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Friday, February 25, 2011

I cannot seem to drive this point home enough - I still hear these neo-cons on the radio either directly implying or actually claiming that this is all about teachers whining that they have to pay for some of their health care & retirement - and the uninformed and unthinking masses are buying this lie hook, line, and sinker!

As Wis. impasse continues, schools eye layoffs

By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press Patrick Condon, Associated Press
.MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin school districts are warning teachers that their contracts might not be renewed as Gov. Scott Walker's plan to cut nearly all public employees' collective bargaining rights remains in limbo.

The proposal took a concrete step forward Friday when Republicans in the state Assembly abruptly approved the bill and sent it to the Senate after three straight days of debate and amid confusion among Democrats. But with all 14 Democratic state senators still out of state, another stalemate awaits the measure that Walker insists will help solve budget deficits and avoid mass layoffs.

The legislative gridlock prompted the Wisconsin Association of Schools Boards to warn districts that they have until Monday to warn teachers of possible nonrenewal of contracts. That's because if Walker's bill becomes law, it would void current teacher collective bargaining agreements that lay out protocol and deadlines for conducting layoffs.

New London district administrator Bill Fitzpatrick said he had been authorized by his school board to issue nonrenewal notices to all 180 district teachers, but was negotiating a deadline extension with local teachers union officials to avoid sending the notices en masse.

"It's like going to the doctor and being told you might have some kind of disease but that's the only thing they can tell you," Fitzpatrick said Friday. "This fear of the unknown, of not knowing the future of your livelihood - that's what the people in this building are worried about right now."

Despite the uncertainty created by the absence of the Senate Democrats, who fled more than a week ago to block a vote on Walker's bill, Marshfield kindergarten teacher Jane Cooper said she blames Republicans.

"They are trying to bust our union," Cooper said. "That is huge."

The flashpoint in Walker's proposal is language that would require public workers to contribute more to their pensions and health insurance and strip them of their right to collectively bargain benefits and work conditions.

It contains a number of provisions he says are designed to fill the state's $137 million deficit and lay the groundwork for fixing a projected $3.6 billion shortfall in the upcoming 2011-13 budget.

Democrats and unions see the measure as an attack on workers' rights and an attempt to cripple union support for Democrats. Union leaders say they would make pension and health care concessions if they can keep their bargaining rights, but Walker has refused to compromise...

I cannot stress enough that this is about far more than just teachers, this will effect every single worker in the State of Wisconsin.  First the public sector union employees, then the private sector unions employees, and then virtually every single working man and woman in the State will suffer! 

This is a direct attack on the middle class of America - this is not about just public sector workers or unions and the sooner the American people realize this the better.

This needs to be stopped or we will one day all be sorry that we let this happen!

What is it going to take to motivate the American people to unite and do something? 

We sat in front of the idiot box and did nothing as the State of Florida starved Terry Schiavo to death, we sit back while millions of babies are murdered, we sit by while criminal bankers and wall street brokers were bailed out with our money, we sit and do nothing when our politicians are more worried about pleasing Israel than US citizens, we sit back while illegal aliens flood our nation, we sit back and let TSA agents molest our sons and daughters and wives and husbands so we can have the privilege to travel...

How much will we take before we unite and do something to stop all of this evil! 

We need to get on our knees and pray for this nation and for God to forgive us each personally for sitting back and allowing this evil to continue!

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