Minnesota Republicans want to be like Wisconsin

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Is it time to protest in St. Paul?
​After introducing a bevy of union-busting bills, Minnesota Republicans are sure starting to look like their Tea Party-ing Wisconsin counterparts.

One measure, authored by Waseca Sen. Mike Parry, calls for the state--as well as local county governments and school districts--to cut pension contributions by 3 percent. Another, by Eden Prairie's David Hann, would strip teachers of their collective bargaining rights.

Madison redux, anyone?

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Sen. David Hann wants to bust teachers' unions
​Hann's bills on education would hand power to school administrators; among other things, Hann wants to limit union negotiating to the summer, and enable school boards to make unilateral contract decisions--effectively stripping teacher's unions of their bargaining power. He also wants to make it illegal for teachers to strike.

Another Hann bill would end the practice of automatic union dues
payments for teachers, and allow non-union teacher contracts, according to this MPR report.
 
None of those things are good for teachers' rights.

But some of the changes--allowing non-union contracts, for instance--are exactly the kinds of moves that reformers like Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of public schools in Washington, D.C., say are necessary to improve our failing public schools. In a recent Newsweek piece, Rhee explains why she's a teacher union-buster: She ties the tactic to improving public schools.

But let's not forget what this effort is really about: here in Minnesota, just like in Wisconsin, Republicans see public employee unions as a threat at the ballot box. And now that they've got the power, they're trying to kill them off. Just as in Wisconsin, Minnesota's unions are among the most powerful backers of Democratic candidates. Without them, it would be harder for Barack Obama to win again in 2012.

"Collective bargaining is the extension of democracy in the workplace," says Eliot Seide, executive director of AFSCME Council 5. "It's free trade unions that have created a middle class and are fundamental to having a democracy in our country, and in any nation."

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Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

HA HA HA HA HAFrom 4-27-11Democrats lead charge to strip bargaining rights (MA) House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal employees of most of their rights to bargain over health care, saying the change would save millions of dollars for financially strapped cities and towns.

The 111-to-42 vote followed tougher measures to broadly eliminate collective bargaining rights for public employees in Ohio, Wisconsin, and other states. But unlike those efforts, the push in Massachusetts was led by Democrats who have traditionally stood with labor to oppose any reduction in workers’ rights.

Unions fought hard to stop the bill, launching a radio ad that assailed the plan and warning legislators that if they voted for the measure, they could lose their union backing in the next election. After the vote, labor leaders accused House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and other Democrats of turning their backs on public employees.

“It’s pretty stunning,’’ said Robert J. Haynes, president of the Massachusetts AFL-CIO. “These are the same Democrats that all these labor unions elected. The same Democrats who we contributed to in their campaigns. The same Democrats who tell us over and over again that they’re with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . It’s a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.’’

Again HA HA HAI guess MA Democrats are now "EVIL"

John
John

All of these bills are DOA. We have Governor Dayton, thankfully, instead of Scott Walker.

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