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Labor secretary: GOP governors asking workers to give up their rights
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Posted on 02/26/2011 8:11:48 AM PST by Sub-Driver

Labor secretary: GOP governors asking workers to give up their rights By Michael O'Brien - 02/26/11 10:36 AM ET

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is trying to force workers in his state to give up their rights, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis said Saturday.

Solis, speaking at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) Winter Meeting, accosted Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) for their efforts to reform collective bargaining rights for public workers in their states.

"We know that many states are facing tough budget decisions. We know there's room for shared sacrifice," Solis said. "But the governors in Wisconsin and Ohio aren't just asking workers to tighten their belts, they're asking them to give up their uniquely American rights as workers."

Members of the Obama administration have been careful about weighing in on the labor dispute in Wisconsin, which entered its 12th day on Saturday. President Obama has called Walker's proposals an "assault on unions," but has said little else about it.

As Labor secretary, Solis is somewhat of a point person for the administration on the issue. She met on Thursday with Vice President Biden and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, along with the presidents of AFL-CIO organizations. Her remarks on the dispute before a DNC meeting also reflect the close political relationship between the official Democratic Party and organized labor.

"All they're really asking for is the opportunity to sit down at the table, like grown-ups, and to work together to solve problems," she said of protesters in Madison. "And that's what collective bargaining is all about."


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Should change her title to Union's Secretary, not Labor...
1 posted on 02/26/2011 8:11:49 AM PST by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver
Wait, I thought the adminstration wasn't going to inject itself into a state fight.

You know, like they did from the very beginning.

But not any more.

Unless they do.

2 posted on 02/26/2011 8:14:29 AM PST by Madame Dufarge
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To: Sub-Driver

She ACCOSTED them????????????? Arrest her!


3 posted on 02/26/2011 8:15:32 AM PST by Doc Savage ("I've shot people I like a lot more,...for a lot less!" Raylan Givins)
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To: Sub-Driver
they're asking them to give up their uniquely American rights as workers.

Yeah, they're unique alright. Got the taxpayer by the throat. Since when is one sided bargaining a 'right'..?

4 posted on 02/26/2011 8:18:06 AM PST by Track9 (Make War!!)
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To: Sub-Driver
"All they're really asking for is the opportunity to sit down at the table, like grown-ups, and to work together to solve problems," she said of protesters in Madison.

Fine. Then fire the 14 RAT Senators who fled to Illinois and pick 14 protestors to replace them and sit down at the table.

5 posted on 02/26/2011 8:18:53 AM PST by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Sub-Driver
"...they're asking them to give up their uniquely American rights as workers."

If only there was such zeal to enforce actual Rights enumerated in the Constitution, such as:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

6 posted on 02/26/2011 8:20:37 AM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Sub-Driver

[uniquely American rights as workers]

What the heck is this commie talking about?


7 posted on 02/26/2011 8:21:44 AM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Sub-Driver

The Obammunists don’t know when to stop digging....


8 posted on 02/26/2011 8:21:54 AM PST by freebilly
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To: Sub-Driver

What about the rights of the taxpayers that are paying the wages of these bloated unions? I suppose that the commies in Washington don’t give a fat rat’s backside about them.


9 posted on 02/26/2011 8:23:53 AM PST by meyer (We will not sit down and shut up.)
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To: Sub-Driver

They can go smewhere else to work if they don’tlike it here!


10 posted on 02/26/2011 8:24:58 AM PST by devistate one four ( AARP: Anti America Retired People Kimber CDP II .45 OORAH! TET68)
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To: Sub-Driver

Under Gov. Walkers plan WI state workers can still collectively bargain for pay and working conditions — just not pensions which endebt the state for 30+ years and are not economically viable for the taxpayer. The Labor Secretary is either grossly uninformed or a typical parasite socialist. Or perhaps both.


