Walking Out on Walker

State Democrats Absent for Vote as Wisconsin Budget Protests Swell

Right on! Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller said, “We will return and do our job, but the governor has to do his job.” He noted their return is contingent on changes to the controversial legislation which is supported by Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

I read this piece of crap legislation. 144 pages. Deep into the legalese abyss, page 82 is what really screws the teachers and other municipal employees.

SECTION 223. 111.70 (4) (mb) of the statutes is created to read:
111.70 (4) (mb) Prohibited subjects of bargaining; general municipal employees.

The municipal employer is prohibited from bargaining collectively with a collective bargaining unit containing a general municipal employee with respect to any of the following:

1. ANY factor or condition of employment except wages, which includes only total BASE WAGES and EXCLUDES any OTHER COMPENSATION, which includes, but is NOT limited to, overtime, premium pay, merit pay, performance pay, supplemental compensation, pay schedules, and automatic pay progressions.

They can’t bargain for better working conditions or hours. They can’t bargain for changes to annual pay raises.

Oh all of this doesn’t apply to police, firefighters, or the state patrol. They get to hang on to their rights to bargain. Selective screwing.

Walker called the walkout a “stunt.” Nope. When you punch the constituents of state legislators in the gut, you really shouldn’t be surprised when they stick up for them.

Against a THUG.


4 responses to “Walking Out on Walker

  • Terrance H.

    Yes, Spinny, as a democracy-loving liberal, you should laud the crybaby approach to governing the Wisconsin Democrats are employing; I mean, of course….

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Waaah waaah then. 🙂

      IMHO, time will tell that the walk out wasn’t necessary. The capitol is in chaos. The citizens will be reminded how important these workers are and start complaining loudly. We can’t have snow drifts chest high, schools closed, the National Guard running the prisons, and health care workers at state and county hospitals all disappear.

      Americans can be such crybabies. 😉 The GOP will cave.

  • Terrance H.

    The walkout isn’t even close to necessary. It’s also a dereliction of duty, to be frank. They have a Constitutional obligation they have failed on. I say they all be impeached!

    As for the unions? I don’t care one way or the other. My mom would slap me, considering she was the AFGE district president at one time….

    • SpinnyLiberal

      Meh. Tactical and symbolic move. They’re using the laws to their advantage to slow down or halt the vote. And by not showing up for work, it draws a nice parallel to “collective bargaining rights” that Governor Walker is trying to toss out.

      Hahaha. Smacked upside the head.

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