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'Going up Against a Beast': Wisconsin Right-to-Work Fight Heats Up


'Going up Against a Beast': Wisconsin Right-to-Work Fight Heats Up

Deirdre Fulton, staff writer

State and national labor leaders rallied in the Wisconsin State Capitol on Tuesday, ahead of a day-long committee hearing on a so-called 'right-to-work' bill, which undermines collective bargaining by allowing workers to opt-out of paying the costs of union representation.


“Beast” needs to be accompanied by the adjectives avaricious and nefarious. Walker and his legislature are mere pawns in the Koch/corporate chess game…their greed being their only motivator. Obviously, this cabal does not give a damn about the children, workers, teachers, public servants, universities, schools while serving the interests of their corporate backers. The US Bureau of Labor statistics reveal that since 1981 (St. Raygun’s first year in office), the percentage of workers in the private (non-public) sector with retirement plans being a part of their benefit packages went from over 92% to less than 15% in 2011 (last year data published), which speaks volumes about the corporate assault on workers’ compensation. Wisconsin now has the ignominious title of being the WORST state in the nation for non-whites, public sector workers, teachers, and other public servants (elected officials exempted)…Walker with the blessings of the state legislature has transformed the state of true progressives like La Follette, Jr., Feingold, Proxmire, etc. into a mere vestige of its democratic, humanitarian past. (At least there is one shining light from Wisconsin: Sen. Tammy Baldwin.) Look long and hard at the examples of Right-To-Work (anti-union, anti-workers’ rights) states like Arizona and Idaho and their ratings in education, quality of life, racial equality, etc. and you have blueprints for what Walker and his ilk want for Wisconsin.

May the rank-and-file prevail to strike down this attack on the quality of life in Wisconsin!


Dear Wisconsin, ask ur neighbor Michigan how right to work is going. Then ask yourselves why you would follow a proven’ly failed plan


It would help if your union members voted and if 40% did not vote Republican. It would help if you formed alliances with non union workers. It would help if so many of your rank and file were not dog whistle racists who vote to deny help to those who need it.


Wouldn’t it be poetic justice for the value of the differential between actual economy and the trillions lost by the ponzi schemes of the financialization of speculation to meet with a resistance that says once and for all … take it out of the profits of the billionaires.
I am reminded of the sign over the entrance to concentration camps - arbeit macht freid (sp?)


Back to basics: Oil. Obnoxious rush hour traffic. Global economy. Wage-slavery. Violent reprobates committing merciless atrocities. Entertainment. Luxury travel. Homeless neighbor kids going crazy. Where’s Waldo?
Scott Walker is a Waldo. Somebody photoshop that.

I dread only the return of the Bush dynasty, Jebbie, sure to leave even worse conditions behind while rolling eyes as if he didn’t plan it. Piss on Bush.

Oil. Energy. Transport.
Get Walker for cancelling the Talgo project.
Those trains are the finest in the world.
Made in USA during/after WWII.
Those trains would’ve ‘halved’ the cost of California HSR.
Now we see who needs to control rail transport and transit.
Warren Buffett is hiding his mis-management of BNSF,
paying to advertize how BNSF isn’t royally mismanaged.

Keystone XL Pipeline KILLER argument in opposition:
== Pipe to Dakota Bakkan fields ==
Reduces demand for off-shore drilling in Gulf.
Reduces hazards of rail transport and terminal operations.
Safety upgrades to existing petro facilities.
Fuels find more domestic uses.
Questions Keystone XL Pipeline investment priority.


Secunda’s spot on. Let’s hope this fightback doesn’t get sidetracked or hijacked like the last one, into yet another dead end Democratic campaign debacle.

Beyond that, this is about far more than labor’s travails. It’s about austerity and inequality writ large across the landscape, impacting us all, and aided and abetted by both sides beholden to the corporate coin.

Solidarity across struggles is our only hope.

When we have each other’s backs

Our spines can’t help but stiffen


How long have x numbers protested Walker…and still he prevails?
Either some election fraud afoot, or Walker really is that popular; it would seem to be one or the other.


At the heart of the problem is neo-liberal capitalism, it as to be attacked at it’s what supplies it…
One of the things that they fear the most is that people will slow the consumption of goods, what feeds the engine.
We the consumer can make a back door attack on the system by simply slowing intentionally our consumption of goods…
Yes, this will hit us first but over long run it will hit wall street hard… The reality might come home to them that who really controls the show is the consumer. The worker spending is income to live!
We either get a larger share of the wealth created or we slow the system to a dead halt!
We the people have to come to the realization that we all in this together against a “class” of people that see as nothing more then a commodity to be bought and sold at the lowest price.


Some 80% of middle classers support the mandatory, no-rights workfare labor that was actually phase one of the RTW agenda.This defies any concept of equal rights and opportunities. WI has been one of the leaders in creating this secondary workforce of people who can be paid less by reason of class, and have no right to employment choices, no representation/voice, etc. (The spiel is that mandatory workfare “gives people the incentive to work hard, play by all the rules, and succeed.”) Here in WI, we’re so deeply divided by class, middle class vs. the poor, that it’s likely middle classers simply can’t conceive of the poor as actual human beings, and so don’t grasp the hypocrisy of this issue, much less anticipate the inevitable consequences. Either way, we know they will vote for Walker until Walker goes off to DC, like the former gov. (Walker picked up where Thompson left off, doing to the middle class what Thompson did to the poor.)


I think this used to be true, but much has changed since Reagan. US corporations have gone international, and no longer need to depend on US consumers. We’ve been transitioning to bottom wage jobs for years, often temp/part time. Like third world countries, we increasingly make the products to be sold in the more successful nations. Americans tend to think of the country as #1 in overall quality of life, but this is no longer true. We went from #1 when Reagan was first elected, down to #43 by the time Obama was elected. This time, the proverbial “masses,” the poor and middle class, are so deeply pitted against each other that we’re unable to unite, pushing back to restore restrains and rules on corporate powers.


I recently read that part of the reason for the economic slow down in China is that US consumers have slowed down. So, perhaps what you said about it being an international market place is only partially true. The world economies are still very dependent on the US consumer.