11 posted on 02/26/2011 8:25:42 AM PST by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Sub-Driver

How does that old adage go ? "Your rights end where my nose begins." I'd say my wallet is well within the sphere of rights my nose maintains. Get your hands out of my pocket, labor secretary.


12 posted on 02/26/2011 8:27:22 AM PST by so_real ( "The Congress of the United States recommends and approves the Holy Bible for use in all schools.")
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To: KansasGirl

bttt


13 posted on 02/26/2011 8:29:05 AM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: Sub-Driver

Unlike the Democrats who are asking the voters to give up their rights.


14 posted on 02/26/2011 8:33:58 AM PST by Brilliant
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To: Sub-Driver
They have every "right" to ask for outlandish benefits and pay, the state reserves the right to say "no".

These people actually believe they should get everything they ask for...unbelievable.

15 posted on 02/26/2011 8:37:50 AM PST by Michael Barnes
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To: Sub-Driver

No, asking the GOVERNMENT workers to give up some of their spoiled brat benefits! THey are not a right! What a bunch of BS and I am tired of being ripped off by theses demon possessed spoiled brats. And what’s more, let’s do away with the income tax while we are at it and the home and car tax! It is criminal to have to pay part of our salary to government and pay the government to own a home or they will confiscate it and sell it! How dare they! I am ready for whatever it takes to regain our prosperity and freedom and put evil back in it’s place. And those idiot dupes on the left can get a regular job and quite bitching! THank you!


16 posted on 02/26/2011 8:38:57 AM PST by fabian (" And a new day will dawn for those who stand long, and the forests will echo in laughter")
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To: freebilly
The Obammunists don’t know when to stop digging....

Yep.

17 posted on 02/26/2011 8:46:03 AM PST by Palmetto Patriot (Just exactly when is the next Election?)
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To: Sub-Driver

>> Title: Labor secretary: GOP governors asking workers to give up their rights

Hardly a mention of the word “union”.

As a non-union, working US Citizen, I’d like to know what special rights are granted to the union folks that are not granted to the rest of the citizens?


18 posted on 02/26/2011 8:48:33 AM PST by Gene Eric (Your Hope has been redistributed. Here's your Change.)
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To: Sub-Driver
All they're really asking for is the opportunity to sit down at the table, like grown-ups, and to work together to solve problems,

From their behavior over the past week they have demonstrated that they lack the capability of acting like grown ups. When my girls were two they knew better than this bunch.

19 posted on 02/26/2011 8:49:30 AM PST by Mygirlsmom (Hiding on the sidelines in Illinois to avoid defeat is not a winning strategy. Just ask Jay Cutler.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Hilda Solis . . there because of what she looks like, not because of merit


20 posted on 02/26/2011 8:50:04 AM PST by A_Former_Democrat ("Ball of Confusion: That's what the world is today . . Hey Hey")
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To: Sub-Driver

Collective Bargaining is not a RIGHT!


21 posted on 02/26/2011 8:54:22 AM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannolis. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Sub-Driver
Well Mayor Angel Tavares in Providence, RI is a gay liberal mayor and just terminated the entire public school teaching staff with the help of the Superintendent and School Committee.
22 posted on 02/26/2011 9:08:29 AM PST by IH8DEMS (.)
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To: IH8DEMS

Not a member of the GOP last I checked.


23 posted on 02/26/2011 9:09:21 AM PST by IH8DEMS (.)
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To: Sub-Driver
I think EVERY State in the Union should put forth a State Constitutional Amendment to remove Unions from ANY Taxpayer-funded employment, and become a Right to Work State, also.

In the end, this corruption must be stopped now, and Americans are FINALLY starting to realize what this Progressive/Socialist scheme is all about.....Power gained through taxpayer forced funding of Politicians' campaigns.

Maybe the funneling of the TARP and Porkulus funds to Unions should be trumpeted more vociferously at this time, and let's get the WHOLE story out.

