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AWOL Dems Spurn Walker Compromises

From a giddy Associated Press:

Wis. gov. floats union compromise, but no deal yet

By Scott Bauer, Associated Press Wed Mar 9, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – Two of the 14 Senate Democrats who fled Wisconsin to block a vote on stripping most bargaining rights for public workers say Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed compromise isn’t enough to bring them back to the Capitol, although they’ll keep talking.

"I’m more than willing to continue to work through this if there is willingness on the other side," Sen. Bob Jauch, one of the 14 AWOL Democrats, said Tuesday.

His Democratic colleague, Sen. Tim Cullen, said he considers "the lines of communication still open."

According to e-mails released by Walker’s office, he proposed a compromise Sunday night that would allow public workers to bargain over their salaries with no limit — a change from his original plan that banned negotiated salary increases beyond inflation. He further softened his stance by agreeing to let collective bargaining to stay in place on mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay and classroom size for teachers.

In other words, Gov. Walker quietly but effectively ‘caved.’ He offered to allow the public sector unions to keep practically all of the bargaining powers they currently have. And still the Democrats would not come back to work.

There is a reason for this, but the AP save that for the bottom of their article.

Senate Republicans spent hours talking about the offer behind closed doors, and Democrats who helped broker the deal said that while it didn’t go far enough for them, it serves as a blueprint for further talks that could lead to a deal

The increased contributions for health insurance and pension, which would save the state $330 million by mid-2013, would remain. The unions and Democrats have agreed to those concessions to help balance a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall.

What a laugh. Sure, the unions have said they would agree to these concessions. But when the rubber meets the road, they won’t.

The e-mails show that Jauch had wanted even more items to be subject to bargaining that Walker seeks to eliminate, including sick leave and vacation pay

After all, it is an inalienable right to decide how many sick days and and vacation days you should get.

By the way is Mr. Jauch a union representative or a representative of the people of Wisconsin. (This is a rhetorical questions, of course.)

Walker also proposed allowing collective bargaining agreements to last up to two years, instead of the one-year limit in his original proposal. Unions would only have to vote to remain in existence every three years, instead of annually as Walker initially proposed…

The elimination of automatic union dues withdrawal from public workers’ pay would remain, as Walker originally proposed.

Here we finally have the real reason why these union negotiators 14 Democrat Senators will not budge.

Forced union dues are the sine qua non for the unions. Since forced union dues are their revenue stream. And the unions would not be able to buy politicians, like these 14 Wisconsin senators, without these forced dues.

But notice how the AP buries any mention of this far down near the bottom of the article. It is mentioned in the 13th out of 17 paragraphs.

That is because even the AP knows that the public would be offended by the unfairness of forcing to belong to a union and forcing them to pay dues. The AP does not want to expose the naked greed of the public sector unions leadership.

Nevertheless, we have this encouraging report from Reuters:

Idaho passes Republican bill to curb union rights

By Mary Wisniewski
March 9, 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) – The Idaho state legislature approved a bill on Tuesday to strip public school teachers of many of their collective bargaining rights while protesters in six states rallied against Republican efforts to curb union power.

The Idaho bill, which excludes issues like class size and workloads from negotiations for the state’s 12,000 unionized teachers, was given final approval by the Republican-led House and is expected to be signed by Republican Governor Butch Otter.

The bill also eliminates teacher tenure, limits the duration of teacher labor contracts to one year and removes seniority as a factor in determining the order of layoffs.

Idaho is one of several U.S. states to take up Republican plans for sweeping restrictions on public sector unions in what has become a growing national debate over labor union power…

There really is a ‘Middle East’ uprising under way all across the country. And it is not being conducted by the bussed-in ‘rent a mobs.’ It is the uprising of the taxpayers of America, as expressed through their elected representatives in state house after state house.

And there is no way it will be shouted down by the union thugs. The genie is out of the bottle.

The Democrats can either face the music now or they will be swept away in a tsunami in 2012 that will make last November seem like a gentle April shower.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, March 9th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “AWOL Dems Spurn Walker Compromises”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    Amen Steve.

  2. JohnMG says:

    How did Walker cave? Let me count the ways.

    The real shame of this is that the Wisconsin citizens have been punked!

  3. proreason says:

    Walker…from a hero to a coward.

    • JohnMG says:

      If he’d like to return to hero status, he’d use this talk of compromise to bait the trap, and as soon as even one democrat set foot in the state, he’d arrest him and all the other sonsabitches, and throw them in jail for fraud, misuse of public funds, dereliction of duty, and just because they are the low-life pieces of s#!t they revealed themselves to be.

      That’s what would happen to you or me if we tried such things.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      …Might want to read this: http://michellemalkin.com/2011/03/09/wisconsin-fleebaggers-bargaining-rights/

      Pretty cool. I’m pretty sure that the flee-bagger dems and union goons will now become intimately familiar with what a conniption is. I praise the republicans for coming up with a clever, legal way to circumvent the democrats’ walkout and it’s not over yet. There are fines and there will most likely be hearings…not to mention that Wisconsin citizens are seriously taking up petitioning for recalls of the democrat state senators.

      I’m just kind of disappointed it took so long, but, someone (or ones) had to look into the protocol to see what could be done legally and in keeping with acceptable practices. The democrats have no argument. They bailed out on voting, they refused to return, thus intentionally stopping the legitimate process of law (imagine had the republicans done it) and also being complicit in amassing a huge commie get-together to try to usurp law.

      After the dust settles the guys with the white hats will still be there.

    • preparing4theworst says:

      Rusty, read the Malkin item…way too funny! Now if the Republicans and the Gov. will follow through by tomorrow it will all be over. And per my post on another article yesterday the Governors dream response- recind state citizenship of the Dems which then allows him to appoint to fill the now empty seats…

  4. NoNeoCommies says:

    Introduce a law that allows for the immediate and permanent removal of AWOL members of the assembly.

  5. canary says:

    Governor Walker has paved the way for more rewarding dogs with rabies.

  6. Enthalpy says:

    Shame on GOP members who cave now. For them, the day of reckoning is near.

  7. BigOil says:

    If Walker wants to run for President, he would be the front-runner. He just demonstrated how to deal with Marxists.

  8. spudmom says:

    Why are these still being called “rights?” They are privileges, created by union-backed politicians. Rights come from God.

  9. Chuckk says:

    The dam is strating to crack in Idaho, Florida, Ohio and elsewhere. I hope Walker doesn’t wimp out just when the tide is turning his way.

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