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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."
You know, like they did from the very beginning.
But not any more.
Unless they do.
She ACCOSTED them????????????? Arrest her!
Yeah, they're unique alright. Got the taxpayer by the throat. Since when is one sided bargaining a 'right'..?
Fine. Then fire the 14 RAT Senators who fled to Illinois and pick 14 protestors to replace them and sit down at the table.
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.
[uniquely American rights as workers]
What the heck is this commie talking about?
The Obammunists don’t know when to stop digging....
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.
They can go smewhere else to work if they don’tlike it here!
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.
Unlike the Democrats who are asking the voters to give up their rights.
These people actually believe they should get everything they ask for...unbelievable.
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!
>> 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?
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.
Hilda Solis . . there because of what she looks like, not because of merit
Collective Bargaining is not a RIGHT!
Not a member of the GOP last I checked.
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?
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
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.
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
2008 Supreme Court Justice election - Spent: $349,325
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
2004 Wisconsin Elections - Total Spending: $1,882,427.56
Direct PAC Contributions to 2004 Legislative Candidates: $38,939
2002 Wisconsin Elections - Total Spending:$1,396,273
Direct PAC Contributions to Candidates 2001-02: $112,100
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 WEACs total.
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.
Boy, are socialists dumb or what?
“Uniquely American rights as workers?”
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.
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?
Further, a large number of Federal employees are part of the Excepted Service. They have even less “rights” than Civil Service employees.
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.
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.
Don’t give her any ideas. /s
LIE ALERT. Totally false.
“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?
Two mistakes: they aren’t rights and he’s not asking.
How about this for ESCALATION: Congress defund the “Department of Labor”!!
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.
union hack born and bred
In the Democrat's lexicon "Labor" and "Union" are synonymous.
I wish the AFL-CIO would cover the salaries of the entire Labor department. They work for them in everything but name.
They are benefits, not rights. No one is asking them to give up their legislated workers rights, just some of their "unique benefits."