If you wanna run for political office in the future, you should be forced to fund your OWN campaign, or have a pool of funds made EQUALLY AVAILABLE TO ALL CANDIDATES who gain a certain percentage of the vote in an OPEN PRIMARY for all Parties at one time?

24 posted on 02/26/2011 9:15:13 AM 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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To: traditional1

WEAC PAC Spending - Consistently #1 in all elections - far surpassing all other PACs combined ($11,449,803 since 2000 - All on Democrat candidates.).

2010 Wisconsin Election Cycle - Total Spending: $1,599,094.00

http://www.wisdc.org/index.php?module=wisdc.websiteforms&cmd=pacspending&year=2010&pac=500189

2009 Spring Elections - Spent: $564,993
In the 2009 race for state school superintendent, WEAC supported candidate Tony Evers over Rose Fernandez, Lowell Holtz, Van Mobley and Todd Price.
On March 24 WEAC also reported spending nearly $16,000 on brochures and mailings to support Evers and to oppose Fernandez.
http://www.wisdc.org/ind09pacs.php

2008 Fall Elections - Total Spending: $2,099,984
Direct PAC contributions to 2008 candidates 2007-2008: $39,531
Minimum conduit contributions to 2008 candidates 2007-2008: $98,107
http://www.wisdc.org/ind08pacs.php#i500189

2008 Supreme Court Justice election - Spent: $349,325
http://www.wisdc.org/hijackjustice08indexp.php

2006 Wisconsin elections - Total Spending: $1,993,438
WEAC has two conduits (United Staff Union and Children’s School Fund) through which it contributed over $142,000 to candidates in the 2005-2006 election cycle.
Direct PAC contributions to 2006 candidates 2005-2006: $58,389
http://www.wisdc.org/ind06pacs.php#i500189

2004 Wisconsin Elections - Total Spending: $1,882,427.56
Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $38,939
http://www.wisdc.org/ind04pacs.php

2002 Wisconsin Elections - Total Spending:$1,396,273
Direct PAC Contributions to Candidates 2001-02: $112,100
http://www.wisdc.org/ind02interests.php#weac

2000 Wisconsin Elections Spending: $1,051,369
Groups affiliated with WEAC that supported candidates through independent expenditures are: Coulee Region United Educators ($1,431); Eau Claire Association of Educators ($829); South West Education Association ($1,546); Winnebagoland Uniserv - the 14th highest independent spender - ($3,156) and La Crosse Education Association ($871). These sums are not included in WEAC’s total.
http://www.wisdc.org/hijackinterests.php


25 posted on 02/26/2011 9:19:24 AM PST by sbMKE
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To: Sub-Driver

Solis is dead wrong. What is really being asked, demanded, is for the rights of the average American taxpayer to be restored.

Our right to our paychecks.

Our right to care for our families.

Our right to not be subjected to oppressive union demands.

Our right to representation in public negotiations.

Our right to a level playing field in government.

The list goes on and on, but it is our rights at stake here, not the greedy unions and Democrat Party.


26 posted on 02/26/2011 9:21:43 AM PST by DakotaRed (Why not just pass a law requiring criminals to obey the laws?)
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To: Sub-Driver
Corrupt Hilda Solis, you're an idiot. Your policy as U.S. Labor Secretary is a more severe policy against collective bargaining than the good Governor Walker's proposal.

Boy, are socialists dumb or what?

Union Power for Thee, But Not for Me

27 posted on 02/26/2011 9:32:24 AM PST by Servant of the Cross (the Truth will set you free!)
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To: Sub-Driver
" Labor secretary: GOP governors asking workers to give up their rights "

Well, they got it wrong, as usual...

Those GOP Governors are not asking...
28 posted on 02/26/2011 9:35:23 AM PST by FrankR (The Evil Are Powerless If The Good Are Unafraid! - R. Reagan)
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To: Sub-Driver

“Uniquely American rights as workers?”


