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Posted at 2:23 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Unions plan Sat. protests in every state capital

By Brady Dennis

A collection of prominent progressive groups and unions, including MoveOn.org and the Service Employees International Union, are working to organize rallies in every state capital at noon local time on Saturday.

The demonstrations, organizers said, are to show solidarity with union workers in Wisconsin and to protest the cuts to wages and public services proposed by Republican governors throughout the country.The planned protests come on the heels of the massive gatherings over the past week in Wisconsin, as well as similar demonstrations in Ohio, Indiana and other states where lawmakers are considering curbs on the collective-bargaining power of unions.

Protests this week have taken place in numerous cities, from Boston to Sacramento.

By Brady Dennis  | February 23, 2011; 2:23 PM ET
Categories:  Labor unions  
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Citizens need to recognize the danger of government unions and that they are bankrupting the Nation. It is estimated there are $3.5 to $4 TRILLION dollars in unfunded government union entitlements that they will look to the taxpayers to fund.

Government unions are a cancer that is destroying this Nation. We can no longer stand the entitlements given by government to government unions. Ban collective bargaining, ban government unions.

There are problems with private unions as well. For example, Obama has ordered that union wages be paid on all government projects. Not the low qualified bid. This adds at least 20% to the cost of every project.

Posted by: Bubbette1 | February 23, 2011 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Bubb

Posted by: Anonymous | February 23, 2011 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Pretty amazing Study on the situation around the US with the Unions.

http://blog.surveytool.com/2011/02/18/uprising-in-wisconsin/

Posted by: michiganman44 | February 23, 2011 3:13 PM | Report abuse

We need to take our country back from the banking, insurance, oil and war oligarchs. They are killing the country.

http://nakedempire.wordpress.com/

Posted by: nakedempire | February 23, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

It is remarkable to me that conservative governors can sign legislation that circumvents existing labor laws such as the Taft-Hartley Act, the Railway Labor Act and others. Focusing job cuts and pay cuts based on union oriented employees is at the very least discriminatory and malicious. How about having job cuts and pay cuts in the non union sector including management and administrative positions. If the governors and the Congress would cause their pensions and benefits to be subject to the same rules as the workers many state and federal budget deficits could be remarkably reduced. This would include putting the public sector's executive pensions and those of COngress as well under social security which would solve a number of fiscal problems.
I am still glad I am an independent voter and thinker.

Posted by: bcmahild | February 23, 2011 4:27 PM | Report abuse

The very foundation of our country is based on a union. That is why it is called the "United States of America". Maybe things aren't perfect, but what is perfect in anyones life or relationship/(union)? I think it is irresponsible to blame one group, when it is obvious to me that we all need to look around and make changes that help strengthen our country instead of weakening it.

Dave

Posted by: Anonymous | February 23, 2011 4:37 PM | Report abuse

The very foundation of our country is based on a union. That is why it is called the "United States of America". Maybe things aren't perfect, but what is perfect in anyones life or relationship/(union)? I think it is irresponsible to blame one group, when it is obvious to me that we all need to look around and make changes that help strengthen our country instead of weakening it.

Dave

Posted by: Anonymous
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This country is built on hard work and sacrafice. The complete opposite of what the unions stands for. Are any of you pro teacher union idiots happy with what is going on in our public schools? Do you think the 50-70% graduation rates are acceptable? I suppose the steady rise of teachers union power and the steady decline of our educational system are just completely unrelated in your minds.

Posted by: peterg73 | February 23, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Their wages of 50k don't bother me.Their 30k benifits per yr. and extravagant pensions certainly do. Private sector workers get nothing like that but are taxed so someone else does? Sign me up!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 23, 2011 9:18 PM | Report abuse

America vrs Democrat Union Thugs.....

