What a week it was. It is estimated 70,000 protestors on both sides of the budget repair bill gathered in Madison. Walker faces a $3.6 billion budget deficit. He proposed closing some of the gap with state union members kicking in 5.8% toward their pension and paying about 13 % for the cost of their healthcare premiums. If the governor is not successful he has suggested 6000 state workers could be come unemployed with a similar amount of workers at the local levels.
Many of the protestors against the bill were teachers from school districts around the state. No worries since doctors were on hand to write a get out of work pass for the asking. See the video posted on the Drudge Report (http://maciverinstitute.com/2011/02/fake-doctors-notes-being-handed by several excuse writers proudly proclaimed they were doctors and giving out sick notes without exams. Reports they were writing up the sickness as “stress”. Can anyone say air traffic controllers?
Obama lent his support to the union protests. Obama told a Milwaukee television station; “Any effort to make it harder for employees to engage in collective bargaining seems like more of an assault on unions. Walkers response was classic. He stated he was seeking to balance the budget in Wisconsin, something Obama has yet to do with his own budget.
Let’s not forget the tremendous union support that got Obama elected. One of the most frequent visitors to the White House early in Obama’s term was former SEIU head Andy Stern. Obama has been lock step with the unions. They have had the most waivers granted for Obama Care.
Center of the Union Universe
Wisconsin became a battleground as governors in New York and Ohio gear up to ask for similar concessions. Governor Mitch Daniels of Indiana is also proposing a bill to limit collective bargaining rights. Idaho and Tennessee are thinking about similar measures. Jesse Jackson took a break from extorting big corporations to address the crowd late this week.
AFL-CIO political director Karen Ackerman said “If you take on the middle class people and try to solve the budget crisis on their backs, there is a price to pay.” Funny those nationwide, state and local government unions have a 45 percent total compensation advantage over the private sector counterparts. Union workers from around the country backed by “Organizing for America” descended on Madison. This group is the political arm of the Democratic National Committee. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumika was in attendance and also spoke to protestors.
Cost to taxpayers
The teachers job action has cost the taxpayers of Wisconsin about $6 million dollars. The cost is for pay to teachers that have not been in the classroom. The job action costs about 900,000 a day. This is according to an estimate by the Maciver Institute