The mass protests continue in Wisconsin State as tens of thousands of Union members and their supporters flood the capital to protest Republican Governor Walker’s efforts to strip the Unions of their collective bargaining rights and to bust the Unions once and for all. Claiming that taking away the bargaining rights for over 300,000 government workers is necessary to balance the state budget, it is clear that Walker’s anti-union bill has but one real goal — to eliminate the Unions and do away with decent wages and benefits for American workers for the benefit of big business and corporations. Not only would Walker’s bill require Wisconsin government workers to pay a larger share of their pension plans and health benefits (which they are willing to do), the bill would also strip away the collective bargaining rights of the Unions, forbid the Unions from requiring workers to pay Union dues, and require the Unions to hold yearly re-certification elections. Make no mistake — this is Union busting in action.
This new Republican assault against Unions and working Americans in Wisconsin has indeed become a national battle ground for worker’s rights as what happens in Wisconsin is the fore bringer to what will happen in other Republican-governed states — including Indiana and Ohio — that are also pushing for anti-union bills under the falsehood of balancing the budget.
The Republican Party has long been the party for the wealthy and big business, but now they have officially declared war on working class Americans. Republicans love to demonize public workers as being overpaid and claim that they and the Union contracts are the cause for state budget deficits. However, it is the Republicans insistence on giving large tax cuts to big business and the wealthy that contributes much more to said deficit. Once again the working class is being told by the Republicans to make all the sacrifices while the wealthy and big business benefit. Once again…
What is happening in Wisconsin has angered millions of Americans, myself included, as this time the Republicans have simply gone too far. They insist on giving tax breaks to the wealthy. They insist on repealing President Obama’s national health care plan. They insist on cutting social programs that benefit children, the poor, and the elderly. And now the Republicans insist on busting up the Unions and taking away workers’ rights. This is about as un-American as you can get. Forget about Al-Qaida and Bin Laden, the Republicans are doing more damage to America now than the terrorists ever could.
I know the value of Unions, as I have had a couple union jobs in the past, one at a Washington State hospital, one at a major newspaper. Was I overpaid? Was I a freeloader? Hardly. I did enjoy, however, having representation on the job to ensure a safe work place, fair wages, job seniority, and the protection from being fired without just cause. We all know what happens with jobs not represented by a Union: jobs are exported overseas, wages are cut, benefits are dropped, and job openings are filled by temporary agencies. Helles belles, in a non-union job a boss can fire you if he doesn’t like your hair cut. Unfortunately, wages have been cut and benefits have been dropped even in Union jobs over the past ten years or so, but at least Unions still offer much more protection to workers than non-union jobs. In corporate America it’s all about the bottom line. It’s all about company profits. It’s all about the shareholders. Screw the workers. Let’s bust up the unions, we don’t need them anymore in the “new economy.” Pretty soon we are all working for minimum wage with no benefits. What’s next? How about we repeal the 40-hour work week? How about we repeal the child labor laws? How about we turn America into a third world country? Is this the America we want? Is this the America the Republicans want? Apparently so. So screw the workers again, and especially screw the public sector workers in Wisconsin. They are just overpaid “freeloaders” anyway, as Rush Limbaugh so eloquently puts it.
Thankfully, millions and millions of fed-up Americans are throwing their support behind the Unions and the workers in Wisconsin. This is an important time in modern day American history, a defining moment. It’s time to take a stand against Republican efforts to turn America into a corporate nation. No third world status for America, no thank you, Governor Walker, no thank you, Republicans, no thank you, Tea Party. It’s time for a stand.
That’s all I have for now. More to come later…