The Public Sector Unions have seen the handwriting on the wall....Taxpayers are sick & tired of the greedy public sector hacks griping about having to pay a fair market share of their benefits and retirement plans, like the rest of us have done for years....They need to get over themselves and understand that those of us who have endured the beat-down of the recession have little sympathy for their complaints where they will be living off the taxpayers for the rest of their lives....
NOW, they will try to raise a protest that keeping their rich benefits and pay plans is an issue of " civil rights ".....This is pathetically lame.
The idea that the rejection of the Union's motive to stick it to the taxpayers being a "civil rights" issues is one further sign of how desperate they are to hang on to their bloated compensation regardless of how it effects the majority....They want to keep what was promised to them 20-30 years ago no matter how ridiculous....
The new economy means adjustments for all.... The Public Sector cannot be isolated from the changes we all have had to adjust to....The comparison of how the recession has effected the millions who have lost their homes in comparison to these hacks having to pay a larger share of their healthcare & retirement is a sign of how out of touch these greedy fools really are.
These idjits better figure it out as NO ONE is buying their foolish arguments and that their thuggish protests in Wisconsin failed is the start of the real change that this country needs.....It is about time.
Unions Frame Collective Bargaining As Civil Rights Issue
HUFFPO - SAM HANANEL 03/11/11 04:23 AM
WASHINGTON — Labor unions at the heart of a burning national disagreement over the cost of public employees want to frame the debate as a civil rights issue, an effort that may draw more sympathy to public workers being blamed for busting state budgets with generous pensions.
As part of that strategy, unions are planning rallies across the country on April 4 – the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination. Union officials want the observances in dozens of cities to remind Americans that King was supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tenn., the night he was shot.
By portraying collective bargaining as a human rights issue, union officials hope the rallies can help fuel a backlash against Republicans in Wisconsin and other states trying to curb collective bargaining rights for public employees.
"This is a fight for workers, this is a fight for the middle class, this is a fight to try to stave off the shift in power and wealth that is starting to become gross," said Harold Schaitberger, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters.
The planned rallies on the 43rd anniversary of King's death are part of a coordinated strategy by labor leaders to ride the momentum of pro-union demonstrations and national polls showing most Americans support collective bargaining rights as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP leaders in states fight to reduce or strip those benefits.
Walker has argued that collective bargaining is a budget issue. He says the bill the state Legislature passed Thursday stripping most collective bargaining benefits will give local governments flexibility in making budget cuts needed to close the state's $3.6 billion deficit. He is expected to sign it soon.
"That's something people forget about Dr. King," said Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, the nation's largest labor federation. "We all know about his work in the civil rights movement, but he was also a workers' rights advocate."
It's also another signal that labor leaders are trying to broaden the coalition of groups speaking out against efforts to limit collective bargaining rights for public employee unions. Unions are coordinating the rallies with the NAACP, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and other civil rights, religious and progressive groups.
"Dr. King lost his life struggling to help sanitation workers – public sector employees – achieve their goals for a dignified existence as workers," said Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference. "We think that's an extraordinary backdrop in which to frame the debate over what's taking place in the country today."