Wisconsin Worker Freedom to Agree?


The GOP in Wisconsin just launched a new Wisconsin Worker Freedom web site. 

Its there to let you express your opinion on the Right-To-Work legislation

It even shows the twitter feed for @wiworkerfreedom, and gives you a chance to send tweets to them.  Interestingly though, the "feed" on their web site only shows the tweets they want you to see - the ones that promote the Right To Work legislation. Compare the site to the actual twitter feed for @wiworkerfreedom . Now, it's not at all surprising to realize that the GOP only wants to hear opinions supporting their union-busting interests.  We saw that the last couple days during the public hearing where the vast majority of people speaking were against the bill, and a very large percentage speaking in favor were from other states. And which ended early because the GOP was afraid that people would speak out of turn.  This was a "threat".  Remember these are the same people who found little girls doodling in the gallery to be a threat because they might write something they did not like.  They took their paper away.

No. 1 most disgusting silence on right-to-work-for-less bill: public-safety unions exempt from Act 10

This week the players' unions for Major League Baseball, the National Football League and the National Hockey League all issued statements opposing the Republican Party's blitzkrieg move to turn Wisconsin into a so-called "right to work" state that would gut private-sector union power. http://www.wqow.com/story/28204175/unions-for-professional-athletes-oppo...

Burying the lead: News media ho-hum about state's latest, lousy jobs report

The official State of Wisconsin web page reporting on jobs is still stuck in the past, touting the fact that, as of last Dec. 12, the state's unemployment rate had declined to 5.2 percent. Whoopee! Party on, dudes!

And so far, the state's news media haven't done much to update that skewed perception of great results under Walkerism. Oh, it did come up in today's Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, albeit buried in the back of the paper's business section, with this relatively understated headline:

The dumbest question asked by a GOP senator at Tuesday's sham right-to-work hearing

As reported by the Wisconsin State Journal: When opponents of the right-to-work law said, based on real experience in other states, that the law would encourage some employees in a union shop to "free ride" on the benefits obtained through collective bargaining by the union, State Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) wondered aloud why employees would chose not to pay union dues if the benefits are so valuable.

Walker union busting didn't just damage both organized labor and Wisconsin's economy, it created a new social rift

The Washington Post and Salon.com have both just produced new articles on how Scott Walker's Act 10 law has in three years not only weakened public employee unions (as was its intent) and not only damaged the state's economy (which may have been an unintended consequence) but also has generated a third, under-reported side effect.

This extremely pernicous effect is one that Walker -- who has preached the alleged evils of "big labor bosses" and "big government" on his permanent-campaign trail -- arguably would not find problematic. From the Post's story:

Where is the love for "right to work"?

This is a guest editorial by Lori Compas. Lori is the executive director of the Wisconsin Business Alliance.

by Lori Compas

I spent this morning calling local chambers of commerce in Republican state senate districts in an effort to get their take on the so-called “right to work” legislation that is scheduled to be introduced at the State Capitol this week.

Since the State Chamber of Commerce, or WMC, is strongly supporting the legislation, I was curious to learn where local business associations stand on the issue.

Specifically, I wanted to learn the answer to this question: Is WMC really representing Wisconsin’s broad and diverse business community when it claims that businesses want legislators to enact “right to work” laws?

The answer was astonishing: I could not find a single Chamber in the districts of senators Fitzgerald, Cowles, Moulton, Petrowski, Nass, Lasee, or Harsdorf that supports “right to work.”

“You have got to be kidding!”

“You have got to be kidding!”
Advocates Respond to Privatizing Family Care & IRIS
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“You have got to be kidding!” a Chippewa Valley advocate responded when I told her about a plan to potentially turn Family Care over to a for-profit insurance company.
Family Care and its fee-for-service sister, IRIS, provide thousands of Medicaid-eligible frail elderly and disabled people the help they need to remain in their homes. Services could include help getting places; keeping a job; managing money; preparing meals; keeping healthy; bathing and dressing.
People who benefit from Family Care or IRIS might easily end up in an expensive institution. Personal care and other workers help them stay in their own home – and many times – stay gainfully employed.
If the current version of the governor’s budget becomes law, it will mean big changes to care for frail elderly and disabled people of modest means. For the rest of us, it could mean many more of our neighbors and family members end up in expensive institutions. Worse yet, folks could be stranded at home without the services they need to independently live and work.


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