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  • Teachers Get RAISES, Schools FLOURISHING After Scott Walker Kicks Out Unions

    05/03/2016 6:24:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 15 replies
    The Federalist Papers ^ | 5/3/2016 | Robert Gehl
    If they care more about students than teachers’ unions, every school district in the country needs to pay attention to this: When Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker gave the boot to teachers’ unions, liberals predicted a disaster of apocalyptic proportions: Teachers quitting, slack-jawed, uneducated students meandering down vacant downtowns that closed shop. It turns out, though, that Walker’s “Act 10” may have been the best thing to happen to schools and teachers in decades. That’s because not only is teacher pay up for the best students, but without burdensome union rules, school administrators are empowered to make real changes they need...
  • Major Teamsters pension fund to slash recipients' benefits

    10/19/2015 4:10:51 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 133 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 10-19-15 | Rick Romell and Joe Taschler
    No wonder Tom Minerath is angry. Sixty-eight years old and retired since 2007, the Town of Merton man is about to have about $20,000 taken away from his annual pension — money he earned, money that was promised him, money guaranteed in contracts negotiated by one of the country's strongest labor unions. "I'm going to make it through this, but it's just not right," he said. "It's just not right." Which probably sums up the feelings of more than 270,000 people, including thousands in Wisconsin, who have been told by the financially troubled Central States Pension Fund that their pension...
  • Are Walker protesters hurting or helping his 2016 chances?

    08/11/2015 1:04:38 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 4 replies
    WKOW ^ | August 11, 2015 | Greg Neumann
    MADISON (WKOW) -- As Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI) looks to rebuild momentum in the wake of some ebbing poll numbers, could those who have made it their goal to bring him down actually help bolster his chances to capture the 2016 Republican presidential nomination? Pundits of all political stripes agree it was the 2011 Act 10 protests and the failed 2012 recall effort that put Scott Walker in a position to even challenge for the nomination. Now, some of those same protesters could be unwittingly helping him once again. Last Friday, a few dozen union protesters showed up outside of...
  • ‘Did they get me?’: Docs reveal long-time John Doe spying operation (WI)

    06/29/2015 9:52:20 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 19 replies
    Wisconsin Watchdog ^ | 6-29-15 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. – Democrat Milwaukee County prosecutors tapped the email and text communications of conservative activists as part of a five-year probe aimed at bringing down Republican Gov. Scott Walker, affidavits reviewed by Wisconsin Watchdog reveal. One target of the spying operation told Wisconsin Watchdog the methods used to keep tabs on Wisconsin residents were like those of the National Security Agency’s domestic spying program. “It was actually worse because (Milwaukee County prosecutors) were taking the body of emails and looking at actual data,” said the source, who asked not to be identified for fear of retribution from the prosecutors....
  • Wisconsin's shame: "I thought it was a home invasion"

    04/20/2015 6:14:39 PM PDT · by Altariel · 22 replies
    Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full view of the police. Some yelled at...
  • Wisconsin’s Shame: ‘Every Aspect of My Life Is in Their Hands — and They Hate Me’

    04/20/2015 2:01:42 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 310 replies
    National Review ^ | May 4, 2015 | David French
    ‘They came with a battering ram.” Cindy Archer, one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the “Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,” it limited public-employee benefits and altered collective-bargaining rules for public-employee unions — was jolted awake by yelling, loud pounding at the door, and her dogs’ frantic barking. The entire house — the windows and walls — was shaking. She looked outside to see up to a dozen police officers, yelling to open the door. They were carrying a battering ram. She wasn’t dressed, but she started to run toward the door, her body in full...
  • More ‘Walker is Hitler’ rhetoric appears from the left (WI)

    10/20/2014 9:01:59 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 29 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 10-20-14 | M. D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis. — Here we go again — another roadside sign comparing Republican Gov. Scott Walker to Adolf Hitler. “WALKERS MOTTO DIVIDE & CONQUER SO WAS HITLERS,” proclaims the grammatically challenged, hand-written sign pinned to posts just off of Mariner Road near Wisconsin Highway 83 in Hartland. The sign is across the highway from Westbrook Church, an Evangelical Christian worship center at 1100 Wisconsin 83. SIGN OF THE TIMES: Another ‘Walker is Hitler’ sign, this one in Hartland, Wis., amid the state’s heated campaign for governor. If history is any indicator, expect more of these messages during the last 15...
  • Union enrollment plummets for Wisconsin teachers under tough law