29 posted on 02/26/2011 9:37:29 AM PST by 9YearLurker
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To: Sub-Driver
"All they're really asking for is the opportunity to sit down at the table, like grown-ups, and to work together to solve problems," she said of protesters in Madison. "And that's what collective bargaining is all about."

No, they're looking to Mau-Mau the folks on the other side of the table, with threats of just what they're doing right now, on the streets of Madison. They're certainly NOT acting like 'grown ups' right now.

Workers may have the right to demand good working conditions, and a decent wage, but they do NOT have the right to demand unlimited access to the public treasury, which is what they really want.

In fact, if I'm not mistaken, the Gov. HAS allowed for collective bargaining when it comes to WAGES, but NOT when it comes to other benefits, like health insurance or pensions.

30 posted on 02/26/2011 9:40:34 AM PST by SuziQ
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Solis, a liar and hypocrite. Federal employees do not have the same collective bargaining rights as the Wisconsin state employees. If they are truly “rights”, why is she not leading the fight to have these same rights for Federal employees?

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703530504576164822561737348.html

Further, a large number of Federal employees are part of the Excepted Service. They have even less “rights” than Civil Service employees.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excepted_service


31 posted on 02/26/2011 9:42:37 AM PST by Henry Hnyellar
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To: Sub-Driver

Nobody ever had the right to extort an entire State’s tax paying population for endless amounts of money.

Unions are extortion at their root, corruption in their nature.


32 posted on 02/26/2011 10:07:09 AM PST by Monorprise
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To: Sub-Driver

The Secretary of Labor of the United States of America is siding with 11% of the Workforce while ignoring the 89% of the Workforce who support the minority through Involuntary Servitude.

Got it...


33 posted on 02/26/2011 10:11:01 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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To: Henry Hnyellar

Don’t give her any ideas. /s


34 posted on 02/26/2011 10:12:14 AM PST by Kickass Conservative (They bring a Bible to a Memorial, we bring a T Shirt - Long Legged Mac Daddy)
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To: Sub-Driver

LIE ALERT. Totally false.


35 posted on 02/26/2011 10:22:10 AM PST by chooseascreennamepat
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To: Sub-Driver

“All they’re really asking for is the opportunity to sit down at the table, like grown-ups”

So why are they hiding out like children in an Illinois motel?


36 posted on 02/26/2011 10:29:03 AM PST by Qbert ("I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air" - Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Sub-Driver

Two mistakes: they aren’t rights and he’s not asking.


37 posted on 02/26/2011 10:43:57 AM PST by frposty (I'm a simpleton)
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To: Sub-Driver

How about this for ESCALATION: Congress defund the “Department of Labor”!!


38 posted on 02/26/2011 1:00:22 PM PST by JSDude1 (December 18, 2010 the Day the radical homosexual left declared WAR on the US Military.)
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To: JSDude1

Obviously the secy of labor is a bloomin’ idiot. I do hope she educates her self. What a putz. De-fund specifically her pay check. By getting paid for her stupidity she is stealing from us.


39 posted on 02/26/2011 4:00:14 PM PST by hal ogen (1st amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: Sub-Driver

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hilda_Solis

union hack born and bred


40 posted on 02/26/2011 4:07:44 PM PST by rolling_stone ( *this makes Watergate look like a kiddie pool*)
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To: Sub-Driver
Should change her title to Union's Secretary, not Labor...

In the Democrat's lexicon "Labor" and "Union" are synonymous.

41 posted on 02/26/2011 4:46:33 PM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Sub-Driver

I wish the AFL-CIO would cover the salaries of the entire Labor department. They work for them in everything but name.


42 posted on 02/27/2011 3:13:28 AM PST by Impy (Don't call me red.)
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To: Sub-Driver
they're asking them to give up their uniquely American rights as workers."

They are benefits, not rights. No one is asking them to give up their legislated workers rights, just some of their "unique benefits."

43 posted on 02/27/2011 3:20:06 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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