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Gov. Walker Threatens Wis. Workers With Pink Slips

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Posted on Feb 22, 2011
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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses the media at a news conference Monday.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took to TV on Tuesday night in a quasi-“fireside chat” that included the not-so-cozy warning that if the highly contested bill he’s pushing doesn’t make it through the legislative process with certain clauses intact, layoffs could loom for some state workers.  —KA

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The governor and the unions are in a standoff over Republican moves to end collective bargaining and other measures aimed at neutering public sector trade unions, and Wisconsin has become the test-bed.

Walker, in a statement to the Associated Press, said that if the proposed bill aimed at curbing union rights was not passed, state employees could start receiving redundancy notices as early as next week. “Hopefully we don’t get to that point,” said the governor.

While Walker said the job losses would not take effect immediately, he has warned in the past that up to 1,500 of the state’s 300,000 employees could lose their jobs if the bill is not passed.

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By MarthaA, February 23, 2011 at 9:03 pm Link to this comment

“The Return on Investment?

Some things are known, though. Koch money helped get Scott
Walker the governor’s seat in Wisconsin. And now a major
Koch-related group is spearheading the defense of Walker’s
radical plan to kill public employees’ right to organize in Wisconsin.
The question is whether an actual majority of Wisconsin citizens
want two of the richest men in the world, who do not live here—
and who, as Lee Fang has pointed out, have eliminated jobs in
this state—to be playing such an influential role in the rights of
working people here.The Return on Investment?

Some things are known, though. Koch money helped get Scott
Walker the governor’s seat in Wisconsin. And now a major
Koch-related group is spearheading the defense of Walker’s
radical plan to kill public employees’ right to organize in Wisconsin.
The question is whether an actual majority of Wisconsin citizens
want two of the richest men in the world, who do not live here—
and who, as Lee Fang has pointed out, have eliminated jobs in
this state—to be playing such an influential role in the rights of
working people here.

The Kochs assert that they do not “direct” the activities of
Americans for Prosperity or the Tea Party. No, they just fuel them
with their riches from the oil business they inherited from their
daddy.

And they did not vote for Scott Walker in the traditional sense in
a democracy. Rather, as the Republican Governors Association
spells out, they “invested” in him.

What is the return desired for their investment? It looks like the
first dividend Walker wants to pay, through the help of the
Koch-subsidized cheerleaders from Americans for Prosperity, is a
death knell for unions and the rights of workers to organize. But
tens of thousands of Wisconsin citizens have stood up this week
to say this ROI will not be paid, that their rights will not be the
price Walker exacts from them in return for the largess the Kochs
have shown him as the anointed instrument of their agenda in
this state.”
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2011/02/23-5

Insuring “Confidence Without Merit” Republicans win elections is what the Conservative/Moderate Right-Wing does with all that money they squeeze and squander away from the common
populace.

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By MarthaA, February 23, 2011 at 8:34 pm Link to this comment

“This is our moment, this is our time to change the course of history,”
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker says, talking about his fight with
the unions in a prank phone call that was secretly taped by a Buffalo
journalist Ian Murphy of the BuffaloBeast.com website who was
posing as billionaire oilman David Koch.

Transcript of Gov. Walker in Prank Call: ‘This is Our Moment’:
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2011/02/23-2

Koch Industries’ political action committee was one of the biggest
financial supporters of Walker’s gubernatorial campaign last fall,
giving $43,000 to his political fund.

David Koch also gave $1 million to the Republican Governors
Association last year, and Koch Industries contributed another
$50,000. The RGA spent $65,000 on ads supporting Walker and an
additional $3.4 million attacking Mayor Tom Barrett, Walker’s
Democratic opponent.

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By jomo, February 23, 2011 at 5:00 pm Link to this comment
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What a congenial ambiance;  ‘a fireside chat’ to threaten protesters with a loss of employment if they don’t accept his changes.  He’s not a native “Wisconsinite’ so apparently doesn’t comprehend the historic importance of UNIONS in the State he assumes he’s leading. 

