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Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions
New York Times, by Steven Greenhouse

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Posted By:Pluperfect, 2/23/2014 4:21:20 AM

Three years ago, a labor leader named Marty Beil was one of the loudest opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s “budget repair bill,” a proposal that brought tens of thousands of protesters out to the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison in frigid February weather. A gruff-voiced grizzly of a man, Mr. Beil warned that the bill was rigged with booby traps that would cripple the state’s public-sector unions. He gets no satisfaction from being right. Since the law was passed, membership in his union, which represents state employees, has fallen 60 percent; its annual budget has plunged to $2 million from $6

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: jeffkinnh, 2/23/2014 4:48:38 AM     (No. 9742974)

A boo hoo piece for unions. They were greedy, inflexible, nasty, and they got beaten.

They are now caught in the backlash against all the goodies they had accumulated. Really, it´s a tragedy that they have to contribute SIX percent to their retirement and TWELVE percent of their health care costs? Their wages got frozen because they were being paid more than the states could afford. The union members thought the gravy train would go on forever and facing reality and reasonable restrictions on what their labor is really worth and what states can afford is a shock to them.

I´m sure morale is low. They were large and in charge and now they have little power.

I´m also sure there may be some over compensation by the state in trying to get things back in balance.

But in the end, public sector unions are a bad idea and the less of them the better off the country will be.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/23/2014 4:51:02 AM     (No. 9742975)

Pretty funny how all these government union people decided they´d rather have their dues money than union bosses.

Walker´s my fav choice for 2016.H´e a clear headed conservative who can deliver the message.He´d get rid of the old white guy image the GOP has.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Trigger2, 2/23/2014 5:05:36 AM     (No. 9742979)

What ticks Mr. Beil off is that he longer has access to his million dollar salary and benefits which union dues provided him and workers got an immediate pay raise by not paying dues. Boo hoo.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: mws50, 2/23/2014 5:47:19 AM     (No. 9742999)

We need to implement Governor Walker´s plan across the USA. The democrats would become apoplectic as they watch all their Union funds disappear, but so what...

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Reply 5 - Posted by: gasmeterguy, 2/23/2014 5:59:29 AM     (No. 9743001)

All that unions once stood for have been coded into law; working hours, minimum wage, overtime, safety,and so on. There original purpose no longer exists. So why are they still around?

Unions, in order to survive, must now turn their attention to productivity. They should be taking steps to ensure the company which employs them continues to stay competitive.

But the mindset of the union bosses prevents any new direction. Union bosses today only want their high salaries and perks to increase at the expense of everyone else, even their own members.




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Reply 6 - Posted by: DaddyO, 2/23/2014 6:19:55 AM     (No. 9743007)

NY Times shafts it´s own union membership..

2009: "The New York Times is asking all employees to take a 5% pay cut"
2012: "New York Times Labor Dispute On Threshold Of Crisis"
2012: "400 NY Times Union Workers Walk Off The Job"

So go on, tell us about how bad Scott Walker is, Steven.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Keekng, 2/23/2014 6:47:45 AM     (No. 9743019)

Oh yes, we must feel so sorry for the poor little unions whose income has dropped by $4 Million. Guess that means $4 Million more in the workers pockets!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: WhamDBambam, 2/23/2014 7:00:11 AM     (No. 9743031)

"A gruff-voiced grizzly of a man"

In other words, a typical union thug.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: The Advocate, 2/23/2014 7:14:46 AM     (No. 9743044)

Time to ban ALL public sector unions,
Civil Service provides whatever legal protection they need.
Public unions like in the IRS and Post Office rip off the a Taxpayers and protect criminals like Lois Lerner,

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 2/23/2014 7:38:11 AM     (No. 9743073)

Thanks for the laugh of the day #8. These guys can go on sucking lemons forever as much as I care.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Ben Around, 2/23/2014 7:54:48 AM     (No. 9743086)

#8 Ever notice that these union bossed are all big, fat pigs like beil and trumka? That´s the result of living high.

Those poor union workers are too selfish to realize that in these times of barry´s recovering economy they are lucky to even have a job! So many have left the workforce it is actually lowering the unemployment rate while there is very little job growth.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: kar120c, 2/23/2014 8:15:42 AM     (No. 9743102)

Beyond the emotionalism that this story might create - panic on the side of the unions, celebration on the side of the taxpayers - there is an important discovery. If there is a way to reduce the power of the government, including the federal government, from encroaching on the lives of taxpayers, the actions in Wisconsin these past 4 years represent show two things: 1) It can be done, and 2) Wisconsin is the blueprint of how it can be done.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: cjohn2979, 2/23/2014 8:28:00 AM     (No. 9743115)

Take note southern auto workers. People flee these unions first chance they get.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Judith, 2/23/2014 8:29:38 AM     (No. 9743116)

A few weeks ago, here in MA, I heard our financial genius on talk show, start attacking the Governor of Wisconsin. This bozo frequently goes off topics to further the dem party´s agenda. In this rant, he claims that instead of correcting the course of debt that the state had incurred, he had dumped everything on the federal government.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Submariner, 2/23/2014 10:03:06 AM     (No. 9743210)

The article was pretty evenhanded at first, to my pleasant surprise, then descended into a "boo hoo" piece as #1 accurately stated. I had high hopes that journalism would prevail through to the finish. Alas...

Nonetheless, the article is encouraging. Unions cannot intimidate, extort or otherwise coerce money from taxpayers. Scott Walker is principled, in the tradition of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mickturn, 2/23/2014 10:20:48 AM     (No. 9743230)

Not a prediction but a welcome outcome.

Who do the Unions think they are? Gods?

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Reply 17 - Posted by: 49 Ford, 2/23/2014 10:53:11 AM     (No. 9743284)

Agree completely with poster #2´s assessment of Scott Walker. But he has got to win re-election this fall in order to be viable, and the leftist smear machine (along with the Washington Compost) has gone all in on him. Please folks, wherever you live, consider sending his campaign a contribution.


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Reply 18 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 2/23/2014 5:30:38 PM     (No. 9743602)

NYT (home of Pulitzer fraud, Walter Duranty) is shilling for the Unions again. The "tens of thousands" came from nearby Illinois, and farther away bussed in for the event to do their thuggery. It still didn´t work. Unions are dead, deal with it, leftist pigs.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: beamer, 2/24/2014 6:12:12 AM     (No. 9744000)

Hooray for Walker!

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