I bet on America

Democrats and their Para-Military Union Thugs impeding the will of the voters

Democrat Legislator calling for blood to be spilled

Bring it on, it will not alter the death of Liberalism

Posted by: georgedixon1 | February 23, 2011 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Do any of you anti union idiots getting paid vacation days, sick days, paid holidays, overtime, lunch breaks, health benefits of any type? Thank the unions! The only reason that the private sector doesn't have better benefits and pensions is because the "free market" has already been raped and pillaged by th same A-holes that are after the public sector now. Are you all really that stupid that you can' t figure that out?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:04 AM | Report abuse

Los Angeles is sending bus loads of union people to Madison, WI.

I believe the proper term that has not been used in describing these folks is, "outside agitators."

Posted by: Computer_Forensics_Expert_Computer_Expert_Witness | February 24, 2011 12:08 AM | Report abuse

There are no government union entitlements. They are contractual agreements. The reason that the states can't meet their obligations is because they were heavily vested in the stock market that crashed in 08, if you remember. I suppose that crash was the result of lazy union workers too, that also pay taxes by the way.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:11 AM | Report abuse

Some people call them supporters from across the nation.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 12:13 AM | Report abuse

Many of you are obviously week minded and lazy. We try to pull you up but you only want to tear others down. You cut the buget for schools for 20 years and then blame public employees. Why dont you pay for your war against the boogyman and shut up, Biggots and pretender christians. If you actually read the Bible you might want to help feed and provide medical care to all of the children that you don't want aborted before you shoot them or put a target over their picture. Republicans, The Party Of Hate. Justin Bieber has it right, "you guys are evil". Google that...

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 1:18 AM | Report abuse

Unions are extinct, and too expensive in the Public dole as government.

They are causing people to abandon support for the US Government and State Governments.
2 year long Preppers Depression plans by those taxed enough already sends a pretty strong "No" on funding them.

Posted by: dottydo | February 24, 2011 2:17 AM | Report abuse

Actually, I do not blame unions for getting the best deal possible for their members. But government worker unions present two major problems.

First, intended or not, there is an inherent kick-back scheme built into this symbiotic relationship. Politicians grant more to the unions then receive over $400 million in donations in return. If private sector negotiators received such gifts, they would go to jail.

Secondly, MY negotiator has no concept of profit/loss. Politicians just want angry voices to go away. They get re-elected by being the nice guy. So government "leaders" grant future commitments like they were party favors. Let the next politician worry. That attitude rarely happens in the private sector. In the private sector, the negotiator either owns the business or he/she needs to keep shareholders and board members happy.

Do politics figure into today's battles? Yes. But one has to recognize that citizens need tough government leaders to face tough union leaders. Since we can almost certainly never count on electing tough government leaders, we cannot allow government unions. This strangle hold on tax dollars must be broken.

Posted by: FutureView2010 | February 24, 2011 2:33 AM | Report abuse

This is difficult, concerning the ordinary mans "means." We are not as good as the rich, they know that and so should all of you. WE ARE NOT AS GOOD AS THE RICH PEOPLE, and asking them for money is humbling. Of course they sit on and squander their money instead of doing something really productive like employing people by creating jobs. But I know many public employees who have conveyed to me the numerous screwings the public gets at the hands of their jobs. I don't like hearing it but it balances my opinion that gov't employees make more than the private sector and it should be the other way around. But you all like fkng each other over so much this is the system we have. Keep it up. Have your fun. Have your fun, it is fun, isn't it?

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 2:39 AM | Report abuse

Bust the unions.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | February 24, 2011 3:06 AM | Report abuse

...all i have to say is where were you 20-30 years ago when all our good paying jobs were being outsoursed ..well since you were not there and we dont have jobs ..well ...lol...lol...dont expect us to pay 97-100 of your golden welfare pensions ;;go to h_ll and you pay 97-100 % of your own pensions;;or go w/ 401...or better yet get passed a national retirement plan for all workers of usa..until then get out of my wallet !!

Posted by: bbccmm | February 24, 2011 4:29 AM | Report abuse

..i see you have found a way to control postings so as to stop free speech..so wash post ;;good-bye i am deleteing you from my newspapers to go to !!

