Thursday, February 17, 2011


Latest news in Wisconsin Liberal/Progressive/Democratic fight to halt New Republican Governor's plan to eliminate collective bargaining for State Union workers in his radical new budget.

MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin state senator says the 14 Democratic lawmakers who are boycotting a vote on a controversial anti-union bill have left the state.
Sen. Jon Erpenbach says the group wants to force negotiations over the Republican-backed bill, which would strip most public employees of their collective-bargaining rights.
Erpenbach told The Associated Press that he and his colleagues had left Wisconsin, but he would not say where.
He said the plan is to slow down the bill because it's "tearing the state apart."
Senate Republicans can't vote on the bill unless at least one Democrat is present. Police could be dispatched to retrieve them, but it was unclear if they would have the authority to cross state lines.

With all the Democratic Senators gone... the Statehouse Senate does not have a quorum to vote on the proposed budget!!!

The first rally today, announced at approximately 5 pm yesterday drew about 150 to the court house steps in Beautiful Downtown Oshkosh.  The second rally, at UW-Oshkosh, drew about two thousand, predominately students, but containing a good mix of State and City employees as well as University workers.  Teachers at UW-O are not Unionized.  At both rallies members of Local Firefighters and Police Unions, not affected by the Governor's proposal, attended to lend support to affected Unions.

**Just a footnote.... I attended the first rally with my ex-wife, a teacher of highly at risk special students.  She is a minor Union Official.  She declined to attend the second rally because of , "... issues with some of the students. They need me."  Several of them are at the 'fine line' between being in school or being in jail.  Most are from damaged families and many are on probation.  Divorce can be a many splendored thing..... but I am proud of her, her dedication, and her willingness to balance her own self interest with the needs of others.

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... and just when workers need help...... RUSS!!

Russ Feingold's new Progressive PAC

.... a new revolution may have started in the USA.... and it's not the Tea Party.... this one has intelligent people!

Spread the word!!  next rally tonight, 5 at the Opera House Square!


Lee said...

Nice job, Jimm! Keep the updates coming, if you can.

Sue said...

I'm so proud of those protesters!! This could easily happen in NJ because of our pig buffoon Christie!

I've already had a troll comment on my post when he didn't even read it, just watched FUX news for his info!

susan said...

I wish I could be there and it was good to hear workers in Ohio also marched in response to the troubles in Wisconsin today.

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

Let's see what they do in NY when Mr. Cuomo starts cutting.

MRMacrum said...

The images bring back memories of when America was finally fed up with the Viet Nam War. The last marches on DC were not just crazed students, but also included moms and pops, kids and dogs, and grandmas being carried by their loved ones. What is happening in Wisconsin reminds me of that. Average Americans exercising their rights. It is indeed a beautiful thing.

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