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Unions preparing general strike in Wisconsin?
hot air ^ | 2/22/11 | Ed Morrissey

Posted on 02/22/2011 12:47:05 PM PST by Nachum

Remember that public-sector strikes are illegal in Wisconsin; it’s why a few doctors have been holding open-air clinics in Madison to give out notes excusing protestors from work. Unions in Madison now propose to drop the pretense and declare wildcat strikes if the legislature passes the budget-repair bill that will limit collective bargaining and transform the public sector workplace into open shops:

If Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans pass a budget repair bill that restricts union rights, labor groups in Madison said they would endorse the entire of a general strike of unions around the state.

The South Central Federation of Labor endorsed the idea of a strike at its meeting Monday night, but they didn’t “call” for a strike, since members said they don’t have the power to do so.

There are a couple of caveats to this movement, however. First, the unions want assurances from locals outside of Madison that they will follow suit. If other locals have the same kind of suicidal enthusiasm, then the strike will move forward. If not, then this is just talk.

(Excerpt) Read more at hotair.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Wisconsin
KEYWORDS: general; preparing; strike; unions; wisconsinshowdown
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1 posted on 02/22/2011 12:47:11 PM PST by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Bring it on. This is a fight worth having.


2 posted on 02/22/2011 12:49:20 PM PST by bkopto ("I like being President. And it turns out I'm pretty good at it." Barack Obama, February 2009)
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To: Nachum

All that is happening in WI recently, and which is spreading to other states, is very bad news for the Dems. If the Republicans stand on their principles in this matter, there will be a massive turnout for the GOP in Nov. 2012.


3 posted on 02/22/2011 12:49:29 PM PST by Signalman
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To: Nachum
Fine. Dock their pay. It helps the bottom line and they aren't contributing that much anyway.
4 posted on 02/22/2011 12:49:37 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Nachum

Fire them all. There are millions of people who would love to have their jobs for less pay than they are making.


5 posted on 02/22/2011 12:49:39 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Nachum
Then fire every one of their asses!! In case the idiot liberals in this country have not been listening, we the people, ARE SICK OF THEIR SHIT!!!

The time for placating these unions is over!! Bring on the fight!! I am ready!!!

6 posted on 02/22/2011 12:50:24 PM PST by Fedupwithit ("The welfare of humanity is always the alibi of tyrants" -Albert Camus)
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To: Nachum

It will be interesting to see if the police and firefighters unions join them. They have been exempted from the current efforts to roll back collective bargaining.


7 posted on 02/22/2011 12:50:44 PM PST by NC28203
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To: Nachum
If they're state unions and they strike, let the governor do what Reagan did in the Eighties: FIRE THEM ALL.

What a beautiful move that was. Didn't see too much of that foolishness after that.

8 posted on 02/22/2011 12:51:11 PM PST by Jim 0216
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To: Nachum

Monkey obtains machine gun. The result is entertaining and entirely predictable. The monkey however feels the power and force is on his side.


9 posted on 02/22/2011 12:51:18 PM PST by blackdog
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To: KansasGirl
There are millions of people who would love to have their jobs for less pay than they are making.

Exactly!

Without collective bargaining these leaches would be toast.

10 posted on 02/22/2011 12:52:27 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Nachum

And what’s the result of this craziness? We look like Europe.


11 posted on 02/22/2011 12:52:36 PM PST by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal. Stop Global Whining Now.)
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To: Nachum
Union power comes from their ability to exclude competition. They are essentially cartels. They are able to demand and win wages and benefits far in excess of prevailing market levels. They can do this because employers don't have the option of firing the union workers and replacing them with equally qualified people off the street.

The solution is to eliminate their collective bargaining. If unions don't like it and start trouble, fire them and hire people who are willing to work from the millions of unemployed out there.

12 posted on 02/22/2011 12:52:41 PM PST by arista
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To: Nachum

Never had any particular desire to live in Europe, but I suppose, here we be...


13 posted on 02/22/2011 12:52:52 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Nachum

Fire them. I bet you would have 100,000 people apply for their jobs in a day. Do a cattle call for hiring. The state would be flooded with more people looking for work than strikers.


14 posted on 02/22/2011 12:54:12 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: bkopto
IF the Unions try to pull this extortion scheme state-wide, there should be PLENTY of employment opportunities in Wisconsin for Midwesterners who want to be self-dependent, AND, advancing their careers on MERIT, instead of "longevity/Seniority".

