Category Archives: Unions

Madison Teachers Inc./Public Employees Local 61: Collective bargaining law violates Wisconsin’s constitution

Two unions have filed a lawsuit in Dane County where Scott Walker’s efforts to end collective bargaining law for most public workers is unconstitutional. Attorneys for the state of Wisconsin have a month to respond and a judicial decision will take at least 90 days. Madison Teachers, Inc. (MTI) andRead the full story »

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Celebrate and honor contributions workers make to the strength and well-being of America on Labor Day around Wisconsin!

This is a listing from a couple sources. Find out more about Labor Day. A great place to go to on Labor Day in Madison is the LaborFest! LaborFest-Madison When: Monday, September 5, 12:00pm – 5:30pm Where: Madison Labor Temple, 1602 South Park St., Madison, WI Description: The South CentralRead the full story »

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Ronald Reagan’s 1948 radio ad shows what Republicans have been doing for years

In 1948, Ronald Reagan, then a Democrat, did a radio ad for Senator Hubert Humphrey. In the ad, he supported not only Humphrey but unions, veterans and others as well. You can hear how the Republicans were stripping away rights of workers and slashing programs for children and other recklessRead the full story »

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June 15, 2011-Wisconsin labor unions file lawsuit to block anti-union budget repair bill in Federal Court

A coalition of Wisconsin unions, who would be stripped of the democratic ability and long tradition of collective bargaining, have filed a Federal Court lawsuit fighting back against the Walker power grab and war on public workers. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO joins a broad coalition of worker right’s organizations todayRead the full story »

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May 26, 2011-Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi voids anti-union collective bargaining rights law

The Fitzwalkerstan Sock Puppets were handed some disappointing news that they actually have to adhere to laws that the state of Wisconsin has in place that make sense. The Wisconsin Open Meetings law requires 24 hours notice of any meeting, which can be shortened to two hours if “good cause”Read the full story »

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May 14, 2011-Mahlon Mitchell (Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin) spoke at the “Fight Is Not Over” rally (video)

Mahlon Mitchell, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin, gave a fantastic speech at the “Fight Is Not Over” rally at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin on May 14, 2011. This is raw, unedited footage.

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Wisconsin Republicans hell-bent on ramming through extremist right-wing legislation by June 30

The Fitzgerald Brothers have admitted it. Now other Republicans are admitting it. They see the Recall elections in July as a opportunity for them to ram through off-the-wall, right-wing extremist legislation before the tables are turned and there isn’t a Republican Rubber Stamp majority to appease the Koch Brothers andRead the full story »

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If Walker tries to stop collective bargaining rights, unions may still exist without official state recognition

Hopefully there wouldn’t be a need for unions to have to give up collective bargaining rights, an American tradition and one that even Walker has admitted would not affect the budget, as he admitted that repealing collective bargaining rights would not save the state any money (watch at 1:32 ofRead the full story »

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Democracy Now: David Cay Johnston on Gov. Scott Walker’s False Claims of Taxpayer Subsidies For Workers

David Cay Johnston, author of Free Lunch: How the Wealthiest Americans Enrich Themselves at Government Expense (and Stick You with the Bill) (link to Amazon) skewers Scott Walker’s distortion on collective bargaining and worker wages on Democracy Now.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court will hear arguments on collective bargaining bill June 6

While the Supreme Court will continue the legal process on the first attempts by Walker to bust unions, the collective bargaining language may be put into the recent budget talks, making the possible protests to happen all over again. Here is the timeline: The Wisconsin Supreme Court said Wednesday itRead the full story »

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Taxpayers would pay for costly, non-union charter schools that would probably fail

Former United States Assistant Secretary of Education (for George W. Bush) Diane Ravitch, who was an avid fan of charter schools and school choice, had learned that her love of charter schools and school choice was abject failures that didn’t provide better student grades and merely lined the pockets ofRead the full story »

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April 14, 2011-Scott Walker admits that stripping collective bargaining rights “doesn’t save any” money (video)

Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) questioned Scott Walker at the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in Washington DC, where Walker was feeling relaxed from his Koch Brothers-sponsored fundraising tour on the East Coast. Walker was so relaxed that he basically admitted he was been lying through his teeth allRead the full story »

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April 1, 2011-Thom Hartmann discusses Wisconsin issues with John Nichols in Madison (audio)

Thom Hartmann interviews John Nichols at the Capitol about events in Madison and across the country on Friday, April 1, 2011: Note: Make sure to visit Thom Hartmann’s site and offer some support.

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March 31, 2011-Judge Sumi rules Act 10 union-busting law is NOT in effect

The word “no” can be applied here. Again… NO! MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge has ruled the state’s explosive new collective bargaining law is not in effect. Dane County Circuit Judge Maryann Sumi issued a restraining order earlier this month preventing the secretary of state from publishing theRead the full story »

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March 30, 2011-Walker Administration is officially “confused” about whether Act 10 is law or not

The Walker administration, through the communication from Administration Secretary Mike Huebsch, is officially “confused” about whether the Act 10 union-busting bill is actually law or not. Gov. Scott Walker’s administration wasn’t saying Wednesday whether it will continue to implement legislation sharply curbing union bargaining by public employees. Tuesday, a DaneRead the full story »

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