    10/14/2014 3:20:44 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 33 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | 10-14-14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Teachers in Wisconsin's public schools have learned a major lesson from the state's landmark 2011 law neutering public sector unions, with more than a third dropping out of their labor organization. Given no choice but to join and pay dues to the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) for decades, teachers have for the last three years been able to opt out. And that is what tens of thousands have done as a result of Gov. Scott Walker’s Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, also known as Act 10. “Given the evidence, it shows that the union's hold is softening," Patrick Wright, vice...
  • Superintendent Tells Mary Burke She Doesn't Know What She's Talking About (WI)

    09/28/2014 1:29:42 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 9-25-14 | John McCormack
    When Wisconsin governor Scott Walker signed a law curbing the power of public sector unions in his state in 2011, Democrats warned that public schools would suffer terribly. But one year after the law had taken effect--and in the midst of a recall campaign that was driven entirely by the backlash to the law--Democratic candidate Tom Barrett could not name a single school hurt by Walker's reforms. When Mary Burke, the Democrat challenging Walker in 2014, was asked last month by THE WEEKLY STANDARD if she could name any schools hurt by Walker's reforms, she replied with an anecdote about...
  • Why Wisconsin won't become Illinois

    09/24/2014 6:07:55 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 2 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | 9-22-14 | Editorial
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, faces a difficult re-election in six weeks. Under normal circumstances, he would probably be coasting to victory. He just beat a recall attempt in 2012, Wisconsin's economy is improving, and he put in place reforms that have already saved the state $3 billion. But of course, this is the issue. His now-famous union bargaining reforms of 2011 have incurred the wrath of America's big labor unions, which are now eager to defeat him. But anyone who doubts the wisdom of Walker's reforms — and the self-interested short-sightedness of the public union bosses — need...
  • Union head files OSHA complaint over Scott Walker ad

    09/19/2014 4:34:53 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    MSNBC ^ | Meredith Clark
    Scott Walker can’t stop digging himself into a hole with union workers. After stripping public-sector union members of collective bargaining rights in 2011, one might think that there wasn’t more the Republican governor could do to anger workers. But Walker, who is locked in a tight race Wisconsin against Democratic challenger Mary Burke, ran afoul of the president of a local steelworkers’ union over a recent campaign ad. In the ad, Walker speaks to the camera from a deep hole. Jeff Kaminsiki, head of the United Steelworkers Local 2006, filed a complaint with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration over...
  • Scott Walker says Madison school district (Mary Burke's) is only one to ignore Act 10

    09/11/2014 6:25:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 7 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinal ^ | 9-11-14 | PolitiFact
    Mary Burke’s position as a member of the Madison Metropolitan School District board has played a minimal role in the governor’s race so far. Gov. Scott Walker tried to change that Sept. 3, 2014, calling on Burke and the board to find savings by using his signature Act 10, which dramatically curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, including those of the district. In a campaign news release, Walker said Madison "will be the only school district left in the state out of 424 to ignore the law and not take advantage of Governor Walker’s reforms into the 2015-16 school...
  • Germantown kindergarten teacher accused of political vandalism identified

    08/04/2014 12:25:56 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 23 replies
    The Wisconsin Reporter ^ | 8-4-14 | M.D. Kittle
    MADISON, Wis – Wisconsin Reporter has learned the identity of the suspect accused of politically motivated disorderly conduct at last month’s Jefferson County Fair. April Kay Smith, 38, a kindergarten teacher in the Germantown School District, was issued a disorderly conduct citation for tearing up and stomping on several signs on July 9 at the Jefferson County Republican Party booth after the fair had shut down for the night, according to a Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department report obtained by Wisconsin Reporter. The incident report, filed by Jefferson County Deputy Heather Larson, states that Smith and her husband, Andrew Smith, 31,...
  • Glenn Grothman slams Leibham over accepting money from a trade union (WI6)