I'm hoping a RICO Lawsuit and prosecution will ensue on those Union Bosses, too.

15 posted on 02/22/2011 12:55:02 PM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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16 posted on 02/22/2011 12:55:06 PM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: Nachum
Obama is already walking back his support. Too late Barry you pushed the Union button and should be prepared to piss off 87% of the nation.
17 posted on 02/22/2011 12:55:26 PM PST by AU72
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To: Nachum

Good. Fire every striking tax eater. They can be replaced by anyone with a room temperature IQ.


18 posted on 02/22/2011 12:55:28 PM PST by Seruzawa (What's Democrat's legacy? Almost 1/2 million dead US soldiers and collapsed cities.)
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To: Nachum

FIRE/NO REHIRE


19 posted on 02/22/2011 12:55:44 PM PST by Wizdum (Wisdom is what you gain when things go wrong.)
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To: Signalman
The old worn out formulas for public union justification just don't create the same efficacy like they used to?

The public is pissed and every time the unions run their mouth they just dig deeper. The media keeps throwing them lifelines to no avail.

20 posted on 02/22/2011 12:55:47 PM PST by blackdog
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To: Nachum

Guess that would include a Tax-Payer Strike, pay no taxes........


21 posted on 02/22/2011 12:56:34 PM PST by Lockbox (`)
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To: Nachum

Good, show the people how worthless they are.


22 posted on 02/22/2011 12:57:41 PM PST by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Buckeye McFrog

We are worse than Europe. They do not elect muslims to destroy their countries. Blair/Browne were pretty close.


23 posted on 02/22/2011 12:57:46 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Nachum

call their bluff, put in place a contigency plan - new students ready to graduate in education - student teaching have them be prepared to step into the jobs. keep in mind let the strike runout till the union benefits run out the unions funds are exhausted. then the teachers request to come to the table - so tough you went out on strike, the union supported you, guess what go to your union and ask for jobs there are people whom are doing your jobs at a whole less in pay and the students test results prove that they are doiing their jobs. go back to your union and ask for your money back. because the taxpayers of this state are fed up.


24 posted on 02/22/2011 12:59:25 PM PST by hondact200 (Candor dat viribos alas (sincerity gives wings to strength) and Nil desperandum (never despair))
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To: bkopto
Dear Mr. CEO of Kelly Services, Please contact me at your earliest convenience regarding an important business opportunity in my state. Whe the phrase "Win-Win" is looked up on Wikipedia, your firm and the Wisconsin taxpayer may be the case example.

I'm looking forward to hearing from you! Regards, John Q Public, of Wisconsin.

25 posted on 02/22/2011 1:01:08 PM PST by blackdog
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To: bkopto

Call up Caterpillar if they need any resource info.

They did a fine job of roughing up the UAW.


26 posted on 02/22/2011 1:01:56 PM PST by nascarnation
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To: Frantzie

Ask the Harley Davidson workers in Tomahawk.


27 posted on 02/22/2011 1:02:03 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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To: Signalman

Going on a general strike will punish the public,
which a lot of folks said was the next step for the left.

Now, of course, this will just harden Americans’ hearts to boot them further out of power.


28 posted on 02/22/2011 1:02:19 PM PST by MrB (Tagline suspended for important announcement on my home page. Click my handle.)
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To: hondact200

There is a ton of stuff that Wisc’s GOP legislature could do right now. They could change teacher certification law. They could bar teacher unions from collective bargaining. Etc. But they don’t seem to be doing squat. Oh...they’re letting their Dem. colleagues vote by phone, apparently.

I said this last week—if the legislator and the governor didn’t take decisive steps quickly, they would lose this fight. I still expect that to happen.


29 posted on 02/22/2011 1:02:51 PM PST by sand lake bar
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To: bkopto

I would tell them to go ahead and strike. They will get awful hungry in a few weeks.


30 posted on 02/22/2011 1:03:05 PM PST by Roklok
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To: Nachum

Up in Canada we are constantly at the mercy of the so-called educators.

Make up some signs that say “GET YOUR ASSES BACK TO CLASSES”. They don’t like it a bit.


31 posted on 02/22/2011 1:03:35 PM PST by JudyinCanada
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To: Nachum
Pass "Right to Work".

Pass a law that any public employee who engages in a strike can be immediately fired.

Pass "At Will" employment.

Pass Voter ID and Vermont-style CCW while you're at it.