Posted by: bbccmm | February 24, 2011 4:35 AM | Report abuse

The ignorance of America is showing when you read these posts. Anyone, anyone at all who has paid attention just a little sees it is not the unions who got us here but the bankers, wall street, republicans who have enabled these people along with the healthcare & insurance industry to do as they please. Cutting taxes on the top 1% of Americans, just that alone would have taken care of a huge portion of our budget problems. Yet, here you read ignorance of the fact about unions.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 5:32 AM | Report abuse

For all of you against Unions, you should stop taking federal holidays, as those were Union negotiated. For those of you whom get wages, salaries, and compensation, you also have Unions to thank for that opportunity. For those of you that get annual cost of living adjustments to your income, you also have Unions to thank for that annual consideration. For those of you that get annual vacations paid by your employer, you need to thank Unions for that free time.

Every benefit you have in your employment agreement, you can thank Unions for those, as well.

Your taxes, you can thank your 'local' politicians for that, while giving tax breaks to big businesses and rich people, that do NOT include you or me.

Posted by: patmatthews | February 24, 2011 5:45 AM | Report abuse

DEMOCRAT ADVOCATING GETTING "BLOODY." SO MUCH FOR CIVILITY.

Sometimes it's necessary to get out on the streets and "get a little bloody," a Massachusetts Democrat said Tuesday in reference to labor battles in Wisconsin.

Rep. Michael Capuano (D-Mass.) fired up a group of union members in Boston with a speech urging them to work down in the trenches to fend off limits to workers' rights like those proposed in Wisconsin.

"I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going," Capuano said, according to the Statehouse News. "Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary."

BR PREPARED FOR THE UNION DEMOCRATS TO START FIGHTS.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | February 24, 2011 6:11 AM | Report abuse

"Los Angeles is sending bus loads of union people to Madison, WI. I believe the proper term that has not been used in describing these folks is outside agitators."
0000000000000000
Our corporate-owned governor has used the term over and over again, so you're wrong. He's a hypocrite because he decries outside influence while he's trying to nationalize union-busting, and admitted it on the tape where he got punked. Workers are tired of getting punked by corporations with no loyalty to America.
And it's been five years since Justice Clarence Thomas said one word in oral arguments.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 6:58 AM | Report abuse

The Unions have seriously over stepped this time and are going to find their public support lacking.

Once the pubic takes notice that as taxpayers the are collecting union dues to be used against them in bargaining more and more states will ban the practice.

Posted by: topgun97365 | February 24, 2011 7:45 AM | Report abuse

The crooks in the GOP are not for fiscal sanity, they are for busting unions. Their bills do not have productivity clauses, only taking away American freedoms. They talk of union dues collected from the gov't used against them, while the language is unconstitutional in WI. Walker got punked thinking he was speaking with one of the Koch bros. with one part being after this is over I'll fly you out to Cali, that would be outstanding his reply, a clear violation of WI law. They are trying to do what Walker said in that conversation not tabling the bill bringing a new one with amendments losing the freedom taking language. The unions have all agreed to the cuts. This absolutely is about union busting. One part of the bill says non-due paying workers can vote for their labor reps in the union, Boy Scouts of America vs Dale is precedent showing it unconstitutional. 5-1 campaign cash advantage is not enough for Walker, the voice of the worker should be completely ineffective.

Posted by: jameschirico | February 24, 2011 8:00 AM | Report abuse

Union benefits for ALL:
40 hour work week; overtime/compensatory time for work over 40 hours; vacation; health care; sick days; smallers class sizes; safer mines; qualified people who use their name; etc.

Unions negotiate with those in power for their rights.

Union members: Public employees; firefighters; police; nurses; school teachers; bus drivers; newspaper employees; pilots; airline stewards; plumbers; actors; athletes; etc.

People who work for a living form and/or join unions for better workplace safety; better benefits; etc.

