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WI Senate To Vote On Runaway Unions

From an outraged Associated Press:

Wisconsin Senate to vote on anti-union bill

By Scott Bauer, Associated Press
February 17, 2011

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin lawmakers are prepared to pass a momentous bill that would strip government workers of nearly all collective bargaining rights over the loud objections of thousands of teachers, students and prison guards who packed the Capitol for two days of protests.

The nation’s most aggressive anti-union proposal has been speeding through the Legislature since Republican Gov. Scott Walker introduced it a week ago. After clearing a major legislative hurdle Wednesday night, it was headed to votes in the Senate and Assembly.

Up to 20,000 people filled the Statehouse on Wednesday, cheering, singing and chanting in demonstrations unlike any seen in Madison for decades.

Say what you will about public sector unions, they always seem to be able to turn a great ‘rent a mob.’ In fact, it seems to be the one thing they do well.

Their numbers included many families and teachers from the Madison school district, which was forced to close after more than 40 percent of its 2,600-union covered employees called in sick.

In a show of their dedicated professionalism.

The Legislature’s budget committee passed the bill on a partisan vote just before midnight. Several opponents in the crowd broke into tears as Democrats on the committee encouraged them not to give up the fight.

"I’m sad. Scared. Disappointed," said Kelly Dzurick, a 31-year-old fifth-grade teacher in Elkhorn, who came to the Capitol on Wednesday night. "Nobody’s listening to what people say."

You are mistaken, Ms. Dzurick. The elected representatives in Wisconsin are finally listening to what people say. And it is about time.

The head of the 98,000-member statewide teachers union called on all Wisconsin residents to come to the Capitol on Thursday for the votes in the Senate and Assembly. Several districts, including Madison for a second day, said they would close.

"Our goal is not to close schools, but to instead to remain vigilant in our efforts to be heard," said Wisconsin Education Association Council President Mary Bell.

Does the phrase "vigilant in our efforts in our efforts to be heard" even make sense? Granted, we are talking about the head of a teachers’ union.

But it’s nice to see that they are happy to close the schools down so that they can agitate. They have their priorities.

If passed by the Legislature, the move would mark a dramatic shift for Wisconsin, which passed a comprehensive collective bargaining law in 1959 and was the birthplace of the national union representing all non-federal public employees.

Then it is very fitting to send this message from the very place that started the whole problem of run amuck public sector unions.

Democrats have been unable to stop it.

"The story around the world is the rush to democracy," said Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar. "The story in Wisconsin is the end of the democratic process."

Hilarious. But stupid.

In addition to eliminating collective bargaining rights, the legislation also would make public workers pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage — increases Walker calls "modest" compared with those in the private sector…

The outrage. Surely it is a crime against humanity to expect public sector union employees to pay towards their retirement or their health care. Who do we think they are? Public servants?

In exchange for bearing more costs and losing bargaining leverage, public employees were promised no furloughs or layoffs.

This tidbit of information is buried down in the 23rd paragraph of this 24 paragraph AP story.

Walker has threatened to order layoffs of up to 6,000 state workers if the measure does not pass

Perhaps we are getting cynical, but part of us would like to see this move fail so that a good number of these spoiled union members lose their jobs.

Then they can call in sick every day.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, February 17th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

18 Responses to “WI Senate To Vote On Runaway Unions”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    Actually this is also happening here – Today there will be a hearing on Senate Bill 5 – to do the same thing – end collective bargaining – and attaching healthcare and retirement and wages as based on merit not a deal made.

    I just have to ask – and wonder – why WI is being highlighted while OH isn’t? Maybe they think they will have a better chance to overturn the momentum in WI than in OH – who knows with the msm any more.

    It will be interesting to see how it goes today – wish I could have gone – but until we have an employed person – food and the gas to get it only.

  2. Rusty Shackleford says:

    The exposed crime here is that 40% of the teachers called in sick to go protest and also dragged students with them. Clearly, there is a strong movement of willful ignorance at work here. People who DEMAND the government pay for their lives is so disgusting to me that I have a hard time even reading about it. How people get this way and perpetuate same is not so much beyond me as it is repulsive. A teacher….calling in sick…..to go protest a government action. Are these the same people who use the argument, “Think of the children” when other issues are raised? (rhetorical)

  3. proreason says:

    Teachers are a microcosm of what has happened in this country.