32 posted on 02/22/2011 1:04:38 PM PST by PapaBear3625 ("It is only when we've lost everything, that we are free to do anything" -- Fight Club)
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To: Nachum

Fire them all!


33 posted on 02/22/2011 1:04:54 PM PST by RedMDer (Stimulus... hasn't stimulated ANYTHING but The TEA PARTY!!! - Sarah Palin)
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To: Nachum

Do it you bath turds. You are just making AMERICA more angry than it already is about all this cr@p!


34 posted on 02/22/2011 1:07:01 PM PST by Bitsy ( i)
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To: bkopto

It appears the union strategy is to cause the Republicans to fold (or compromise as they often do) before the general public rises up against the unions. This strategy has so far not worked ... so they’re going to take it up a couple of notches.


35 posted on 02/22/2011 1:09:58 PM PST by glennaro
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To: KansasGirl
Fire them all. There are millions of people who would love to have their jobs for less pay than they are making.

And no unemployment. Let them move to CA or NY or whatever blue states remain, and apply for gubmint work.

36 posted on 02/22/2011 1:12:01 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month)
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To: Nachum
Short memories. Does anyone remember PATCO?
37 posted on 02/22/2011 1:16:35 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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To: Nachum

What is it called when they don’t show up for work if not a strike?


38 posted on 02/22/2011 1:20:18 PM PST by sportutegrl
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To: sportutegrl

” What is it called when they don’t show up for work if not a strike? “

Resignation??


39 posted on 02/22/2011 1:28:09 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Nachum

We could have a Reagan moment just around the bend.

There could be some great garage sales coming up in Wisconsin.


40 posted on 02/22/2011 1:47:44 PM PST by Gator113 (I'm voting for Sarah Palin, Liberty, our Constitution and American Exceptionalism.)
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To: sportutegrl
Slowdown, work stoppage or wildcat strike. I'd suspect all are forbidden in their contract. The absent ones since last wed. actually are guilty of the above and subject to firing. They are playing on the emotions and fears of the public with this and will lose bigtime.
41 posted on 02/22/2011 2:09:04 PM PST by Naplm
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

What happened? I remember HD was going to close up in WI unless the union gave concessions. I am not sure what you are talking about. Thanks.


42 posted on 02/22/2011 2:15:02 PM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: Nachum

Oh yeah. Go for it.

Take it out on everyone why don’tcha?


43 posted on 02/22/2011 2:34:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: bkopto
Bring it on. This is a fight worth having.

With sympathy protests all over the country today, Democrat legislators fleeing their offices, and protesters outside FOX, it's clear that a union-organized assault on the nation is underway.

It isn't hard to connect the dots, given that Trumpka "talks to the White House" every day.

A general strike seems like a logical next step.

44 posted on 02/22/2011 2:41:38 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: glennaro
It appears the union strategy is to cause the Republicans to fold (or compromise as they often do) before the general public rises up against the unions. This strategy has so far not worked ... so they’re going to take it up a couple of notches.

This is going to go over worse than national health. They're doubling down on disaster.

Remember how depressed we were at Odumbo's inaugural? Who would have thought that the rats would be imploding just 2-1/2 years later?

Never give up.

45 posted on 02/22/2011 2:45:53 PM PST by St_Thomas_Aquinas
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

I’m keeping the faith, my friend, that conservative principles in clear alignment with traditional American ideals and values will ultimately prevail.


46 posted on 02/22/2011 3:30:54 PM PST by glennaro
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To: Nachum

I’d be stocking up some groceries if I lived up there.


47 posted on 02/22/2011 4:14:32 PM PST by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: arista

I believe the numbers were 175,000 public sector employees and 96,000 teachers,hmmmmmmmm didn’t Governor Walker say he would create 250,000 jobs? I’m just sayin’


48 posted on 02/22/2011 5:46:46 PM PST by sniper63 (Did you plug the hole in the border yet daddy........)
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To: Nachum
If the public employees strike, fire them, refuse to allow them to work for the state again,and save on their pensions.

Garde la Foi, mes amis! Nous nous sommes les sauveurs de la République! Maintenant et Toujours!
(Keep the Faith, my friends! We are the saviors of the Republic! Now and Forever!)

LonePalm, le Républicain du verre cassé (The Broken Glass Republican)

49 posted on 02/22/2011 6:40:50 PM PST by LonePalm (Commander and Chef)
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To: Frantzie

The union gave concessions. H-D stayed.


50 posted on 02/23/2011 5:24:58 AM PST by Eric in the Ozarks (Go Hawks !)
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