices about what laws represent wise public policy for the state of Wisconsin are not within the constitutional purview of the courts." The court concluded that Sumi exceeded her jurisdiction, "invaded" the Legislature's constitutional powers and erred in halting the publication and implementation of the collective bargaining law.
Liberal, Hate, Threats, Murder
GLENN GROTHMAN (R), WISCONSIN STATE SENATE: Well, it's not safe, I think, to be walking on the street and be a Republican in Madison right now. The hatred on the left is just out of control.
CAIN: Senator Grothman, have you received any death threats?
GROTHMAN: Oh, yes. There were e-mails that all of us received. We had something put under the door of my office last night on the way out. I have never seen --
CAIN: What was put under your door?
GROTHMAN: -- a lobbying group more angry. The only good Republican is a dead Republican, as well as an e-mail to me personally similar to the e-mail that Senator Hopper and Fitzgerald received.
Liberal, Crime, Hate, Union, Violence, Threats
MILWAUKEE -- In the wake of the collective bargaining bill passing, rhetoric has turned into threats, violence and vandalism.
Mike Hintz, the Wisconsin coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, was sitting at his Brookfield home Saturday when his cell phone rang.
"There was a male caller on the phone and he said 'I hope your wearing a bullet prof vest and hung up,'" Hintz said.
Liberal, Hate, Union, Violence, Degeneracy, Threats, Fascism, Adult
We will hand up wanted posters of you everywhere you like to go.
Union, Protest, Teaparty
In what surely has to be a most fitting metaphor, the tea party movement in Wisconsin will show up in force today at the state Capitol in Madison to ‘clean up’ after the unions and far left agitators who took that facility hostage a couple of weeks back.
Democrat, Hypocrisy, Union, Violence
Legislators can get into the building, but Republicans are being blocked from getting to their offices and into the Assembly chamber. It's the Assembly that needs to vote on the bill that the Senate passed last night, leading to the renewed protests. Meade heard from a source that Democratic legislators unlocked at least one door that leads to the doors for a cluster of Republican legislative offices. That would appear to be part of a scheme to prevent the vote.
"I can understand why Thomas Jefferson said a little revolution now and then is a good thing," Bernero said. "The assault on unions, the assault on the public employees is nothing less than an assault on the American people."
Union, Education, Greed
People often believe that teachers don't make a lot of money. Those in the know, though, are aware that compensation in the education industry can be quite generous, especially when you factor in the great vacation schedule and the comprehensive benefits packages that usually go along with teaching. In Wisconsin, teaching salaries averaged $52,644 in 2009-10, according to the National Education Association, with most school districts offering benefits that range from health insurance to retirement plans.
Union, Sex, Funny
(AP) With the district in a financial crisis and hundreds of its members facing layoffs, the Milwaukee teachers union is taking a peculiar stand: fighting to get its taxpayer-funded Viagra back.
The union has asked a judge to order the school board to again include Pfizer Inc.'s erectile dysfunction drug and similar pills in its health insurance plans.
Walkout update: "With these staff shortages, we will not be able to provide safe and appropriate class settings," Superintendent Gregory Thornton said in a statement.
Democrat, Tax, Union
The Wisconsin Education Association Council has voluntarily made $171,091 in payments to the Internal Revenue Service after a review of past federal tax returns, the state's largest teachers union said Wednesday.
In April, the Landmark Legal Foundation asked federal officials to investigate its claim that WEAC failed to report or pay taxes on $430,000 in contributions to the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee between 2000 and 2002 in apparent violation of federal law.
Union protester picture.
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters agree more with the Republican governor in his dispute with union workers. Thirty-eight percent (38%) agree more with the unionized public employees, while 14% are undecided.
"It's kind of like the old protection racket," he said. " 'If you have the right sticker, we won't break your knees.' This is beyond the pale to force a small-business person to choose when they want to stay neutral. But that isn't good enough."
In the letter, Parrett writes: "It is unfortunate that you have chosen 'not' to support public workers rights in Wisconsin. In recent past weeks you have been offered a sign by a public employee who works in one of the state facilities in the Union Grove area. These signs simply said, 'This Business Supports Workers Rights,' a simple, subtle and we feel noncontroversial statement given the facts at this time."
Union, Violence, Threats
Organizers say the rally was originally scheduled at Club 64 in Merrill, but they had to change locations after business owners say they received more than 50 phone calls threatening to destroy their business and cause physical harm if the rally took place.
"We had a lady come up and write profanity and rip some of them right on our table.... so I guess that's what democracy looks like to them."
Union, Government, Obama, Oops
Walker's office issued this statement:
"I'm sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I'm sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.
Incitement, Union, Threats, Fear, Protest
The Journal-Sentinel reported that AFSCME Council 24 has informed local business that they must put a sign in their window showing their public support for the union’s position or “Failure to do so will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means ‘no’ to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members.”
Translation: That’s a nice business you got there. It would be a shame if something happened to it.
Union, AntiAmerican, Communism, Vandalism
Somebody has written "Workers of the World Unite" on the monument to Civil War hero Hans Christian Heg.