Scotty's Revenge ~~ The Massacre Continues in Wisconsin, 2011

"Scott Walker" and the "Koch Brothers" - "Walker is a Kochroach. Kill the Bill."

Bobble head "Scott Walker" with bobble head "Grandpa Moneypenny" (AKA Koch Brothers). Three college students doing a little guerrilla theater.
Bobble head "Scott Walker" with bobble head "Grandpa Moneypenny" (AKA Koch Brothers). Three college students doing a little guerrilla theater.

State Budget Crisis ~ CAPITOL SHOCKER

GOP Maneuvers Push Bill Through Senate: Thousands Storm Building, Yell "General Strike!"

Those were the headlines on the morning of Thursday, March 10.

Just when I thought it couldn't get much weirder.

The last I'd heard before this, it looked like things were starting to calm down. The Fab Fourteen even sent an email asking for a Wisconsin-Illinois border meeting to negotiate.

Another judge had ruled recently that the Capitol had to be open to the public --- just like it says in the Wisconsin Constitution --- but that people couldn't sleep overnight there, and they couldn't tape signs on the walls.

Same picture as above

I tried to crop it with Photoshop, but was not too successful.
I tried to crop it with Photoshop, but was not too successful.

Note the Irony

Apparently the Democrats have been saying all along that collective bargaining clauses don't belong in a budget bill. That was one of the reasons the Fab Fourteen left the state. They didn't want to be forced to vote on a collective bargaining bill that was masquerading as a budget bill.

A budget bill has to have a quorum of twenty members of the state senate to be voted on. That quorum could not have been met without the Fab Fourteen.

So, last night, the majority Republicans turned around and just took out the fiscal parts of the bill and voted on the collective bargaining part --- without any Democrats present.

So, where's that alleged budget-balancing mandate they keep talking about. That's supposed to be the big urgency here.

I guess it always really WAS about busting the unions, as some folks have said right from the beginning.

There was no notice of this vote, as required by Wisconsin statute.

The Capitol at Night

Last night, March 9, 2011, though, was not a pleasing night for honest people.
Last night, March 9, 2011, though, was not a pleasing night for honest people. | Source

A Night Meeting and Vote Without Notice

On the evening of Wednesday, March 9, 2011 (Ash Wednesday!) the Republicans in the Wisconsin state senate decided to take the economic and fiscal clauses in the "budget repair" bill out. This would allow them to vote on the collective bargaining aspects alone.

They would therefore not need a quorum. They needed a quorum to vote on any fiscal bill. That's why the Fab Fourteen left the state --- to deprive the Republicans of the quorum they would need to vote on the bill.

"Manure Spreader"

"Hey, Scott. It's not your playground."
"Hey, Scott. It's not your playground." | Source

Erpenbach Says Republicans Lied

"They have been lying. Their goal is to bust up the unions," said Sen. Jon Erpenbach, D-Middleton.

Senate minority leader Mark Miller said, "We saw the complete stripping of long-held rights before our eyes. It was stunning."

Miller and Sen. Bob Jauch, D-Poplar said this will mean a stepping-up of recall efforts against the Republicans senators.

Senator Jauch said, "This was an act of legislative thuggery."

Clownface

What can I say? I'm not making it up.
What can I say? I'm not making it up. | Source

Saturday, March 12, 2011

The Fab Fourteen returned home. They assured us all that they were going to continue to fight. The first thing we had to do is elect Kloppenburg for state Supreme Court on April 5th.

There are also efforts to recall the governor and his cronies in the legislature who "voted" to "pass" the bill in the middle of the night, without notice. Secretary of State Douglas LaFollette said he would delay getting the bill through the Legislative Reference Bureau, to give the courts time to rule on some consitutional challenges to the bill.

Reverend Jesse Jackson was here again. He started out with a prayer for the folks in Japan.

Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC) and Marty Beil, director of AFSCME Local 24 here in Dane County, both spoke of the proud history of workers' struggles --- going back one hundred years or more. They reminded the crowd that many workers have died for the right to organize.

(Mary Bell;  ----- Marty Beill -- [rhymes with "peel".] I know it's confusing.)

Too Much Mud to Stand on the Grass

Otherwise, there would be people standing there, too.
Otherwise, there would be people standing there, too. | Source

SOLD

Glad to have the Fabulous Fourteen back, though.
Glad to have the Fabulous Fourteen back, though. | Source

Fitzwalkerstan 2011

"The Law? . . . We'll just change it."     ~~  "Truth . . . Overrated."
"The Law? . . . We'll just change it." ~~ "Truth . . . Overrated." | Source

The Good Old Days, Back in February

When people were still "allowed" into the Capitol. Who cares what the state constitution says, right?
When people were still "allowed" into the Capitol. Who cares what the state constitution says, right? | Source

All Workers Deserve Respect

"Fair and Open Process"
"Fair and Open Process"

Proud to be a Public Employee

February 19, 2011, inside the Capitol.
February 19, 2011, inside the Capitol.

Be Sure to Check Out My Other, Earlier Hub

If you want to find out more, please be sure to read my earlier Hub on the rally and protests.

The rallies and protests started around February 14. Some folks count it from Friday, February 11, 2011, when the governor first sent a letter to Marty Beill, president of AFSCME Local 24.


