Rightwing Moves to Dismantle Unions

This is a resource for learning more about the Wisconsin protests against its Governor’s attempt to strip away collective bargaining rights for workers who serve the public.

Wikipedia on Wisconsin Protests

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The Betrayal of Public Workers

Robert Pollin and Jeffrey Thompson (The Nation) | February 16, 2011

The Great Recession and its aftermath are entering a new phase in the United States, which could bring even more severe assaults on the living standards and basic rights of ordinary people than we have experienced thus far. This is because a wide swath of the country’s policy- and opinion-making elite have singled out public sector workers—including schoolteachers, healthcare workers, police officers and firefighters—as well as their unions and even their pensions as deadweight burdens sapping the economy’s vitality. …read more…

Someone Has To Stop This Shameful Attack on Public Employees

Robert Reich (Business Insider) | Jan. 6, 2011

In 1968, the sanitation workers of Memphis tried to form a union. The city resisted. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. came to support them. That was where he lost his life. Eventually the sanitation workers got their union. And in subsequent years millions of public employees across the nation got similar protection. …read more…

Wisconsin Play by Play – TPM

Chronicle from the front line by Talking Points Memo

Paul Krugman on Wisconsin and what Naomi Klein calls “Crises Capitalism”

Maybe Madison, Wis., isn’t Cairo after all. Maybe it’s Baghdad — specifically, Baghdad in 2003, when the Bush administration put Iraq under the rule of officials chosen for loyalty and political reliability rather than experience and competence. …read more…

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