While the Republicans in the Wisconsin Assembly succeeded in adopting the horrendous so-called 'budget repair bill,' a foregone conclusion, the movement to preserve collective bargaining for unions is moving forward.
We have a long difficult struggle ahead, but already there are victories in other states, victories that will make Wisconsin Republicans re-think the proposal of Governor Scott Walker.
WASHINGTON – With a wary eye on Wisconsin, Republican leaders in several states are toning down the tough talk against public employee unions and, in some cases, abandoning anti-union measures altogether.
Indiana's governor urged GOP lawmakers to give up on a "right to work" bill for fear the backlash could derail the rest of his agenda. In Ohio, senators plan to soften a bill that would have banned all collective bargaining by state workers. And in Michigan, the Republican governor says he'd rather negotiate with public employees than pick a fight...
We have a long way to go but these are heartening signs. No matter what the legislature does in Wisconsin, there is going to be a protracted debate on the role of unions and educating the hundreds of millions of workers, both public and private sector, as to the sacrifices made by union members to get future generations the eight hour day, the weekend, and a chance to spend retirement in something better than a cardboard box.
When a few hundred of us, mostly graduate students, gathered on the steps of the University of Wisconsin memorial Union Saturday February 12, 2011 we knew this would grow. But no one envisioned anything like what we will see tomorrow Saturday the 26th. As the sign says, "Screw us and we multiply."