I'm not a union member but I support unions.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:05 AM | Report abuse

Please send them to other cities as well. I do not live in my state capital but I would LOVE to tell them what I think.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

unions=taxing children and the unborn

Posted by: nugy | February 24, 2011 8:18 AM | Report abuse

Unions have been destroying this country for many years and it is about time to put a stop to that.

Posted by: jmk55 | February 24, 2011 8:37 AM | Report abuse

This whole thing is way overblown.

Unions are trying to make it sound like government workers don't have any voice with "the man", but in reality, state government benefits are pretty sweet, and will continue to be.

The owners of the state government are the taxpayers, and are represented by elected officials, who are never going to drive THAT hard a bargain with workers.

In other words, unions are not necessary.

Posted by: postfan1 | February 24, 2011 8:44 AM | Report abuse

In the words of Norma Rae, "Union."

All workers, everywhere. The problems states are facing include heavy stock-market investment and over-paid administrators and management (and WAY too many of them).

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 8:48 AM | Report abuse

How can anyone with the right mind accept and support the idea that the same unions that contribute to elections, to politicians and ultimately to the government, negotiate the salaries and benefits for the government employees. The unions destroyed our education system, they are responsible for shipping millions of jobs overseas and they have been destroying this country for years. The Democrats refuse to accept it because they are the ones who benefit the most.

Posted by: jmk55 | February 24, 2011 8:52 AM | Report abuse

What this should say is "Union Big Guys Afraid of Losing Big Paying Jobs", that's all it's about. Eliminate these greedy parasites.

Posted by: citigreg | February 24, 2011 8:59 AM | Report abuse

This is simply the way of communist unions . . . stand fast governors and don't give them an inch. if they resort to violent street tactics then they must be confronted head on.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Americans of good faith need to wake up to what tyrany the Republicans (eg Scott Walker et al)would love to embroil this nation -- unions and the right to collective bargaining are American ans the people who are born here and pay taxes.

Get rid of Scott Walker who has proven he is a liar.

Posted by: fairness3 | February 24, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

First: Why should a worker have to join a union and pay union dues to obtain or keep a job? I think this violates a persons "right to work."

Second: Unions are afraid of losing bargaining rights. Often those rights include the union selecting the company that will provide employees health care and how much will be paid for by the employer. In most cases the health care company selected is OWNED BY THE UNION and are generally much higher than that of other health care providers. This is a major source of union revenue and the health care rates generally much higher than that of other companies.

Third: Unions serve little or no useful purpose in this century, especially in government. Although assigned to positions requiring the performance of some work, most union representatives spend the majority of their time doing union business on government time! That means we, as taxpayers, are paying for union work! What a racket!

Posted by: Eddo1 | February 24, 2011 9:18 AM | Report abuse

• With the wars, the deficits, the corruption in our government, the dependence on foreign oil, the price gouging oil companies and all the REAL problems we should be in D.C. marching about...we're supposed to be excited about people marching to preserve their sweatheart labor deals in this economy with this unemployment rate?
Nice fail...America.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

So you want to get bloody do you? We can make your wish come true. We will not be intimidated by thugs.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:33 AM | Report abuse

Smash the unions

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Dave wrote, "The very foundation of our country is based on a union. That is why it is called the "United States of America".

Not a labor union Dave.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

The problem is that we've lived under Republican rule for 20 of the last 30 years. The only president within the last 30 years who not only balanced the budget but left a hugh surplus for his successor was Clinton. Additionally, the Congress has been controlled by the Republicans (with the exception of the last 2 years) since 1994. While Republicans talk a good game around fiscal responsibility they are totally inept when it comes to implement programs that balance the budget. Rather, than implementing thoughtful approaches (that combine cuts with targeted tax increases) they just deflect the issue by putting the problem on the backs of the strapped middle class.