Daylight Savings Time in Wisconsin

"In the rest of American -- 60 minutes forward. ~~  In Wisconsin -- Fifty Years Backward." Nice, homemade sign.
"In the rest of American -- 60 minutes forward. ~~ In Wisconsin -- Fifty Years Backward." Nice, homemade sign. | Source

Kill the Bill - Stop Walker

A small minority of folks came out. Not just this day, but every day ---- more than a month, so far. But, they're probably just the lunatic fringe, right? Obviously a bunch of thugs, to boot.
A small minority of folks came out. Not just this day, but every day ---- more than a month, so far. But, they're probably just the lunatic fringe, right? Obviously a bunch of thugs, to boot. | Source

Union Buster

This is a homemade sign, with a great caricature of Walker.
This is a homemade sign, with a great caricature of Walker. | Source

Crossword ~ Thank a Teacher

Walker. Fitzgerald. Lied. Greed.
Walker. Fitzgerald. Lied. Greed. | Source

Then There's the Ongoing Saga of My Blankies

Not to mention my pillows.

I still don't know where the heck they are all hanging out. Perhaps they're hiding in Illinois? No, not hiding. Just trying to prevent the quilts with the corporate backings from greasing the judges at the quilt contest.

Somebody told me they were piled up at one of the entrances to the Capitol, but that was while the Capitol wasn't accessible to the public --- a shameful day, in any event.

Somebody else told me they'd be at the museum across the street from the Capitol.

I'm finally better, so maybe I'll have to go check soon.

Meanwhile, of course, I have to get back and start protesting again.

Forward

Saturday, March 12, 2011 - Robert M. LaFollette, former governor of Wisconsin.
Saturday, March 12, 2011 - Robert M. LaFollette, former governor of Wisconsin. | Source

Legislators Place Signs of Solidarity Facing Out

I guess it's too small to read the signs in the windows, but these are the offices of legislators in the Capitol. The legislators have printed up one letter per page to make signs of "Solidarity" and other messages of support.
I guess it's too small to read the signs in the windows, but these are the offices of legislators in the Capitol. The legislators have printed up one letter per page to make signs of "Solidarity" and other messages of support. | Source

Old-Time Tractor

Sorry about my thumb in there :-( I just got there when the old-time tractors were leaving. They'd been going around the Capitol for about an hour, though. As you can see, they also love the Fab Fourteen.
Sorry about my thumb in there :-( I just got there when the old-time tractors were leaving. They'd been going around the Capitol for about an hour, though. As you can see, they also love the Fab Fourteen. | Source

More Thugs

Lunatic fringe again.
Lunatic fringe again. | Source

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Au fait 21 months ago from North Texas

So many people don't understand that even if they're not union members, unions still affect them. Unions set the tone. If unions didn't require a reasonable pay and reasonable conditions and treatment of employees, private sector employers would get away with a lot more. With no unions, Walmart will soon be the standard regarding wages, conditions, and treatment of employees. Incredible how many people think that's OK.


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Huntgoddess 21 months ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

I will never understand it, either.

They want to go back to the days of Charles Dickens, I think? That's where it's headed, even though they try to deny it.

I'm really hoping that "Right to Work" (for less) legislation does not pass. There was a big rally on Saturday, February 28. The capitol filled up again, even despite the wretched weather.

Well, we're still singing at noon every weekday at the capitol. The Solidarity Singers have their own Facebook page. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by, and for commenting on my Hub, Au fait.

I should probably write more about this RTW business. I just get so sick of it, sometimes I can't even think straight.


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Au fait 16 months ago from North Texas

I can't believe anyone voted for this jerk after what he did, and I surprised he won the recall. Now he's running for president and one of the favored ones.

Texas is a right to work state, and one of the things that means is that employers have all the advantages, employees have none. Employers can fire you for any reason or no reason and they don't even have to tell you why. There's no way to be sure they aren't firing people for illegal reasons (race, sex, religion, etc.) since they don't have to divulge there reason if they don't want to.

With the Unions out of the way it will be a race among employers to see who can pay the least, and what will non-union employees do about it? They'll work for the peanut (not plural) offered, or they won't work. Employers no longer have to compete with union companies for the best employees. They will all pay a peanut a day hence forth unless they decide to pay less. All the power is now in the hands of employers.


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Huntgoddess 16 months ago from Midwest U.S.A. Author

Yes, I am also afraid this might happen as you say.

It's kind of like a run backwards, into the 19th Century, in the time of Dickens.

Undoing all the progress of reformers, trade unionists and social workers of the Victorian era or the 19th century.

But, it isn't new. It has been going on for a very long time. If the One Big Union (the I.W.W.) would had survived, it would have been possible to shut down industry all over the world with the rallying cry, "An injury to one is an injury to all."

But, labor cannot cross any border.

Only capital can cross every border, on any level. Therefore, we have global capitalism, but never a global labor movement.

We need to get busy with our organizing, lobbying, demonstrating --- all the gifts that our Constitution has given us. The people united will never be divided.

Yes, I know about that "right to work" jazz. It's horrifying!

God bless, dear. Thanks for commenting. Keep in touch.

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