Simply sharing a few readings today: The latest on privatization of care for the disabled from Senator Kathleen Vinehout. —————- From Walker budget removes “Wisconsin” from the UW: “They want the UW System to be a glorified technical school that produces workers for corporations, and not as a source of public good that provides research more »
Walker begging for money is not exactly the newsiest portion of a February 28 New York Times article on “Rich Donors”. For years now Walker has been bee-lining to rich men in Palm Beach, Orange County, New York, and D.C. to play the martyr up against the big, bad unions who made him run through more »
On Saturday labor leaders at the big staged microphone delivered speeches to between 3,000 and 5,000 Wisconsinites about maintaining the long fight to preserving worker rights, workplace safety, and “the middle class” and they called on their members to contact their legislators. Meanwhile, the rank and file in Wisconsin discusses the futility of showing up more »
You can see an album of 32 photos in all from Tuesday’s rally at my flickr account. noise of rain has a write-up on the day’s event entitled, “Right To Work in WI: Sadness & Solace”.
Yes. I am sick to death of it. February 26, 2015 Machinists Union leader alludes to general strike at Wisconsin Capitol rally I’m getting sick and tired of coming to these rallies, singing Kumbaya, and end up getting screwed,” Phil Gruber, Midwest territory general vice president for the Machinists Union, told some 2,000 people attending more »
The open pit iron mine never made economic sense and from day one it’s been clear EPA wasn’t going to approve it. It did, however, serve as a divide and conquer tool for Walker. It got LiUNA and other construction unions to drop their solidarity for public sector union workers and it got all the more »
Yes. He actually said that. “In CPAC Speech, Scott Walker Says He Can Take on ISIS” Feel free to use this here meme.
Maybe I overreact but . . . I saw this new web site where people can register their support for the Wage Theft Bill (what Republicans call the “Right To Work” bill) and the first thing I thought was that this is a place to register forever those who are for and those who are more »
I have some questions for you, reader. But first, I just wanna share these essentials: * The Wage Theft Bill (AKA “Right To Work”) was passed 17 to 15 in the Wisconsin Senate last night. * There’s a noon labor rally in Madison Saturday. It’s hosted by AFL-CIO. Check out the facebook event. It will more »
From the people of Milwaukee and the group Wisconsin Rise Up we have this video. Post by Wisconsin Rise Up. Brrrr. I suppose it is much easier to march in the cold with determination than it is to WAIT around for something unseen in the cold (like I waited for my 15 minute late bus more »
The following comes from the post “GENERAL STRIKE” at The Devil’s Advocates Radio Network – Wisconsin: Madison-A unanimous vote of three represented labor unions and other assembled activists (at a hastily called luncheon #crute was invited to attend) to support a #GeneralStrike . A General Strike was the only unifying strategy discussed to block Right-to-Work more »
Shit’s hitting the fan in Wisconsin about things that threaten to have a devastating effect on the people who live in Wisconsin. Like Walker’s latest slash and burn public education budget, the ballooning state debt, and the unveiling of a Right To Mooch bill. (I keep separate the rejection of a Kenosha casino despite the more »
Dear Wisconsin, Two quick thoughts I have for you are: 1) I doubt rallies alone are going to do the job. You need to strike. Give it some thought, please. 2) If other rallies spring up please alert me in the comments section or send me a tweet at @bluecheddar1. MADISON WHAT: Rally to Oppose more »
Robin Vos and Scott Fitzgerald are calling an “extraordinary” session next week to take up Right To Work legislation. Fitz says he “plans to hold a vote either Wednesday or early Thursday” next week and that the legislation should be out later today, Friday the 20th. Read more at MJ Sentinel or NBC15. What To more »
Once again Walker is spinning the rightful protest actions of Wisconsinites into a persecution fantasy for himself. This time Matt Walker, his son, has taken part in skewing the picture. But before we consider that, let us first take in the glory that is citizen action taken to protect the needs of our public. Below more »
I was just thinking the only way Wisconsinites can exert some political pull on Scott “Governor Weasel” Walker is to move to Iowa. Perhaps I was wrong. The City of Stevens Point set a less radical course of action on Monday by unanimously resolving to oppose Walker’s proposed slash and burn cuts to Wisconsin’s public more »
The following information comes from the Petroleum Summit’s facebook event. Important notes: * If you want to go, you must register for the event in advance HERE. Saying you are going on the facebook event does not count as a registration. * Check back with the facebook link for up-to-the-moment changes in the event. ———————————— more »
There is now a comprehensive #SaveOurUW calendar web site. A Friday February 13th rally in Eau Claire, WI is not listed there – but it is found on facebook. A Saturday NOON February 14th rally is also scheduled on Library Mall at UW Madison’s campus: facebook link. If you need a bit of inspiration, watch this video more »
Walker’s pants are engulfed in flames over at Politifact now. For continued reading on WHY he’s wearing hot pants, see “Power of the Wisconsin Idea“. To keep up with Wisconsin’s response to Walker’s proposed cuts for the state university system, see #SaveOurUW on twitter, or on facebook. Image used with permission of O.L.B.
Railway tankers haul tar sands oil as well as benzene, sulfuric acid, hydrochloric acid, acetic acid, and other toxic substances. In effect the tanker cars serve as pipelines on wheels. How do you feel about these substances being transported through La Crosse, Wisconsin and its marshes? That is what this video from Alan Stankevitz and more »
Check back here tonight to see more photos and videos of the shutdown of Doty and Hamilton Streets, the march, and more (I’m out of time and going to work now). This is a 43 second video showing you how intense and large the march in the streets was on Tuesday here in Madison, Wisconsin.
Dane County Executive Joe Parisi sent an email to county public employees that said, “..our contracts are no longer legally allowed, following the expiration of the 2014 agreement.” Not surprised Parisi won’t put up a fight for workers. However seeing the AFSCME Political Action Director Jason Sidener do the same in this Cap Times article….. more »
A former chief of police, Tim Kelemen, is saying that the mental duress he experienced throughout the Tea Party’s battle with the Town of Campbell has caused him enough harm to have disabled his mental health. Kelemen’s undisclosed mental health condition, confirmed by doctors and counselors, erupted in December “after the extreme harassment, including death more »
So, this happened. Hat tip to Wisconsin Soapbox for alerting me to this development (he also writes more on it than I do). “Fox affiliate TV reporter Meghan Dwyer was booed off the stage when she declared “Public schools suck!” while accepting a Midwest Emmy Nov. 1 for a report on bullying in the Milwaukee Public more »
Update: Heard from a local friend that the primary thing going on here is the police union is trying to put a smear on the Minneapolis mayor because she is making them wear body cameras. Apparently the conservative Hubbard family, which owns this TV station, is helping the union commit the smear. —————————– Before you more »