Yes, the state is ‘broke’, as are numerous other state governments; but WHY is that?  It costs the U.S. government over one million dollars to prepare and maintain each and every American soldier presently at war.  The endless WAR in which we find ourselves entrenched is the reason for the collapse of our economy.
Walker, no doubt, would like to replace teachers with those who will teach children the ways of the warmongering corporations.

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By janey, February 23, 2011 at 3:22 pm Link to this comment
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I think it’s time unions reorganize and change their thinking to the problems of today.  They need to get back to their grass roots purposes.  Unions are big, powerful, and rich.  Time for them to rethink who they work for, and what they are trying to accomplish.

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By jltnol, February 23, 2011 at 1:48 pm Link to this comment
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Why hasn’t any reputable reporter asked the Governor why he gave the recent
tax breaks to corporations, which created the current “crisis” that he now wants
someone else to pay for?


I’m GLEEFUL that someone has finally stepped full into it, and has set off all the
demonstrations…  Hopefully, years from now, people will look back and say
that this Governor was the one who “crossed the line”, and too bad for him,
there is no turning back.

What the Gov didn’t count on was overwhelming support from most of the
people in his state, AND the lessons learned from Egypt.

I bet he’s been saying.. “didn’t see THAT coming…”

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By TDoff, February 23, 2011 at 12:40 pm Link to this comment

Scott Walker and his GOPer friends have sure raised a lot of controversy with their anti-union positions. But all adamant pro-union folks should consider this: Since Scotty and all his boob(R)-buddies owe their very existence to the unions of their parents,(in Scotty’s case, the union of Ms. Walker and Mr. ??????), surely you don’t support these unions, do you?

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By DrDan75, February 23, 2011 at 5:41 am Link to this comment

Typical GOP behavior.  Cut corporate taxes down to nothing and then howl about deficits, demanding that working people “sacrifice” to make up the difference.

$5.00 gas is just on the horizon.  How much longer are we going to put up with this crap?

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By MarthaA, February 23, 2011 at 3:05 am Link to this comment

diamond, February 23 at 7:16 am,

The DLC/PPI/3rd Way Conservative/Moderate Democratic Party and
Republican Party Movement IS a Hitler type Conservative Movement
to the letter with the Joseph Goebbels Media sophistry and
propaganda.

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By diamond, February 23, 2011 at 2:16 am Link to this comment

One of the first things Hitler did when he got power was attack and dismantle the unions in Germany. Some of the first people he threw into concentrations camps were unionists. They were beaten, arrested and killed that is when they weren’t just rounded up and locked up in the camps. Adolf Walker is in good company.

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By MarthaA, February 23, 2011 at 2:06 am Link to this comment

Walker says 1,500 employees will lose their jobs if the bill does
not pass and the same amount or more will lose
their jobs if the bill does pass.

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By Robespierre115, February 23, 2011 at 1:29 am Link to this comment

The sad part is the unions remain quite loyal to the Democrats, so don’t expect any real radicalizing of the situation. Americans are not at the point yet where they are willing to risk having their HD TVs burn down for the cause of freedom.

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By SteveL, February 23, 2011 at 12:57 am Link to this comment

Having worked both in the private sector and the public I got to hear this about pensions.  Both told me that pensions were part of the pay package and given in lieu of wages.  In other words they were just a delayed wage.  These pensions and social security insurance often require contributions by the employee.  Now you can see why employees get upset when this promise gets broken especially when the underlying cause is bankers plundering the economy.

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By Queenie, February 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm Link to this comment

FASCIST PIG!!

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By realveive, February 22, 2011 at 9:02 pm Link to this comment

Methinks it’s time to give Gov Moammar Walker his walking papers.  We need leaders who can work with our representative democracy not Hitlerian autocrats.

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