Thank you Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush for destroying our economy.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 9:59 AM | Report abuse

I was a democrat. I see what the democrat party has become and it sickens me. I look around at this great country and all I see now is politicians who lie, steal, and do what they consider right in their own eyes to stay in power at the taxpayers expense. What a difference two years of Obama has made.

I see this great country going over the cliff into bankruptcy. I see chaos. I no longer see unity as in United States of America. I see citizens going after their fellow citizens without any concern for them. I think liberals call it self esteem. Don't hurt little johnny's feelings just give him what he wants and he won't punch you in the nose.
I'm a black man who has lost faith in a man who ran on hope and change. He is destroying hope using chaos, turning my fellow americans against each other and changing our country into an unidentifiable one.

Obama the community organizer is sending his army (unions) out against the states and the people of this nation.
States are going broke but that doesn't seem to bother the unions/your fellow citizens. They demand more from us.
If they get it the state will go broke and turn to the federal gov't for a bailout, the fed is also broke, and just over the horizon the states must deal with Obamacare
( socialized healthcare) which will finish the states off.
If the federal government bails the states out who will bail them out? I think that's exactly where Obama wants us. His socialization of America will be complete. The government will have total control over all business and we will dance to their tune as slaves. No longer freedom and liberty. All because we demand our rights from our fellow citizens. Every man, woman, and child out for themselves.
I expect when it's all done China along with all our enemies will have us exactly where they want us. Weak and bankrupt and ripe for invasion. Enemies of the US will take us without firing a shot.

So go ahead unions go for your fellow citizens blood but just remember this that person you demand more from and are wiling to trample on to get it all is one of your fellow american citizens. He/she is somebody's child, sister,brother, mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandparent.

Is this the kind of country you want now? If so America is finished and all of you contributed to it's death with your selfishness.
It seems America has turned into it's worst enemy.

A house divided against itself cannot stand and Americans are definitely divided against each other thanks to the man Obama.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Citizens need to remember those who died to give us a 40 hour work week, safety standards that supersede corporate profits, and benefits that unions forced factories to give us towards our retirement.
Then remember the record oil profits under Bush. The record profits to Wall Street under Obama. The record profits "given' to every corporate sponsor for the past 30 years and now endorsed by the Supreme Court. The corporations have robbed our nation of its treasury and our citizens of their retirement accounts.
Time to take it back.

Posted by: illinoisremembers | February 24, 2011 10:38 AM | Report abuse

Look at the larger picture. Unions are being attacked because nearly every state is in a fiscal crisis. In turn, this crisis is the result of a national economy that has crashed, thus greatly reducing income and the amount of taxes collected by the states. In turn, this crash was due to Wall Street criminals who deliberately created risky investments to enrich themselves. Add to this the huge tax cuts for the wealthy provided under George Bush and the hugely expensive wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (remember, Iraq was absolutely no threat to us; we chose to go in under false premises in order to assert our power in the Middle East, where a lot of our oil comes from). Get the picture? Irresponsible government, irresponsible financial companies, the s--t hits the fan, and the conservatives use this as an excuse to blame and attack unions.
In recent years, conservatives have engaged in class warfare, supporting corporations and the wealthy at the expense of the poor and middle class; as a result, more and more of our national wealth has become concentrated in the hands of a small percentage of individuals and corporations. It's about time some workers woke up and started saying "Enough!"

