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Old February 21st, 2011, 12:00 AM   #1
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Steve Inskeep talks to Wisconsin state senator Scott Fitzgerald about the crisis with state employees there. Sunday was the sixth day of massive protests in Wisconsin, where Governor Scott Walker aims to balance the state budget by cutting public worker benefits and repealing almost all union bargaining rights. Fitzgerald is waiting for his Democratic counterparts to return to the Capitol to resume their work.

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Old February 21st, 2011, 05:48 AM   #2
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Over the weekend, the unions agreed to many concessions that are very real and really try to meet the governeor and the repubs more than halfway, and the governor has showed his hand. And that is that it is an ideological battle, not a fiscal one and all he wants to do really is bust the unions. And the real reason behind that, again, is to do away with a powerful support group for democrats. Typical.
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Right, it's important to keep the right to bargain because that's what make's the union. Unions are big founders of the democratic party and it just makes sense for the republican to try their hardest to get rid of what's left of our already small union percent. We truly need a FDR.
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FDR wasn't big on public unions.

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Originally Posted by mikelew007 View Post
FDR wasn't big on public unions.


Right Mike, about 35% of the nation's workforce eventually unionizing doing the 1950s were laid by FDR due to him pushing and passing the Fair Labor Standard Act (or Wagner Act) in 1935. But only for the private sector. FDR believed that public workers may demand fair treatment. But, he wrote, "I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place" in the public sector. "A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government." Most democrats thought the same at the time. Things began to change in 1959, Wisconsin's then Governor Gaylord Nelson signed collective bargaining into law for state workers. Other states followed, and gradually, municipal workers and teachers were unionized, too.

My point is if FDR was in Office to today there's no doubt that we would still have a very high unionization rate of 35% or more, which is better. FDR would be sicken by what this country has turned into, not only our low unionization rates but also trade, taxes, healthcare, and the republican repeated push to destroy social security. Obama an't no FDR I just wish Obama look up to him more than Lincoln. Public unions are the major organized labor force in this country and going after them is an attempt to destroy an force that funds democrats and that's all nothing more nothing less.
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