    50 years ago, teachers were nearly worshipped. In general, the perspective was that teachers were people who genuinely loved children and who were willing to work for relatively low wages because they loved to teach and wanted to help their students succeed in life. Parent’s trusted teachers implicitly.

    In less than three generations, teacher have become vein-bulging, greedy, grasping angry militants who demand that the rest of the country sacrifice to improve THEIR lot in life. Teaching isn’t a profession of idealists, it is an ATM machine. Forget about kids and learning…what about teachers pay and benefits?

    But we shouldn’t point fingers at them. They are just one of the groups with bulging veins in this country. Teachers, government workers, African Americans, chicanos, homosexuals, feminazis, athiests, “the poor”, unemployed people, welfare recipients, “journalists”, muslims, sick people, victims of prejudice, auto workers, single mothers, movie stars, college professors, documetary directors, minimum wage workers, people who bought coffee that was too hot. There are hundreds of groups, all of filled with rage at their oppressors, wealthy white heterosexual business men.

    How did all of this happen? Prior to 1960, there were genuinely oppressed groups, including slaves, indentured servants, the Irish, some workers, but the country wasn’t dominated by hundreds of balkanized groups perpetually furious at the status quo. Heck, we got through a revolution, a civil war, the Great Depression, and two world wars and still had a pervasive sense of unity and common values.

    Maybe there’s a virus going around that converts happy idealist women who love to teach into eye-popping maniacs who demand shorter work days for more money.

    That must be it. A virus. There can be no other explanation.

    • TerryAnne says:

      Perfectly said!

      I have a guy friend – from high school – who, due to the wonders of Facebook, I have recently been reacqainted with. I found him a dork in hs – and he’s a bigger one now. He spends many of his posts talking about being Christian, and then others talking about how he had a good cry because of the beauty of his soon-to-be-born child…and then telling us the other day that he had a great day in the classroom because he had every kid waiting on his every word. Uh…..

      Another guy friend from hs who I was close with is a raging Republican like me and he and I have taken up beating up on the third again. LOL! You should have seen the post where the dork guy complained about the unions not doing enough for his cow of a wife. Poor guy had to end up saying “well, I’m not for unions, blah blah.” It always makes me laugh when you get liberals to admit that they’re really not for what they say they are. :)

      But then there are people like my sister – who is a middle school band teacher – who’s doing it for the love of it. She’s always been a phenomenal musician and she’s great with kids; what better way to do what she loves than to teach kids how to love music, too. And she’s brilliant at it! She’s revolutionized that school’s music program and has seen a dramatic increase in students signing up.

      And, yet, she’s one of the ones who has to worry about being on the chopping block. Not to mention the amount of stupid parents she has to field calls from – one of whom called her the other day to complain that it was unfair her child lost his chair (chairs being what position you sit in; the best is first, next best second…last chair (in school bands) is usually pretty bad; schools also require you to compete for them or to retain your position). I can’t tell you some of the ridiculous things my sister has had to deal with from parents over the last few years. And she’d doing this because she loves it…really truly loves it! It’s not fair for her – as a teacher – to have to be tainted by the idiots in WI today.

  4. Illusions says:

    Just on the news.

    Democratic Senators hold up budget bill by hiding from Capitol

    Published February 17, 2011 – BizTimes Daily

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    Republicans in the State Senate prepared to approve Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill today, but at the last minute, the Democrats in the Senate chose not to show up for the session, leaving the chamber without a quorum and putting the proposal in at least temporary limbo.

    Twenty Senators are needed to be present to achieve a quorum. All 19 of the Republicans attended today’s 11 a.m. session. None of the Democrats attended.

    Sources said the Democrats left the building before the Senate’s sergeant at arms was dispatched to look for them. The gallery in the Senate chamber erupted in applause when it was announced the quorom was not achieved.

    NBC News 15 reported that the Democratic Senators have left the state.

    Fox reports that the police are out looking for them under orders to “Drag them to the capitol” to vote on this bill.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Yeah, just heard. Unbelievable. Running away….

      Is this where we’ve come to? Like Rush just said, they are trying to destroy our system.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Don’t you see, it’s Walker, Wisconsin Ranger, and the Republican majority who are really causing the shutdown. Just like it’s the wingnut Republicans in the House who’ll be responsible for the Federal shutdown.

      Sarcasm aside, yes, after all the slithering and ironclad bureaucratic corruption, they are left to squealing like stuck pigs and fleeing like rodents from the exterminator. It’s inevitable.

