Wednesday, February 16, 2011

wtfisconsin: collective bargaining battle

I knew after the November elections that it was going to get bad.

But readying the National Guard against peaceful protesters?

I thought we elected Walker, not Wallace.

And giving throwbacks to the Unions that supported you in the Election? Despicable.

Yes, I am leaving the state. But this an issue that should be watched from an international level. You can't just assault the rights of workers and get away with it. There should be a fair and public discourse, not a hasty bill that opens up holes into larger funding issues.

Private sector employees are allowed to negotiate benefits. Why shouldn't public sector ones as well? Why should people that want to serve the public be punished because elected officials can't properly manage spending?

Want to know more? My friend Mandi offers a nice examination and balanced viewpoint here.

As the Catholic Church points out 'there is a "moral obligation each of us has to respect the legitimate rights of workers.”'

I only hope that one Republican in the Wisconsin legislature can step up and stand up for human rights.

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