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  •  Wisconsin is ‘ground zero’ (9+ / 0-)

    Wisconsin is ‘ground zero’ for battle over unions
    by Dennis Cauchon on Feb. 17, 2011, under USA Today News

    Wisconsin’s effort to cut public workers’ benefits and bargaining rights has quickly turned into a high-stakes national issue involving President Obama, congressional Republicans and other states.

    Wisconsin is the first in a long line of states under Republican control that will consider requiring government workers to pay more for pensions and health care while limiting the power of employee unions to negotiate contracts and work rules.

    Ohio is next, likely to vote within weeks on an equally dramatic limit on public employee rights. Arizona, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New Mexico are among the two dozen other states considering narrower but substantial changes in how government treats its workforce.

    This has nothing to do with effective government,” says Joe Rugola, head of Ohio’s Association of Public School Employees. “It has everything to do with depriving working families of a voice.”

    I dream of things that never were  -- and ask WHY NOT?
    -- Robert F. Kennedy

    by jamess on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 07:53:15 PM PST

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    •  The Republican governors (4+ / 0-)
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      Cedwyn, Predictor, jamess, kat68

      are just following the Bushco model, adapted to the state level.  His policies have taken us half way there and now they are rallying their own corporatist/fundamentalist bloodsuckers.  Wisconsin, as a purple state, is an especially important test case.

      Humankind cannot stand too much reality. T.S. Eliot

      by blueoasis on Thu Feb 17, 2011 at 08:11:37 PM PST

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