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The singing, the marching, the get out the vote is over for the time being. Even though Scott Walker survived the recall, 16 months of tireless activism has swung a 20-12 Republican Majority in the Wisconsin Senate to a 17-15 Democrat controlled buffer for the people of Wisconsin. 

In the wake of Wisconsin, the most troubling outcome for those who would stand up for the working men and women of this nation was a small, but not insignificant number; thirty-six. Thirty-Six percent of Union households voted for Scott Walker. Thirty Six percent of your fellow brothers and sisters voted to allow Scott Walker to further attempt to destroy their Unions.

For some reason, unbeknownst to me 36% of those we work with every day, 36% of those who man picket lines with us, 36% we advocate for tirelessly decided that our families did not matter. In an action more thunderous than any black legged scab of old, they decided to stab you in the back. 

The part that hits me the hardest is this 36% of us will be the first on the shop floor who ask their stewards for help next time they need a grievance, these 36% will wonder where their benefits went, why their wages are going down and why times are getting harder for their families. And the other 64% of us will still tow the line, we will still fight for the 36% of us who spit in our face. 

I understand the Conservative ideal on labor, however, I will never understand the Conservative Union man/woman who exploits their brothers and sister even worse than those we all stand up too. This 36% of us is worse than anything Jack London could have imagined in his epic prose on the Scab. When Jack London stated 
"A scab is a traitor to his God, his country, his family and his class." he never envisioned these few who have us fight for what they need, then need to fight us to prevent us all from having it. 

The middle class wasn't a reward given to those who just showed up for work, it was an ideal that our great grandparents and before fought and died for. The 36% of those who sided against their own families not only dishonored themselves they have brought shame to those who have come before us. 

To those Mother Jones rallied, Joe Hill was framed for, that perished in the triangle fire, that were trapped in the mine because Blakenship and Massey Coal pursed profit over safety. 36% of us have betrayed you.

Unfortunately for the labor movement, the tea party and the Republican party they anchor isn't our biggest enemy. Our biggest threat is our fellow worker who has decided that all the work we do for each other is good, but they could care less.

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Originally posted to Rich Bergen on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM PDT.

Also republished by Badger State Progressive, ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Progressive Hippie, and German American Friendship Group.

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  •  Tip Jar (17+ / 0-)

    I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

    by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 04:56:10 PM PDT

  •  Gotta Factor In the % of RW Religious and (2+ / 0-)
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    G2geek, phonegery

    Fox watchers and talk radio listeners. That's before getting into the divide the right fanned between government and private sector labor.

    I appreciate the disappointment. Does anybody know the typical union party breakdown in elections across the country?

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:01:14 PM PDT

    •  the hard right = about 25% of the electorate. (1+ / 0-)
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      So if that number is equally distributed across the economic spectrum, the way to spot a class traitor is that they're probably a hard rightie on cultural issues.  Marriage, abortion, and contraception are probably viable litmus test issues.

      That leaves another approx. 11%.  They're a puzzle.  What are they going for, and how do we spot them?

      "Minus two votes for the Democrat" equals "plus one vote for the Republican." Arithmetic doesn't care about your feelings.

      by G2geek on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 07:46:38 PM PDT

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      •  I think less a "class traitor" (1+ / 0-)
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        than someone who's too far removed from the struggle for what they have; someone who's been mislead by people exploiting their fears; the ones "doomed to repeat" history

        when I see a republican on tv, I always think of Monty Python: "Shut your festering gob you tit! Your type makes me puke!"

        by bunsk on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 10:29:29 AM PDT

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  •  Couple of things (3+ / 0-)
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    1st..sorry to pick but 100-36 = 6 :)

    Now onto the real meat of the diary

    The part that hits me the hardest is this 36% of us will be the first on the shop floor who ask their stewards for help next time they need a grievance, these 36% will wonder where their benefits went, why their wages are going down and why times are getting harder for their families. And the other 74% of us will still tow the line, we will still fight for the 36% of us who spit in our face.
    Those 36% are the ones that make unions look bad by doing the least amount possible, filing a grievence, then getting to keep there job while making the hard-working union people look like the SLOB 36%! (In case people don't know slob was an acronym for Slow Lazy Obese Bum )

    One drawback of a closed union shop is that people who HATE unions actually join them.  They would rather undermine it rather than work for its common good.

    I don't know the answers, but thought this would be relevant to your discussion

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:04:04 PM PDT

  •  ProgressMoShuffle - why did half the Wisconsin (0+ / 0-)

    members of AFSCME stop paying dues?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:09:00 PM PDT

    •  That's the point of what they tried to pass in (3+ / 0-)
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      PA also...the paycheck protection act...by not automatically deducting dues....prevents the Union from being able to afford to represent workers...why pay dues when the state forces you to get the same benefits, and not contribute.

      I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

      by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:23:32 PM PDT

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  •  36% of union households not union members (3+ / 0-)
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    That being said, anybody who has union health benefits should have them taken away if they voted for that ahole.

