Protests Against Wisconsin's Governor- Will They Spread To Other States?

02/18/11 Robert Lorei
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Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year are

beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in a large reduction in power for public employee unions.

But massive protests and legislative boycotts in Wisconsin this week have shown that the Republican efforts can be fraught with risk and unpredictable turns.

Wisconsin's governor is going for major change - an end to collective bargaining for public employees, plus additional costs to their pension and health care benefits. A proposal to end collective bargaining rights is being pursued in Ohio. And Republicans in Tennessee and Indiana are targeting bargaining by teachers' unions.

Union budget numbers show they're preparing to spend at least $30 million to fight anti-union legislation in dozens of states.

Our guest today is MATTHEW ROTHSCHILD who joins us now to talk about the protests in Madison. He's the editor of The Progressive magazine, based in Madison, Wisconsin.

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Suck it up... everyone else has.

I liked the way Ronaldus Maximus handled the Air Traffic Controllers strike…

Why you don't need it anymore.

Being a dutiful shill for the left you trot out another "progressive" mouthpiece for the left. He makes inaccurate statements and even false statements while you are unable to refute them or choose not to. You do it as well, with the statement the Governor is " Trying to wipe out public sector unions" and " Do away with collective bargaining for public employees" . Let's explore PolitiFact to ascertain the accuracy of the contents of this program ………… http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/17/afl-cio/wisconsin-afl-cio-says-gov-scott-walkers-budget-re/ ……………………………………………………… "There is no budget crisis - It's a facade a charade" with references to a surplus much like Rachel Maddow did…. http://www.politifact.com/wisconsin/statements/2011/feb/18/rachel-maddow/rachel-maddow-says-wisconsin-track-have-budget-sur/ ……………….……… On the exhilarating protesters being a beautiful thing to see ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Y590SXewBE complete with many comparisons to Hitler and the Governor in the crosshairs ……………………………………… On teacher salaries and the effect of the proposal (cry me a river) ... http://dailycaller.com/2011/02/21/wisconsins-teachers-make-a-little-more-money-than-theyre-letting-on/ …… http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2011/feb/21/george-will/george-will-says-wisconsin-governors-benefits-prop/ ……………………… It's very unlikely any of this would ever be reported on this station. What makes the content of your program worthy of public money from "The Man" ?

Kids outta school… forced vacation for me!!!

I’m confused… with all of those teachers protesting (on strike)… who’s teaching the kids??? Are the schools open??? If not… who’s at home with the kids??? Is Mom or Dad being forced to take time off from work??? If the schools are open and the kids are being taught by substitutes… maybe they don’t really need those teachers on stri… I mean… those who are protesting.