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  •  They are also spitting in the face of thier union (20+ / 0-)

    brothers and sisters in the other police / public safety/ firefighter unions in addition to all other public and private unions.  After reading the ruling on the recent court decision from Friday on the Union busting bill this really comes as no surprise.  It is what I was talking about on Friday with the OLB when I mentioned how reading that made my stomach turn when I read how the Milwaukee cops and FFs were mentioned so frequently as benefiting from the endorsement they gave him in 2010.  

    I really think that this is an extension of that - they are sure in their "immunity" from his wrath as long as they suck up to him.  Who knows what he threatened them with if they turn on him (not to excuse their behavior). I hope they are censored by the other unions - especially the public safety unions.

    •  They're basically heavily Republican (18+ / 0-)

      local unions who always get treated with kid gloves by whatever Mayor is in office.  They act like prima donnas, too and aren't well liked by the rest of the unions.

      If budget austerity continues and they start seeing peelbacks coming their way, they may start seeing unions as supporters of workers rather than "professional associations".  

      There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

      by Puddytat on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 02:12:37 PM PDT

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      •  Puddy, I remember that Walker had something (6+ / 0-)

        in the budget repair bill for these guys specifically. They didn't have to follow the Milwaukee county residency requirement anymore. Did that pass? I can't remember, but if it did, I would guess that is what this is about, in part.

        PS You are doing a great job explaining local political issues and all the ins and outs of all the different unions to a national audience here. Good job!

        •  What Walker did was exempt (6+ / 0-)

          them from the union stripping he did to other public employees.  Residency requirements are a local issue and weren't addressed in the state legislation.

          There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

          by Puddytat on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 04:48:36 PM PDT

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          •  Originally he had residency requirements being (3+ / 0-)
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            abolished for these unions in the Budget Repair Bill, I am sure of it because it struck me as so odd. Down below, st.croixcheesehead says that that didn't pass because Grothman didn't vote for it. LOL  Another bizarro Wisconsin situation.

            •  grothman (4+ / 0-)
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              is like a broken clock- right twice per day. He is so anti union that he even opposed something the 2 GOP racist right wing unions demanded. He has principles- mostly bad , but still principles. As for the Milwaukee Police Association, it is hard core GOP. Its recent past President Brad Debraska is a big buddy of Tommy Thompson. Debraska's now in prison for lying in a pension court case. Thompson isn't likely to include Debraska on his Senate campaign lit.The MPA has been a creepy right wing organization for decades.

              Cities are good for the environment

              by citydem on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 08:31:47 PM PDT

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          •  Seems to me someone on this site was saying (2+ / 0-)
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            that Walker exempted them from the union stripping because he wanted to be able use them as his own private protective force if things got to that point.
            In effect, like mercenaries I suppose. Puddy, what do you recall?

            •  I was widely believed (2+ / 0-)
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              that he "rewarded" the unions that endorsed him in 2010 by exempting them from the stripping he did to everyone else.  He tried to sell it as a "public safety" issue, but he didn't include everyone in public safety (prison guards, for example) in his exemption.

              It was payback for endorsements and perhaps seeking their support in his union stripping of other public employees.  

              Walker couldn't use a lot of them as mercenaries.  The Madison police didn't serve his interests (he was really pissed when the Chief of Police issued public statements of appreciation for the peacefulness of the protests) so when he closed the State Capitol to the public he imported police officers from Republican areas to beef up the Capitol police force (which is why they were so violent with the protestors).  You must remember how they attacked the state assembly rep who was trying to get to his office (the video was diaried here).

              There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

              by Puddytat on Tue Apr 03, 2012 at 10:03:01 AM PDT

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              •  That clarifies things a lot! (0+ / 0-)

                I do indeed recall the outside police attacks and now have a much clearer picture of why that was set up by Walker.

                Thanks for your evenhanded accuracy and perspective.

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