      Governor, you have the people’s permission to go Chuck Norris on the parasites. Politically speaking.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Fox News says that the DNC are up to their necks in backing this stunt
      in the Cheese State.

  5. Flession says:

    What a bunch of pathetic losers these teachers are.

    Normally, I’d say something more snarky and funny, but these teacher unions disgust me.

    • Illusions says:

      I have nothing against the teachers them selves. As they are looking after their own interest in this mater. As we all would. What I have a problem with is those who are on sick leave over this, the poser students who are joining them just for the “Cause”, and the Organizing for America group that is busing in protesters to beef up the numbers at the rally.

    • Flession says:

      It goes without saying that there are good, honest teachers who are afraid of losing what little they have that are there, and they do important jobs, and other such typical sayings that makes me look sympathetic to their plight to a certain degree.

      I have no problem with those people.

      You’d be hard pressed, however, to argue that everyone there protesting has only the altruistic of intentions for their fellow teachers, govt workers, etc. Not including everyone bused in to make it appear bigger and more intimidating.

      These Unions want their easy, well-paying, hard-to-lose job. People want to keep things the way they are because it benefits them, which is natural for anyone, but wanting their cake and eating it too will only hurt everyone in WI.

      That’s why they’re a buncha pathetic losers; they cannot look past their own wants (not needs) to help save their falling state.

      In the end though, just as Steve said in the beginning, they’re going to fix their budgets, one way or another…

  6. Illusions says:

    You all are going to love this.

    BREAKING: Wisconsin Dems Hiding At Best Western in Rockford, IL …Update: TEA PARTY WINS! Chases WI Dems Out of Rockford …Update: WI Dem Says They’re Still in IL (Video)
    Posted by Jim Hoft on Thursday, February 17, 2011, 4:49 PM

    The Wisconsin senate democrats fled the state today rather than vote on a budget repair bill.
    If you are in the Rockford area please go to the Best Western and record video, take pictures and protest these irresponsible liberal politicians.

    WREX: The senators ran to the Clocktower resort in Rockford.

    The Rockford Tea Party just chased the Wisconsin democrats out of the Best Western. They just boarded their bus and are leaving the Best Western!
    Run, Libs! Run!
    WKOW reported:

    Sen. Jon Erpenbach tells 27 News that Democrats are leaving Rockford, Illinois right now. He would not say their destination.

    They have been at the Clock Tower Resort and Conference Center in Rockford.

    Our sister station in Rockford, WREX spoke with lawmakers there. WREX reports one lawmaker said, “It’s kind of everyone for themselves.” We’ll have a live phone interview with Sen. Erpenbach on 27 News at 5 p.m.

    I have video coming of the Rockford tea party members chasing the democrats out of town!!!

    UPDATE: I was told that tea party members are currently tracking the bus.

    UPDATE: Local Rockford News is interviewing the Tea Party Patriots who chased the Wisconsin Democrats out of town.

    UPDATE: The Wisconsin Democrats are heading north… Back to Wisconsin??? It looks like the Wisconsin border is only about 20 miles from Rockford?

    UPDATE: TIME FOR A TEA PARTY CITIZEN’S ARREST!… I am offering $100 to the first person successful citizen’s arrest.

    UPDATE: Please, Please, Please!! Let them turn south and head to St. Louis!!

    UPDATE: They are reportedly back in Wisconsin. Let’s hope the cops were there to greet them as they crossed the state line.

    UPDATE: Note to Wisconsin police- While you have these lawbreakers in custody, please check for liquor, drugs, tax records, legal residence, cash in the fridge and birth certificates. Thank you.

    UPDATE: Wisconsin Senator Erpenbach. He says they are going to stay in Wisconsin for a while longer.
    WKOW reported:


  7. proreason says:

    Remember Doc Zero. He’s at Human Events now and he reports on a discussion with a Wisconsin citizen about the Teacher’s Union scam in that state.


    interesting read

  8. Rusty Shackleford says:

    Once again, Obama sides AGAINST the people of the USA.

    In fact, it’s getting to be a broken record.

    “Police acted stupidly”
    Drilling moratorium
    Suing Arizona
    etc., etc.

    Obama Sides With State Government Unions Against Cuts

    By Chris Stirewalt

    Published February 17, 2011

    | FoxNews.com: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/17/obama-sides-state-government-unions-cuts/

    Obama Takes Sides in Wisconsin Labor Battle

    “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain, generally seems like more of an assault on unions. I think it’s very important for us to understand that public employees, they’re our neighbors, they’re our friends.”

