Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Wisconsin Update (March 1/11)

I'm torn, I'm torn. Got things to do, but want to continue to witness the awesome people power on display in Wisconsin.

So, for those who might also be obsessed interested, here are a few links.

First, an interview with someone who's still occupying the Capitol and has been from the beginning.

Next, an illuminating read on why the Right is attacking unions, ACORN, and Planned Parenthood.

And here's some very good news. The tide may be turning in favour of the unions.
By a modest margin, more say they back Wisconsin’s public employee unions rather than the state’s governor in their continuing dispute over collective bargaining rights. Roughly four-in-ten (42%) say they side more with the public employee unions, while 31% say they side more with the governor, Scott Walker, according to the latest Pew Research Center survey, conducted Feb. 24-27 among 1,009 adults.

To catch you up on overnight developments: There are about 100 people still inside. More wanted to get in but weren't allowed, so they pitched tents outside. They were then told they couldn't pitch tents there. Tents were taken down and about 50 people slept outside in February/March in Wisconsin with just sleeping bags and blankets.

They are using pizza boxes from donated pizza for insulation.

Those Sconnies, as I now know to call them, are some tough mo-fos.

UPPERDATE: Judge has issued an order to have the Capitol open to the public! Effective immediately. The people are winning. A little.


Fortuna said...

Union Myths

"Unions are always making unreasonable demands."

What is a reasonable wage demand? One that meets the workers’ needs? One based on the employer’s ability to pay? One that is tied to productivity? Or one that the media thinks is responsible? When unions make up their wage demands, they usually try to catch up to the cost of living. Most wages don’t keep up with the cost of living. Unions also know that they must give and take and compromise in bargaining and this affects the level of wage demands too.

Most importantly though, unions try to get their members a wage that gives them a fair standard of living.


double nickel said...

There are always two sides at the bargaining table. The unions don't get anything more than the other side is prepared to give up. Pissed off at union benefits? Talk to the employer that agreed to them.

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