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CA public employees rally in support of WI counterparts
Sacramento Bee ^ | February 24, 2011 | Jon Ortiz

Posted on 02/24/2011 2:31:10 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

.....As they sang, "Solidarity forever, for unions make us strong," to the tune of the chorus of "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," about 35 tea party activists gathered across the street holding their own signs:

"No more free lunch!" and "Scott Walker for President!"

Richard Woods, a retired contractor who lives in Penryn, stood with the smaller group wearing a red visor with "Tea Party Patriots" stitched on the the front.

"I think the unions are right to be running scared," he said. "Middle America is coming after them."

Wisconsin unions have said they'll accept the higher out-of-pocket payouts that together equal an 8 percent cut to take-home pay, but tens of thousands of employees mobilized in the last week to protect their union bargaining rights.

Ironically, an outright win over the unions by Walker would mean less to California government employees than if he and Wisconsin Republicans compromise by taking the money and leaving union bargaining intact.

"If (Walker) triumphs, the same thing won't happen in California. It would be seen as too extreme," said labor historian Daniel J.B. Mitchell of UCLA's Anderson School of Management. "But a compromise … one could see Republicans here saying, 'Well, they did this in Wisconsin,' and it would be taken as a model for California."

Nelson Lichtenstein, director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy at UC Santa Barbara, said that a Wisconsin compromise could have a cascading effect as Brown grasps for solutions to close the state's $26.6 billion deficit. Gov. Jerry Brown has been in talks with six unions still without contracts.

"It would give Brown cover," Lichtenstein said. "He could look at Wisconsin and say (to the unions), 'I can take a little more out of your hide.' "....

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bargaining; teachers; unions; walker; wisconsinshowdown
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

1 in 6 Wisconsin Workers employed in government jobs

The truth behind Wisconsin collective bargaining - Teachers unions specify union-owned health insurance, reap profits.

Top 10 Private and Government Employers in Wisconsin

Establishment Product or Service Size (Dec. 2004)

Wal-Mart Associates Inc
Warehouse clubs & supercenters
20,000+ employees

University of Wisconsin-Madison
Colleges & universities
10,000-19,999 employees

Milwaukee Public Schools
Elementary & secondary schools
10,000-19,999 employees

Department Of Corrections
Correctional institutions
5,000-9,999 employees

Menard, Inc.
Home centers
5,000-9,999 employees

City of Milwaukee
Executive & legislative offices, combined
5,000-9,999 employees

Kohler Co
Enameled iron & metal sanitary ware mfg.
5,000-9,999 employees

Kohl’s Department Stores Inc
Discount department stores
5,000-9,999 employees

Walgreen Co.
Pharmacies & drug stores
5,000-9,999 employees

Marshfield Clinic
HMO medical centers
5,000-9,999 employees

Source: DWD, Bureau of Workforce Information, ES-202, July 2005

21 posted on 02/24/2011 4:12:42 AM PST by sbMKE
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Liberal activists/teachers using RACE to wag the tail of education (pit groups against each other; heap guilt on impressionable students).

Upscale school revives a satire about race [Student actors confront their fear of offending people, as they depict a 1960s Southern town that can't function when all the black folk disappear]

TX Schools at odds in racial division - Hearne ISD sues nearby Mumford for "white flight" MUMFORD -- A little more than a decade ago, the tiny school district in this community of cotton fields and drying feed corn was a candidate for extinction: just 80 students, kindergarten through eighth grade, attending class in a 1925 schoolhouse.

Today, it is the envy of Robertson County: three new campuses stocked with computer labs for all students, televisions and VCRs in every classroom, and consistently good scores on state standardized tests.

….Hearne school board members have complained that Mumford is stealing its most academically talented students, hurting Hearne's performance on state tests. More importantly, the district loses approximately $5,500 in state aid for every student that leaves, more if the student can be categorized as one deserving additional state aid such as special education.

In 10 years, Hearne has lost hundreds of students to Mumford, many of them white. In 1993, blacks made up 47 percent of the Hearne student body, whites 28 percent and Hispanics 26 percent. In 2002, just 12 percent of the students in Hearne schools were white, 58 percent were black and 30 percent were Hispanic.

During the same period, the racial makeup of the Mumford school district went from majority Hispanic to majority white.

Hearne's attorney said this is not by accident. Henslee accuses Mumford of actively soliciting transfers.

What's more, Henslee said, the practice violates the federal desegregation order that governs Texas. While the order allows students to transfer from one school district to another as long as the receiving school district can accommodate them, it expressly prohibits transfers that will alter the racial makeup of either school district by more than 1 percent..”

A Cry in the Black Education Wilderness Links to the dumbing down of minority students (keeping 90% voting for Democrat candidates.

22 posted on 02/24/2011 4:21:52 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (All
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Madison — One Republican senator is seeking to change Gov. Scott Walker’s bill to repeal most bargaining rights for public unions. But so far, most of Sen. Dale Schultz’s GOP colleagues aren’t backing his effort. Source

MADISON Wisconsin Senator Dale Schultz "Schultz is a 1975 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he played basketball and was member of the UW national champion rowing team. He and his wife, Rachel, own and manage their family’s farm, which became a Wisconsin Century Farm in 1998. He is a member of the Wisconsin Farm Bureau, the Masons, and the Lions. In his free time, Dale enjoys, as he puts it, “watching the feathers fly” hunting game birds, golfing, and spending time with his family.

Dale and Rachel have two children, Katie, a recent graduate of UW-Madison, and Amanda, a student at UW-Madison." Madison, WI 53707-7882

23 posted on 02/24/2011 4:27:57 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (All
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Sweet. Unionized slug gov layabouts vs private sector tax slaves.

This is going national.

Break out the pop corn.

24 posted on 02/24/2011 4:38:31 AM PST by Leisler (Our debts are someone's profit. Follow the money, the vig.....)
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25 posted on 02/24/2011 4:58:29 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (All
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I think people are really coming to the conclusion that Public Employee Unions are nothing more than institutionalized taxpayer spending that goes directly into the DNC Campaign coffers.

Our tax money goes to pay union wages where their forced dues are immediately decremented and a significant part of that lands Directly in the DNC Campaign War Chest to elect Democrats. So Public Employe Union Contracts are simply a legally forced free money machine for the Left Wing Politicians and they LOVE it. Bernie Madof couldn’t have designed any better than the DNC/Unions have it as it is today.

Also, with the Public Employes Union there’s no need r justification to smite the boogie-man evil rich CEO, because the American People are who the ones who pay their wages.

Add into that the fact that their contract deals are so much more lucrative where they also don’t pay for health care or their incredible pensions and you have a Nation-wide revolt against said Public Employee Unions.

Normal people are looking at what they have in the private sector and seeing the ugly disparity of benefits/wages that the Public Employees get and they are angry enough to finally do something to put a stop to it.

26 posted on 02/24/2011 4:58:40 AM PST by R0CK3T
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You’re damn right!

27 posted on 02/24/2011 5:11:45 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife (All
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Uh Oh!!! Expect Obama to send bailout money to KalifOrnia!

28 posted on 02/24/2011 5:40:10 AM PST by eaglestar
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