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Posted at 4:20 PM ET, 02/17/2011

Wisconsin protests fill state capitol (Photos)

By Melissa Bell
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Protesters of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's bill to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers demonstrate in the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday. (Andy Manis/AP)

For the past four days, thousands of public employees and their supporters have gathered in and around the Wisconsin state capitol to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts. The changes will amount to about a seven percent salary cut for public employees. The Fix asks if this sit-in will hurt or help the Democrats in the state.

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Protesters in the rotunda at the State Capitol. (Andy Manis/AP)
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Protesters in the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday. (Andy Manis/AP)
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Protesters in the rotunda at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis., Thursday. (Andy Manis/AP)

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Everyone Stop using money. no banknotes, credit cards, debit cards, coins, checks, age limits. free healthcare, food, water, shelter, sanitation, birth control condoms and sterilization for everyone. give goods/services 1. who needs it the most for improving human bodily health. 2. how much they have for how much they can give out to each person and for how many people wants it. Put your money in the recycling bin.

Posted by: trendsetterteacher | February 18, 2011 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Dick Gregory once made a beautiful analogy comparing revolution to a coffee pot. The pot makes a whistling noise to warn us that it is boiling. (Boiling mad, in this case). If an attempt is made to ignore that noise by plugging up the hole, sooner or later that coffee pot is going to explode - burning everyone in the room.

Can you hear that whistling noise, Governor Walker? That's the people of your state sending you a little message. You would be smart to listen to them. You would also be wise to pick up a couple Dick Gregory albums. The gem of wisdom paraphrased above is from the LP "Dick Gregory at Kent State". You can probably find it on ebay.

Read more:

http://www.tomdegan.blogspot.com

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | February 18, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse


Isn't the teachers mantra typically "It's for the children!"? So with that in mind, I don't understand how screwing the children out of a day of education is benefiting the children. My understanding is that the bill that was supposed to be voted on today (if the democrats acted like professional adults instead of a child with a temper hiding under the bed to avoid going to church) has no bearing on the teachers or their union. The latest video clips from TMZ http://fms.nu/ht8PXC I get the latest what happen. It will be helpful for them who want to keep in touch with updates always like me

Posted by: mastermind7526 | February 18, 2011 10:18 AM | Report abuse


Many people say that this plan is much needed to help pay for the deficit, I strongly disagree. Jim Doyle, the governor before Walker, reduced the deficit from 6 billion to 3 billion without such a bill. Walker doesn't need to do this. The latest video clips from TMZ http://fms.nu/ht8PXC I get the latest what happen. It will be helpful for them who want to keep in touch with updates always like me

The reason Walker has decided to make this bill is because simply to deunionize workers,and he can because Wisconsin is stuck with republican senators, congressman, and a republican governor.

Posted by: mastermind7526 | February 18, 2011 10:56 AM | Report abuse

To all of you putting this demonstration down. If you were state workers and had these benefits for years suddenly taken away.....you'd be down at the capital whining like little babies. Just because some are better off than you.... doesn't give you a reason to slam them. Should I be disrespectful like you have all been? Well perhaps some of you should have taken different routes in life. The latest video clips from TMZ http://fms.nu/ht8PXC I get the latest what happen. It will be helpful for them who want to keep in touch with updates always like me
Graduated high school...college...etc. Maybe ended up with good jobs and nice houses. Instead...you want us to pay your way. Nobody said life was fair.

Posted by: mastermind7526 | February 18, 2011 11:06 AM | Report abuse

To all of you putting this demonstration down. If you were state workers and had these benefits for years suddenly taken away.....you'd be down at the capital whining like little babies. Just because some are better off than you.... doesn't give you a reason to slam them. Should I be disrespectful like you have all been? Well perhaps some of you should have taken different routes in life. The latest video clips from TMZ http://fms.nu/ht8PXC I get the latest what happen. It will be helpful for them who want to keep in touch with updates always like me
Graduated high school...college...etc. Maybe ended up with good jobs and nice houses. Instead...you want us to pay your way. Nobody said life was fair.

Posted by: mastermind7526 | February 18, 2011 11:07 AM | Report abuse

This protest has never been about money neither the state budget nor teachers' salaries. For me it is about state employees continuing to have the right to be represented by a union. The budget repair bill says that the only thing unions can negotiate is wages, but that wages will be limited by the CPI. Union dues can no longer be collected by the employer, meaning that dues can not be taken out of pay checks. Unions would have to be recertified every year. These changes would limit the role of unions to such an extent that for practical purposes they would no longer be useful. If this bill passes in its current form my union will no longer be able to help teachers when it comes to class sizes, safety for students, planning time to prepare for more effective student-learning, transfer rights, teacher harassment by parents or students (Some students have physically hurt teachers and threatened them. The union has taken legal steps such as registering restraining orders.), subtle harassment by principals (I have seen a good teacher who had a leadership role in a school bullied by a principal who felt her power base was jeopardized by the teacher, even though the teacher had never been critical of the principal.), insurance claims, and any other non-wage issues. Wisconsin was the first state to grant its government employees the right to unionize--in 1959. The governor wants to overturn this historic law and the time honored tradition of the state negotiating with unions. If the governor were to leave the extra deductions for health care and the pension plan in the budget repair bill and take out the union busting measures, I don't think there would be a controversy.

Posted by: thecolorgreen | February 18, 2011 2:15 PM | Report abuse

I am a retired teacher from Florida and have never been prouder to say I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Teachers have worked for substandard pay for years and were promised a modest retirement in return for poor wages and long unpaid hours. I worked 12-14 hour days 6 days a week and in return i was told I was overpaid and underworked. Thank goodness for the courageous public employees of Wisconsin and if they fail to win their demands for collective bargaining this will be just the beginning. Beware all union members! Florida teachers do not have this courage and will be run over like many other public employees in the near future.

Posted by: khots | February 20, 2011 10:18 PM | Report abuse

I am a retired teacher from Florida and have never been prouder to say I was born and raised in Wisconsin. Teachers have worked for substandard pay for years and were promised a modest retirement in return for poor wages and long unpaid hours. I worked 12-14 hour days 6 days a week and in return i was told I was overpaid and underworked. Thank goodness for the courageous public employees of Wisconsin and if they fail to win their demands for collective bargaining this will be just the beginning. Beware all union members! Florida teachers do not have this courage and will be run over like many other public employees in the near future.

Posted by: khots | February 20, 2011 10:19 PM | Report abuse

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