Arizona Dems Plan Rally in Support of Wisconsin Workers

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In case you hadn't heard, Madison, Wisconsin, looks more like Cairo, Egypt, these days, with thousands of people taking to the streets in protest of Governor Scott Walker's new budget and the effect it has on the bargaining rights of union workers, namely, the most coddled of all government employees: teachers -- and Arizona Democrats have no plans of sitting this fight out.

The Arizona Democratic Party is organizing a protest for tomorrow at the State Capitol in support of the Wisconsin workers and their disregard to basic math and fiscal responsibility. 

"It is important to show that we stand together in support of Wisconsin and Ohio public employees. We are joining in solidarity actions in every state in the United States," Roman Ulman, executive director of AFSCME Arizona People Conference, says in a statement.

Last week, 14 Wisconsin state senators got up and left the state in an effort to delay voting on the bill and protest Walker's plan. This morning, Walker called on the lawmakers to return to Madison to vote on the bill.

"They've got to come to Wisconsin, do the job that they were elected to do, do the job that they're paid to do," Walker said in an interview on ABC's Good Morning America this morning.

"If they want to do that, we will sit down and talk to them. But the bottom line is we can't negotiate over a budget because we are broke and we need the money."

Wisconsin is facing a $3.6 billion budget gap, which means sacrifices need to be made. Walker's budget plan takes away some of the power of labor unions to negotiate benefits and work conditions. It would also require workers to contribute more to their health care and pension benefits. Walker's plan also states that any wage increase for government employees above the consumer price index would have to be approved in a voter referendum.

Meanwhile, the average Wisconsin teacher salary for the 2009-2010 school year was $52,644 -- they only work nine months out of the year, and that doesn't include benefits.

In any event, Arizona Democrats want to help their friends in the Badger State by standing in front of the Capitol tomorrow. Should you be compelled to join them, the rally starts at noon.

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Jesse Buck Bannister
Jesse Buck Bannister

What a doucebag this author is... another good reason NOT TO LIVE IN PHOENIX.

botanybay
botanybay

It also has not been widely reported that while they want to strip-away most collective bargaining rights of state employees, the governor conveniently excepted Cops and Firefighters. Why? Because everyone loves their cops and firefighters. You can't win anything if you anger them.

Thankfully, a lot of cop and firefighter unions have shown visible support for the protesters! Yay!

botanybay
botanybay

James,

Were you also aware that the SAME BILL provides tax loopholes to corporations that were equal in dollar value to the concessions sought by the governor?

That's conveniently left-out.

Dick
Dick

why didnt james king do a story on the hells angels funeral on Saturday in phoenix? more proof that james is a hack.

Gbollinger88
Gbollinger88

This should be called mutterings from the right-wing fringe, not news.

John
John

What the hell - why don't they rally support for Arizona workers. Talk about a screw job- right to work state.

Jeff
Jeff

Yes, James, they only work nine months a year. Nine months of 10+ hour days, not to mention the countless weekend and other "off" hours spent grading and planning.

And anyone who thinks unions, which represent fewer than 10% of US workers, are the biggest problem facing our economy today obviously hasn't read a newspaper in years. Did unions play a shell game with billions of dollars in toxic mortgages? Did unions run to the Fed for billions more in bailouts when those mortgages defaulted?

Try reading up on what really happened to our economy over the past three years before regurgitating what Fox News tells you.

Teacher
Teacher

Besides extended hours and dire working conditions, teachers work 10, not 9 months, for the contract, and more often than not, continue working in a summer school to make ends meet.

botanybay
botanybay

Blaming unions is so 1999. And it was entirely relevant BACK in 1999.

Most of the worst offending unions of private corporations have already long-since brought those companies down. The UAW, the pilots unions, etc.

But this is a totally different animal. Teachers unions are by no means "shake-down" situations like we saw with the UAW and Teamsters.

These yahoos in Wisconsin are just riding the tea-party bandwagon of anti-union rhetoric to basically become robber-barrons.

Screw the union label
Screw the union label

Amen, James!

Unions are the biggest problem facing our economy today. They serve no purpose but to cut deals for their own members at the expense of everyone else - including the people they are supposed to serve (in this case, the students). Their idiotic protests this month at the expense of kids' educations simply proves that point.

Stand firm, Gov. Walker!

Dalelehrer
Dalelehrer

What is happening in Wisconsin is deplorable. Instead to looking at the top .5 of 1% of income earners, Governor Walker and like minded people are trying to pin middle class Americans against each other. Make no mistake, the inability to organize is a loss of freedom. I will be at the state Capital in AZ to support Wisconsin and all working Americans.Dale L

Walter Concrete
Walter Concrete

The destruction of the middle class continues. Unions work hand in hand with management in order to control the workers. They excell at distraction and selling you down the river. Unions have helped build up the middle class worker's salaries to a level that can never be maintained in a society that manufactures nothing. How long do you think this country can survive by moving the same money back and forth among service industries, stock brokers, insurance companies and banks? None of them produce anything. The answer is...this long. Now, the big lie will continue and soon you'll be stealing food from your neighbor and turning them in for something they never did to gain favor from those who'll promise you a cup of grain.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

http://host.madison.com/wsj/ne...

Mr. King. The above article was published yesterday. Did you just listen to Faux News and then type up your report about the reasons for the protests?

Please note that the public workers agreed to the wage concessions - they're just holding out for their long-fought for (with blood, sweat and tears) rights to collective bargaining. It's NOT ABOUT fiscal responsibility at this point - it's about union busting.

There are other reputable sources which also show that the Republicants CREATED the budget crisis by cutting taxes for the wealthiest Wisconsinites.

It's amazing what slackers New Times is hiring these days!

DO YOUR JOB AND RESEARCH THESE THINGS BEFORE SLANDERING GOOD PEOPLE!

Ohohmrbill
Ohohmrbill

The Sonoran Science Academy chain is in favor of busting up unions and are quite open to admit that they do want or need a Union in there schools. They are in favor of highering unquailified teachers on H1-B visas so that they can exploit there workers for little or no pay at all. Google Sonaran Science H1-B visa Fraud. Tucson Weekly Hudden Agenda and Forignors fill ranks of Charter Schools. What is a gulen School? Research and find out more. Here is what they are doing about it in Chicago.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

http://horizonparentstruth.blo...

Sonoran Science Academy supporter state that they will never have a union at there schools and that forigein teachers are better and more hard working than American teachers.

ericthefool
ericthefool

The average professor made $111,000 a year.

Your average is inflated and the actual average is $46,000 a year.

If 1 professor makes $111,000 a year, and 4 teachers make $30,000....then you get an average of about $46,000.

Now try paying bills, buying a car, paying back your school loan, and then maybe throw a kid in there, on $30,000. This is of course without any medical mishaps, or injuries...after all no one wants to get injured. You should go try it.

Daniel
Daniel

I'm not sure where you get your numbers, but I assume it's from the same self-reinforcing headspace where most of the fact-challenged do.

Wisconsin public employees make less than their comparable private sector counterparts (in total compensation - benefits included): http://www.econbrowser.com/arc...

This trend is national.. it's not a Wisconsin phenomenon.

Despite this, Wisconsin public unions have already caved on ALL pay cuts proposed by the "budget repair bill." The protests have NOTHING to do with compensation. They have to do with the Governor's blatant attempt to bust up the union.

Try informing yourself before posting next time, James...

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