AFL-CIO Says Unions Won’t Stop Fighting Wis. Bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — AFL-CIO leaders say union members in Wisconsin will keep fighting against proposed anti-union legislation, even if it passes.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka said Friday that workers won’t stop organizing in the streets, and will certainly make their voices heard at the ballot box.

Tens of thousands of protesters have descended on the Capitol in Madison to oppose the bill. They’re chanting, beating drums and waving signs criticizing Gov. Scott Walker.

The Republican governor wants to remove collective bargaining rights from most public employees. Republican lawmakers say they have enough votes to pass the bill, but Senate Democrats left the Capitol to prevent a vote from being taken.

Trumka says it’s important that unions never give up. He says they’re the last line of defense against corporations that are already too powerful.

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  1. Billy says:

    This has nothing to do with corporations! This has to do with tax payers getting the shaft, we are paying your salary and we say you are overpaid! If we don’t have a guaranteed pension and we have to pay for our own health care so should you!

    1. Lonnie says:

      Instead of trying to drag others down,to your level of misery, maybe you people in the private sector need to take a look at demanding better pay and benifits from your employers. The rich bussiness owners keep your wages as low as possible and don’t give benifits simply because they want more for themselves. What is currently happening is a beautiful orchestrated campaign to get the private sector and public sector fighting when the real culprits are rich corporation and business owners who are simply so greedy they want lower wages for everyone, not just public employees. If there was not a minimum wage bill, many many people would be working for $3 an hour. Where do you think the extra money would go? In the owners pocket so he can get a newer Escalde or BMW while you try to figure out how to buy groceries. Wake up people, your getting used by the elite, and they could care less about you. Wake up.
      If you take time to get past the rhetoric, maybe you can get some facts. Here in Minnesota my wife is a county Social Worker. Yes, she has a good hourly wage. BUT, after state taxes, federal taxes, Social Security taxes, insurance, union dues, retirement contribution, she takes home 49% of her gross !!! Fact: between her monthly health insurance premium and deductable she pays over $1000 a month for family health insurance. Fact !!! So what sound like “high wages” is a lot different when you see the facts.
      One final thing. Why doesn’t anyone complian about doctors, lawyers, dentist, fees and wages for example ??? Hmmmm, seems like public employees are simple the current scapegoat. Remember someday it could be your turn.

    2. Lonnie says:

      Misery likes company. Work to get better wages and benifits for yourself instead of trying to pull others down to your level.

    3. Terri says:

      Union workers do pay for their health insurance; just like non government workers. Government workers on the whole are being paid less than the same jobs in the open market. Negotiate changes in the pensions; don’t eliminate Unions or collective bargaining!! Funny things is Walker isn’t going after the unions that did support him in his election……….

    4. Paul says:

      YOU DONOT PAY OUR WAGES WE EARN OUR WAGES AND IF THE REBUBLICANS WOULD QUIT GIVING CORPORATIONS ALL THE TAX BREAKES INCLUDING NO TAXES THEN OUR TAXES WOULDN’T BE SO HIGH AND EVERY STATE WOULDN,T BE THIS FAR IN DEBT ALSO YOU ARE FREE TO GET A PUBLIC JOB AND WE ALSO PAY TAXES

  2. TP says:

    “They will make their voices heard at the ballot box”! What difference will that make as they all voted for Democrats anyway. Union leaders are scared to death that they will lose their cushy jobs when the dues stop coming in.

  3. Jason says:

    We are all free to choose a different career if we dont like our current one.

  4. gabbyt says:

    Why are a “priviledge” society. When anyone, in there right mind, can justify pitching a fit over being asked to pay half of the lowest end of average amount that EVERY private worker pays for their healthcare converage. No wonder this generation all thinks that all they have to do is breathe and they deserve something. Look at what our teachers are teaching them. GREEDY, GREEDY, GREEDY.

    1. Paul says:

      We are not greedy we nagotiated these contracts in GOOD FAITH if the States Leaders didn’t AGREE to them why didn’t they say NO then GO UNIONS VOTE DEMOCRATE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. It's all about breaking the union says:

    This has EVERYTHING TO DO WITH CORPORTATIONS. It is just a union busting tactic to aid the fat cats in industry!!! (Republican backers)

  6. JD FROM ALA says:

    Hitler’s 1922 “Mein Kampf” clearly outlines how he will control the people. Among the 1st steps is to outlaw trade unions and replace them with his own union – the Gestapo.

    As a retired government worker, my union came to the table and negotiated certain conditions for my employment. Among them: reduced wages, time off, partial pay for health care, etc. Now that I’m retired, I expect the employer to honor that agreement. It may be argued today, that contracts signed decades ago can no longer be honored by one party to the contract but that would mean rewriting the laws upon which the contracts were written. I, as a retiree, would then have to receive more money to pay me such as a lump sum and thus eliminating any future benefits. The newly hired employees would receive greater pay up front and would then be free to manage health care, time off, working conditions, and retirement themselves.

  7. JD FROM ALA says:

    Hitler’s 1922 “Mein Kampf” clearly outlines how he will control the people. Among the 1st steps is to outlaw trade unions and replace them with his own union – the Gestapo.

    As a retired government worker, my union came to the table and negotiated certain conditions for my employment. Among them: reduced wages, time off, partial pay for health care, etc. Now that I’m retired, I expect the employer to honor that agreement. It may be argued today, that contracts signed decades ago can no longer be honored by one party to the contract but that would mean rewriting the laws upon which the contracts were written. As a retiree, I would then have to receive more money to pay me, such as a lump sum, thus eliminating any future benefits. The newly hired employees would receive greater pay up front and would then be free to manage health care, time off, working conditions, and retirement themselves.

    I hope that’s going to happen and without the power of millions of union members to work against the employer, this case the government, it could happen..

  8. MN Tom says:

    I say fire all the teachers for an illegal strike, and then start to recall all the democrats that have left the state, it seems that the teachers and democrats are one in the same. being paid for doing nothing. teachers not in the classroom and democrats not in the office. Typical of the gimmee gimmee greedy mentality that has been ruining this country. Next Mr. Walker needs to go after all the illegals in the state and cancel all handouts for them. They will self deport. Then when the rest of the country sees this it will happen everywhere, then this country will be great again.

  9. Sasha says:

    The difference between private sector unions and public sector unions is that in the private sector, those bargaining with the union are the business owners; in the public sector, politicians bargain with your tax dollars

  10. Jon says:

    Tom, you just made us all stupid for reading what you just said.

    1. Lori says:

      I quit reading it after “fire all the”…I knew it was an idiot writing. Thanks for letting me know i didnt waste my time. Wonder what kind-of-a job a guy like that has?

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