    Where are all the jobs, Boehner?

    by Dirtandiron on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:30:39 PM PDT

  •  Reagan was able to crush... (9+ / 0-)

    the Air Traffic Controllers (PATCO) union because the AFL-CIO and Teamsters did not honor their picket line.  They could have shut down the country if they joined the walkout.  They were cuddling up to Repubs in the 70's.  Fatal mistake.

    The last sound on earth will be the squawk of an optimist.

    by CT yanqui on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 05:49:59 PM PDT

  •  Welcome to reality! (1+ / 0-)
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    Political professional have known for years that unions do not, and cannot, provide the voting muscle to be decisive in most elections. Now you are clued in to a fact that many have known for years.

    Its' also a fact is that union members are like everybody else: They make their voting decisions based on their own personal criteria -- and do not take kindly to instruction from their parents, their boss, their union, or anybody else.

    Here is another unpleasant truth for you: A significant number of union members have no interest in their union at all. They are union members only because it is a requirement of the job. Given a free choice, they would keep the job and shitcan the union.

    •  And then they are the first to come running to (4+ / 0-)
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      the shop steward wanting her help.

      Trust me, this former shop steward knows it only too well.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:12:53 PM PDT

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      •  Quite right! (8+ / 0-)

        I had the depressing experience at work some 20 years ago of trying to convince a new employee at the company to join the union. She would not. She said she hated unions (learned later that her mother was a union member!).

        So I failed in my mission to sign her up. But to add insult to injury, she went to the union for help when the company tried to deny her maternity leave when she adopted a baby. Not only did she ask the union for help, but threatened to sue the union unless it went to bat for her.

        She got the help she needed -- and still refused to join the union.

        Go figure.

      •  This current one ridicules them, but then (1+ / 0-)
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        Is forced to help them even though they kill themselves and me.

        I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

        by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:23:05 PM PDT

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    •  I know...but they'd rather keep the benefits and (0+ / 0-)

      Hate the Union :)

      I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

      by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:16:58 PM PDT

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      •  I just find it shameful...everything they have (1+ / 0-)
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        They owe to those who fought for it, and they are giving it away for nothing.

        I have been thinking that I would make a proposition to my Republican friends... that if they will stop telling lies about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. (Adlai Stevenson)

        by ProgressMoShuffle on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:21:04 PM PDT

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  •  'Union Households' a fiction... (2+ / 0-)
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    Here is another hard truth.

    The 'Union Household' is a fiction invented by clever union staffers trying to inflate the importance of the union vote.

    My wife has never asked me who my union is supporting in any  election (fortunately she usually chooses wisely). She makes her choices based on issues like war & peace and economic justice. She does't care much about candidates' positions on labor policy issues and certainly isn't influence by a union endorsement.

    I also have a 19-year-old son who informs that he has no intention of voting in 2012 presidential election. He thinks Romney sucks and that Obama sucks, and that the outcome of the election doesn't really mean very much.

    That's a "union household" for you.

  •  Also factor in the percentage that didn't think (1+ / 0-)
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    that a recall was warranted and only believe it is if the incumbent commits gross misconduct.  

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 06:50:24 PM PDT

  •  Disagree. (1+ / 0-)
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    I think the exit polls made it clear that a majority of WI voters believe in recall only on grounds of criminal malfeasance.  And yes, you may feel like Walker has crossed that line, but the DOJ hasn't said so...  yet.

    In other words, a vote against the recall was not necessarily a vote for Walker.  A whole lot were simply votes against the recall.

    I would bet many, perhaps most of those 36% were loyal members who simply felt a recall election was the wrong way to go.  They might well vote blue in the next general election.

  •  Re: 36% of union voters going for Walker. (1+ / 0-)
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    I don't think they did, anymore than I think voters who broke for Obama by 12% broke for Walker by 7%.  Or that exit polling consistently showing a tie election all day until polls closed missed a 7% lead in only one of the races being voted on.  If this election had occurred in Nigeria, or Bangladesh, or some People's Republic of Shitbrickistan, the result would have been laughed out of the room among Western audiences.  Their secret weapon is that they can pull things like this and we'll do nothing - we won't even demand a closer look.

    If the other side is willing, bipartisanship. If not, oncology.

    by Troubadour on Fri Jun 08, 2012 at 08:27:33 PM PDT

    •  It would have required a very vast conspiracy (0+ / 0-)

      including many people who would not want Walker reelected, namely Democratic county clerks. If the county map had looked different, I'd be more receptive to that, but a 7% shift due to election fraud is an extraordinary claim, and I do not see extraordinary evidence.

      Male, 21, -4.75/-6.92, born and raised TN-05, now WI-02, remorseless supporter of Walker's recall. Pocan for Congress and Baldwin for Senate!

      by fearlessfred14 on Sat Jun 09, 2012 at 03:02:14 PM PDT

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