    They’re our soldiers in the war against capitalism

    — President Obama in an interview with Milwaukee’s WTMJ

    Wisconsin has been wracked with protests and work stoppages as government employees fight a fiscal austerity proposal from new Republican Gov. Scott Walker. Now, President Obama is weighing in against Walker and sticking up for government workers.

    Walker’s plan would force state workers to cover half of their pension contributions and 13 percent of their own health insurance costs. Walker would strip government unions of the power to collectively bargain for higher wages unless approved by a public vote. The plan would also end compulsory dues payments for state workers.

    Walker has said that if lawmakers don’t agree to his plan, he will be forced to lay off 6,000 of the state’s 170,000 workers.

    The reaction has been intense in Madison, which is one of the great strongholds of organized labor and liberalism in the nation. Ten thousand labor activists jammed the state capitol, chanting and screaming at lawmakers. Schools have been shut down as unionized teachers conducted an organized “sick out” and brought their students to join the march against Walker.

    The cause for the nationwide crackdown is massive budget shortfalls threatening to crush state governments as they prepare spending plans for the next year. The collective shortfall for the coming fiscal year has been estimated at more than $120 billion.

    And states cannot print money like the fed can.

    Obama’s home state of Illinois has the worst budget problem in the nation, driven largely by massively under-funded pension plans for state workers. But Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is bucking the trend of austerity.

    How does “underfunding” pension plans cause a shortfall? Wouldn’t it be overfunded pension plans that cause state governments to go broke?


    Obama also blasted Walker for rejecting a project to build a high-speed rail line as “short sighted” in his interview with the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee. But Obama was strongest in his defense of the protesting labor activists. Obama said that while it was necessary for state workers to perhaps make some “adjustments” he accused Walker of an “assault” on unions and praised government workers for their value to society.

    So much for civility from dear leader. Looks like he’s punishing one of his enemies.

    Government worker unions are crucial to Democratic hopes for 2012. Walker’s proposal is especially upsetting to the president’s party because it would no longer have the state government skim union dues from state paychecks to pass on to labor groups. Instead dues, which fund Democratic campaigns, would be paid on a voluntary basis.

    Public union membership now outnumbers that of private unions and continues to grow.

    Seems to me we’re well on the way to a socialist state. Such paradise! Everyone equal! No crime! No hurt feelings! Nobody left out! It’s…..it’s…..PERFECT!

    • proreason says:

      All snark aside, has there ever been a president who injected himself in the business of the States? of GM? of local law enforcement officials? and don’t forget that Obamyscare forces the states to make multi-billion dollar annual investments in the crap medical care that people are forced to accept. That’s the reason the “pricetag” is so “low”. If those costs were counted, it would be clear to everybody what a budget buster it is.

      He obviously sees no limits to his power whatsoever. We call him a dictator. It’s not just a rhetorical device.

    • BigOil says:

      Unions provide the muscle for Barry’s fundamental transformation of America, not unlike the Marxist revolution in Russia.

  9. proreason says:

    Gov Walkers presser. Very impressive


    But he talked for 10 minutes without a teleprompter. What kind of leadership is that? What if he got the numbers of states wrong or something. The press would have been all over him for a stoopid comment like that. That’s why you have to read everything from a script, like real leaders do.

  10. Mithrandir says:


    1. 8:00~5:00 job, all weekends, holidays off, and 8 weeks off in the summer. ALSO teacher’s convensions, which are not held on weekends which would make sense.

    2. Teach 180 school days / year + FULL salary. (Japan/Korea around 240 days / year)

    3. Maternity leave and sick days thrown in, in which the district must pay the full-time teacher AND their substitute in such cases.

    4. Special classes: gym, art, music, recess, lunch, library time every week, reducing the actual teaching hours of the homeroom teacher.

    5. TITLE 1 SCHOOLS, (a.k.a. a certain percentage of poor OR minority schools) THOSE students are EXEMPT from having their state test scores counted, thereby making the teachers look more productive than they really are. This is why districts BUS-IN minority children, to get extra state/federal funding, and be classified as Title 1.

    6. Benefits/Pay: healthcare and retirement (for basically a part-time job).

    7. AND all materials provided!
    *Any monkey can open a textbook and start talking. Ann Coulter was right that the education students, are the DUMBEST students on campus. If they had any talent, they would have taken a major that used it.

    Take back Wisconsin from these parasites!

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