As the Wisconsin Legislature reconvened this morning, a key federation of nearly 100 labor unions in the state is calling for a general strike for about 45,000 people if Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill is signed into law.(from biztimes.com)
The South Central Federation of Labor is calling for a general strike if the bill becomes law, according to a report by The Cap Times in Madison.
The SCFL represents workers in 97 unions in Dane, Sauk, Columbia, Jefferson and Iowa Counties.
The SCFL website calls for rallies at the Capitol at noon and 5 p.m. today, and for rallies to continue through the week outside and a "constant vigil" inside the Capitol.
Sources told BizTimes that other labor unions that would be affected by Walker’s bill also are pondering going out on strike if the proposal is approved.
Republicans in the state Assembly are introducing Walker’s bill today. Assembly Democrats are expected to introduce several amendments in an attempt to change the bill or at least delay its passage.
The state Senate also reconvened, but Republicans cannot achieve a quorum because the 14 Democrats in the Senate fled the state. Still, the GOP Senators plan to vote on non-fiscal items, such as a voter ID bill.
14 Wisconsin state senators -- all Democrats -- fled the state last week to avoid a tough vote to stand up for Wisconsin's children. Instead of facing the powerful teacher's union, which has poured millions of dollars into their campaign pockets, they left the state.Image:
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State senators who miss two or more session days will no longer get paid through direct deposit. They'll have to pick up their checks in person on the Senate floor during a session.(from wnct.com)
The new rule is aimed at forcing the return of 14 Senate Democrats who have been hiding in Illinois since Thursday. They fled the state to stall a vote on an labor law modernization bill, and have threatened to stay away until Republican Gov. Scott Walker agrees to keep the outdated statutes in place.
Tuesday's vote was along party lines. The three Republicans on the Committee on Senate Organization voted for it and the two Democrats opposed it.
The measure applies to paychecks, per diem checks, and any expense reimbursements. The absent senators will have to collect their checks from the Senate majority leader.
(crossposted from moonbattery.com)
The primary goal of oligarchical collectivists (aka Obamunists) is to transform America into a two class system: an elitist cadre that runs the government and the impoverished proles who depend on it for existence. To accomplish this fundamental transformation, Comrade Obama must destroy the middle class, which constitutes the primary bulwark against totalitarianism. He's doing an excellent job. CA Political News lists 18 sobering indications that the middle class is not participating in the supposed economic recovery, but has been forced into a tailspin toward oblivion:#1 According to Gallup, the U.S. unemployment rate is currently 10.3 percent. When you add in part-time American workers that want full-time employment, that number rises to 20.2 percent.#2 According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of job openings in the United States declined for a second straight month during December.#3 There are currently more than 4 million Americans that have been unemployed for more than a year.#4 The number of Americans that have become so discouraged that they have given up searching for work completely now stands at an all-time high.#5 Gasoline prices in the United States recently hit a 28-month high.#6 During the 4th quarter of 2010, 4.63 percent of all U.S. home loans were in foreclosure. That matched the all-time high, and it was up significantly from 4.39 percent in the 3rd quarter.#7 It is estimated that there are about 5 million homeowners in the United States that are at least two months behind on their mortgages, and it is being projected that over a million American families will be booted out of their homes this year alone.#8 Almost 14 percent of all credit card accounts in the United States are currently 90 days or more delinquent.#9 The average credit card rate in the United States had increased to a whopping 13.44 percent at the end of 2010.#10 Americans now owe more than $890 billion on student loans, which is even more than they owe on credit cards.#11 Average household debt in the United States has now reached a level of 136% of average household income. In China, average household debt is only 17% of average household income.#12 U.S. life expectancy at birth is now three years less than Canada and four years less than Japan.#13 New home sales in the state of California were at the lowest level ever recorded in the month of January.#14 43 percent of all mortgages in south Florida are currently underwater.#15 Prior to the most recent economic downturn, there were usually somewhere around four to five million job openings in America. Today there are about 3 million.#16 When you adjust wages for inflation, middle class workers in the United States make less money today than they did back in 1971.#17 One out of every seven Americans is now on food stamps.#18 One out of every six elderly Americans now lives below the federal poverty line.
Progressivism is an alliance of the welfare class and limousine liberals against everyone in between. The government isn't crushing the life out of the economy with its own monstrous obesity by accident; as Obama's obscene "stimulus" spending makes obvious, it's by design — and it's working.
Benito Mussolini forms the Fascist Party in Italy (1919)
The Symbionese Liberation Army demands $4 million more to release kidnap victim Patty Hearst (1974)
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini states that Iran's parliament will decide the fate of the American embassy hostages (1980)
b: W.E.B. DuBois (1868); d: Horst Wessel (1930), José Napoleón Duarte (1990)
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