Posted by: LeonardoJ | February 24, 2011 11:57 AM | Report abuse

These blogs are an attraction to the narrowest minded, self righteous, uninformed, clueless people we have in this country. This is not dialog; it is spewing hateful, unintelligent, misguided ideological rhetoric at each other. I almost feel contempt for myself for even participating. Everyone wants their boogeyman; unions, liberals, right wingers, conservatives, government, corporations, Obama! Oh, if only THEY did not exist. However, we should first blame ourselves for buying into the flawed promises that politicians use to get themselves elected. Growing up our parents told us things like; “you can’t get something for nothing”, “you get what you pay for”, “nothing in life is free” and all the other adages that compelled us to work for what we wanted. But, then we go to the polls and pull the lever for that man or woman who says I will give you all the things you want; better security, more jobs, good education, improved roads, more prisons, healthcare, etc. Oh, and by the way I will do all that and cut your taxes too! Seems we did not heed our parents and instead became selfish, I want mine to hell with you, individuals. So now, that other old adage, “you reap what you sew” has come to roost and all we can do is blame the other guy. We let the hucksters and snake oil salesmen sell us a bill of goods. We bought into “having our cake and eating it too”. We let them bury us in debt, borrowing billions for our precious tax cuts. We let them sell off national and state treasures to pay the bills. We danced with glee over our pittance of a tax cut while they ran off with their fortune and power. Now we fight over the crumbs that they left. We are pummeling our friends, neighbors and ultimately ourselves trying to get our share of the scraps they left on the table. The nightmare is here! Corporations, the rich and their minion politicians own the country. They have the wealth, they control all the levers and we are beating each other up for their amusement.
When do we wake up? In the 1984 elections, Walter Mondale said we should raise taxes to pay our debt we laughed at him. In the 1992 elections, we threw the first George Bush out of office because he dared to increase taxes to balance the budget. In 1994, we summarily dismissed the democratic congress because they too raised taxes to balance the budget and begin to pay off our debt. Surprisingly, that was working until the 2000 election, when once again we drank the Kool-Aid and borrowed billions so that we could have our pittance. Then in 2010, the unexplainable happened. We opened the door to the asylum and gave the inmates the keys. That same scenario occurred in state houses across the land. Sadly, we did not learn the lesson of our past mistakes. You see people of all shapes, sizes, sexes; colors and creeds sell snake oil. However, “it is what it is”, and “you get what you pay for”. So next time, spend your vote wisely!

Posted by: jdschaf | February 24, 2011 12:07 PM | Report abuse

UNIONS:

ARE EXTREMELY CORRUPT.

ARE LEAD BY GREEDY UNION THUGS AND PROTESTERS?

ARE THE REASON THOUSANDS OF COMPANIES ARE NO LONGER IN BUSINESS IN THE USA.

ARE WHY WE NO LONGER MANUFACTURE OR MAKE ANYTHING IN THE USA, WHO CAN AFFORD THE LABOR? MILLIONS OF JOBS GONE!

THE REASON SO MANY PEOPLE LOOSE THEIR JOB WHEN THE ECONOMY SLOWS. Companies CAN'T GET RID OF LAZY UNDERPERFORMING WORKERS; THEY ARE PROTECTED UNTIL THE COMPANY GOES OUT OF BUSINESS.

ARE THE REASON COMPANIES AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES ARE OVERSTAFFED AN INEFFICIENT.

ARE WHY GOOD WORKERS CAN'T GET PAID MORE!
ARE WHY GOOD TEACHERS CAN'T GET PAID FOR THEIR EFFORTS?

INCITE VIOLENCE! INTIMIDATE THE PEOPLE THAT PAY FOR THE THINGS THEY BERGIN FOR.

ONCE HAD A PLACE IN AMERICA BUT HAVE BEEN DESTROYING AMERICA BY RUNNING COMPANIES AND WHOLE INDUSTRIES OUT OF BUSINESS.

HAVE NO REASON TO EXIST NOW THAT LABOR LAWS PROTECT US.

TEACH THEIR WORKERS THAT THEY CAN'T MAKE A LIVING WITHOUT THE UNION.

DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT MANY WORKERS NEVER NEED A UNION TO PROTECT THEM BECAUSE THEY WORK HARD AND ACHIEVE ON THEIR OWN.

DON'T BELIEVE YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF.

ARE LIKE SPOILED CHILDREN WHO HAVE A FIT IF YOU SAY NO!

SAY NO TO UNIONS! IT'S TIME.