    08/02/2014 9:25:24 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Electon Watchdog ^ | 8-1-14 | Kyle Maichle
    CAMPBELLSPORT – On Friday, 6th District Congressional candidate Glenn Grothman (R-Campbellsport) slammed Joe Leibham (R-Sheboygan) for accepting a maximum limit contribution from a progressive trade union. More: Stroebel, Leibham Trade Barbs Over Voter ID According to records from the Federal Elections Commission, Leibham accepted $5,000 from the Laborers Union International North America (LIUNA) PAC on July 15, 2014. The LIUNA was very evident during the 2011 protests against Governor Scott Walker over Act 10 which was upheld by the Wisconsin State Supreme Court and the federal Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The LIUNA has 500,000 members that are represented in...
  • Wisconsin Court Upholds Law Curbing Unions' Collective-Bargaining Rights

    07/31/2014 11:07:45 AM PDT · by adingdangdoo · 4 replies
    The Wall Street Journal online ^ | 7/31/2014 | Mark Peters and Caroline Porter
    MADISON, Wis.—Wisconsin's highest court upheld a law ending most collective-bargaining rights for government employees in the state, a blow for public-sector unions that have been stymied in their efforts to reverse the controversial measure championed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
  • Federal appeals court gives Walker win on Act 10 (Wisconsin)

    04/18/2014 9:27:04 AM PDT · by UB355 · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 4/18/2014 | Jason Stein
    Madison — Dealing unions their latest loss in court, a federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's tight limits on collective bargaining for most public employees. The ruling by the three-judge panel upheld a September decision by U.S. District Judge William Conley in Madison that the law known as Act 10 does not infringe on the rights of government workers. "Act 10 does not violate the First or Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. We therefore affirm the district court's judgment in favor of the state," the ruling reads. .
  • WI Appeals Court Finds in Favor of the MacIver Institute (Erpenbach, D, WI Smackdown!)

    04/09/2014 7:04:29 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 15 replies
    MacIver Institute ^ | April 9, 2014 | Nick Novak
    "Today is a win for transparency in government and the taxpayers of Wisconsin. The Court of Appeals has agreed with the MacIver Institute that Sen. Erpenbach cannot carve out a special exemption to the open records law for whomever he chooses or try to hide public information when he works for Wisconsin taxpayers," Brett Healy, President of the MacIver Institute said. "Government employees and their unions should not be given a cloak of anonymity to hide their attempts to influence the legislative process. Today's decision requires them to play by the same rules as everyone else." The Court of Appeals...
  • Twinned Cities Now Following Different Paths

    01/13/2014 9:23:42 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    New York Times ^ | 1-12-14 | Monica Davey
    DULUTH, Minn. — The soaring Blatnik Bridge spans a modest body of water but a political gulf. Most mornings around 7, Kim and Kyle Smith drive a mile and a half across the bridge from Duluth, where they live, to Superior, Wis., where they teach. On the same bridge most mornings, scores of workers from Superior head the opposite direction, making their way to a foundry that Andy Fulton’s company runs in Duluth. This is a well-traveled commute between the Minnesota and Wisconsin cities, separated by the St. Louis River. Together, they are known as the Twin Ports for their...
  • Some Unions Collapse in Historic Wisconsin Vote

    12/19/2013 5:01:04 PM PST · by george76 · 49 replies
    media trackers ^ | December 19, 2013 | Brian Sikma
    Numbers of public sector unions in Wisconsin collapsed in the wake of an historic vote that ended on Thursday. The unions are acutely feeling the impact of Act 10, Governor Scott Walker’s controversy-generating collective bargaining reforms of 2011. The reforms require public sector unions to hold annual recertification votes. In order to be certified as unions by the state, the labor groups must get the approval of over 50% of their members. For several weeks now the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission has been holding an open and ongoing vote for over 400 unions, mostly made up of public school teachers...
  • Union elections display how Act 10 weakened Wisconsin's public unions

    11/27/2013 10:16:26 AM PST · by bigbob · 9 replies
    Cap Times ^ | 11-27-13 | Jack Craver
    The day after Thanksgiving, teachers and other school employees across the state will begin voting on whether or not to recertify the unions that have represented them for decades. The voting is done by phone over 20 days, concluding on Dec. 19 and is tallied by the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. The elections are taking place despite a ruling by Dane County Circuit Court Judge Juan Colas that ordered WERC to not go ahead with the elections, which were mandated by Gov. Scott Walker's signature legislation curbing public employee union bargaining rights, Act 10. Colas ruled that WERC was in...