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    Anything To Keep It In The Union

    Anything To Keep It In The Union

    A post at POWIP by an author who lives in Madison, WI, documents how in mid-March, with the budget repair bill having recently passed, a variety of unions in Sauk County acceded to all management demands, including giving “carte blanche [to the county] with regard to the economic conditions of employment” (audio at 4:40).

    Remember, we have heard how collective bargaining was critical to protecting workers. 

    But in Sauk County, the unions didn’t care about the workers, they simply would do anything to keep the unions in place, and thereby keep the flow of union dues coming.

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    I listened to the hours of debate during the recent WI Joint Committee on Finance. One aspect that surprised me when I heard it was the Walker Bill (union contribution) savings being referred to in past tense. Meaning, they are proceeding as if that money is there already.

    It wasn't a Republican senator that said it either. I forget which departmental staff member said it, yet it went by without a peep of challenge by anyone.

    It was during the 3rd session covering the UW system reform. Of which, I'd like to see the whole system go private. Pop that education bubble. "Paying more, getting less"

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/01/education/edlife/01public-t.html?_r=2&pagewanted;=1

    Back in the early 80's, I worked for a small company that tried to unionize with the Teamsters Local 560, whose vice-president used to be the infamous Tony Provenzano. It was the talk of the shop. When the union found out we only had a total of a dozen drivers and a couple of mechanics, they kicked them down to talk to a local garbage haulers union. I guess we weren't a big enough fish to help fill their slush fund.

    I also got a wrench thrown at me which hit in the middle of my back as I was walking away by the punk mechanic who started the whole union thing because I refused to join. Fun, fun, fun.


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