PLEASE TELL ME ONE UNION COMPANY THAT IS OUTSTANDING AND PRODUCES AN OUTSTANDING PRODUCT. THERE ARE NONE. NAME A UNION GOVERNMENT AGENCY THAT IS EFFICIENT, THERE ARE NONE. WHY, UNIONS BREED INEFFICIENCY BECAUSE THERE IS NO REWARD FOR PERFORMANCE.

THE USA WAS BUILT ON FREEDOM AND REWARD FOR SUCCESS AND UNIONS DO THE OPPOSITE.

DOWN WITH THE UNIONS AND THE THUGS AND CRIMINALS THAT RUN THEM, OBAMA IS A UNION LOVING THUG JUST AS CORRUPT AS THE MOST CORRUPT UNION THUG. EXPECT HIM AND HIS PARTY TO CRY AS THEY WATCH UNIONS LOOSE THEIR GRIP ON AMERICA, ITS OVER. EXPECT THE SPOILED BRATS TO GET UGLY, JUST READ THE SIGNS AND LISTEN TO THEM!


Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 5:53 PM | Report abuse

OBOAMA USES THE UNIONS AS HIS ARMY! THEY GET PEOPLE TO FIGHT! PLEASE STOP AND THINK! READ THE GREAT COMMENT BELLOW! THINK!

Obama the community organizer is sending his army (unions) out against the states and the people of this nation.

States are going broke but that doesn't seem to bother the unions/your fellow citizens. They demand more from us.

EVEN IF IT DESTROYS AMERICA, THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT OUR COUNTRY, USA, RED-WHITE AND BLUE, GOD, OUR FOUNDATIONS.


Posted by: Anonymous | February 24, 2011 6:13 PM | Report abuse

We can't turn back the clock to the situation described by Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. Unions are not perfect, but neither is corporate America and the private sector. The imperfection is not a reason to eliminate collective bargaining for the workforce. Life and the future in this country would be miserable beyond imagination without it. I don't want to live in a society with a few wealthy people at the top and the impoverished masses suffering. At their feet.

Posted by: optimistic11 | February 24, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

I am a public school teacher. To all of you who think the unions are there to keep the worker out of poverty--- our union refused a pay FREEZE last year because there were other ways to cut costs (laying off OTHER employees and cut THEIR benefits), so I could get a raise!!!

I am a 16th year teacher, no Master's Degree, I work a cushy regular schedule from late Aug- early June (most teachers will say they work in the summer to prepare for the next year- if they do, it's certainly not a 40-hour week or anything near it). I have 100% free health care coverage (medical, dental, and behavioral counseling)- and it's a GREAT plan at that! I have an AMAZING retirement... and to top it off, I make $72,000/year. And BTW- I work with a number of HORRIBLE teachers who are tenured and earn more than that- but they are protected and get paid huge amounts of money even though their children learn absolutely nothing. My union protects terrible employees no matter how bad they are...

How can I tell the taxpayers that I should keep getting more, while most of them are getting less and less and less...? Oh, that's right- I'm more important than all of you- that's how our union feels. Screw the rest of you, I'll get mine. For years we have refused to compromise- as a result, governors are trying to fix it, since we won't. KUDOS to all of them who are trying to save our economy!!!!!!!

Posted by: Anonymous | February 25, 2011 3:46 AM | Report abuse

The post that states that she/he is a public school teacher is a either a Fake or really lazy and not too smart. No self-respecting teacher will get to their 16th year of teaching without a Master's degree.

Posted by: Anonymous | February 26, 2011 3:05 AM | Report abuse

Follow the money-who benefits if workers have no power? Why did big business give so much to Scott Walker's campaign? We are in danger of being enslaved by big business-do you think they CARE about you? They care about only one thing-profit. Its not free markets, it a new feudalism-and we'll be the peasants.

Wall Street get millions in bonuses and many are duped into chasing false enemies while the real villains laugh all the way to the bank. Follow the money!

Posted by: jeczaja | February 26, 2011 2:17 PM | Report abuse

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