Showing solidarity in opposition of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) Budget Repair Bill, which would effectively eliminate collective bargaining for public employees, citizens have continued to flood Wisconsin’s state Capitol today. The Senate was expected to pass Walker’s proposal yesterday, but to support the workers, the Democratic members of the Senate left the state, leaving the Republicans unable to achieve a quorum for the vote
This morning, in apparent opposition of the protests, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said that the unions “free-ride” and are “greedy“:
SCARBOROUGH: Are you kidding me? They are shutting down the state. You see these young students, mike, instead of trying to end a war, they are trying to make sure state employees don’t have to pay off 3 percent of their salary to our — or 4 percent of their salary for health care benefits. They are trying to make sure that these people do not have to pay what every other American who works outside of government has to pay. Are you serious?
You’re going to shut down schools because you have a union that is so greedy that they want their people to be held to different standard than working class americans who sometimes pay 15 percent of their salaries to benefits? [...] hey, we are not going to let you get a free ride on benefits.
- Wisconsin standoff: Gov. Scott Walker faces a bunch of Democratic senators who refuse to show up for a vote. (slate.com)
- Wisconsin: Collective Bargaining Issue or Attempt to Destroy Unions’ Remaining Clout? (themoderatevoice.com)
- Unions = Jobs (ynative77.wordpress.com)
- Egypt in Wisconsin (geneveith.com)
- Wisconsin Democrats Stage Walkout to Deny Union-Busters a Quorum (littlegreenfootballs.com)
- Wisconsin Democratic Senators Walk Out, Denying GOP a Budget Quorum (slog.thestranger.com)