Right along side the right to keep and bear arms there should be a constitutionaly guaranteed right of workers to organize and collectively bargain.
All workers, whether privately or publicly employed, shall have the right to organize and collectively bargain with their employers for wages, benefits and working conditions.
Neither Congress nor any state may legislatively infringe upon this right. Nor may any Executive infringe this right by executive order.
Workers who chose not to join or financially contribute to an organized union in their workplace shall not receive any benefits of any contract negotiated thereby.
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My 94 year old mother in law, a life long Republican, who stated emphatically in 2008, "That BLACK MAN is not MY President!", voted a straight Democratic ticket yesterday. Obama. Baldwin. Pocan.
In June of 1992 my parents neighborhood was hit by a tornado. Their house was destroyed along with 50 to 60 others. As their lot was centrally located in the disaster area, the news trucks and relief organizations lined the street in front of what was left of their house. The Red Cross set up a snack truck on the street out front and the Salvation Army set up in the alley way behind us. They both stayed well after the newsies had moved on and provided free sandwiches and drinks to the clean up workers. The menus: RC: baloney sandwiches, coffeek and soft drinks. SA: Hot dogs, chips, candy, coffee and soft drinks. All free, of course.
Follow me below the fold for why I donate to the Salvation Army and not the Red Cross in times of disaster.
I just signed up to have my monthly Union Dues automatically deducted from my checking account.
I'm encouraging all my Brothers and Sisters in the AFT-Wisconsin and AFSCME-Wisconsin to do the same.
By loading up each page with adds that caused my browser to either take several minutes to load or else crash completely, you've finally forced me to subscribe!
After several years as a freeloader, I am now enjoying ad free Kossing. Thank you for setting me straight. I should have done this a long time ago.
I'm so mad I could just spit!
Follow me below the fold.
I am a public employee and a union member.
Each and every raise I've gotten over the past 10 years has been more than eaten up by the rise in my health insurance premiums. I'm taking home less money than I was 10 years ago.
Now my new republican governor and legislature are insisting that in my next(no raise) contract, I should pay more of my stagnant salary into the state pension fund.
Yeah so times are hard and the state has a deficit that it needs to work down, but being Republicans, of course, tax increases are off the table.
But what really has me worried is... (below the fold)
I realize that Kos has little control over what adds appear in the space he sells to Google Ads. And I know that the ads I see are determined by Google based on my location and browser history.
But I find it very disconcerting to open up my Daily Kos and see an add for one of the Repuiblican candidates for Wisconsin governor, Scott Walker.
It's been there all morining and I'm really tempted to just stay away from Kos until after the Wisconsin primary on Tuesday.
On the other hand, I wonder how Mr Walker would react knowing that some of his advertising dollars are ending up in Kos' pocket....
Republican candidate for Wisconsin Governor, Scott Walker wants to save the taxpayers money by permanently eliminating vacant state employee positions.
The Wisconsin AFT's response to his proposal, below the fold.
We elected him to lead the way on such things as Healthcare Reform. He had a plan that he campaiged on and we expected him to make it happen.
But he's not doing anything about it. He is failing to lead. Or rather, he's leading from behind.
Good Afternoon, Amalgamated Consolodated Crime Prevention and Fire Supression Services Incorporated. How may I direct your call?
My house is on fire! Send the Firemen!
Of course, Sir! May I have your ACCPFSSI policy number, please?
Your policy number, sir. You DO have a group emergency services coverage policy don't you?
Oh, yeah, I have it right here. A345-ZX34-22314.
Thank you sir just let me enter that in my computer to see what kind of coverage you have.
Sir? Can you tell me how the fire started?
Um, yeah. My son turned on the stove by accident and a pan of bacon grease left from breakfast started on fire.
Oh dear! I'm very sorry sir. But it seems your policy doesn't cover fires started by unsupervised minor children. We'll have to bill you for the full cost of the service. In advance. Do you have a credit card handy?
It's in the house. I'm standing out in my front yard on my cell phone.
Is there any way you could get in and retrieve it?
My. House. Is. On. Fire!
I'm very sorry to hear that, Sir. Do any of your neighbors have an extra long garden hose?