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Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:06 AM

Union-Busting GOP Governor Scott Walker Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees

Source: Think Progress

Walker’s sudden support of union labor is surprising, given his push for a radical union-busting law that effectively ended collective bargaining for many of Wisconsin’s public employees. The law, which Walker and his fellow Republicans pitched as necessary to fix Wisconsin’s budget before admitting that it was the “first step” in an anti-union strategy, was so unpopular that it led to massive protests outside the state capitol in Madison and recall elections against Walker and six Republicans in the state senate.

Multiple Packers players, incidentally, urged Wisconsinites to vote against Walker in the recall. And while Walker decries the scab officials who replaced union labor on the football field, he doesn’t hold himself to the same standard: after his union-busting law went into effect, union workers were replaced with prison labor.

Read more: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/09/25/903691/walker-union-referees/

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Reply Union-Busting GOP Governor Scott Walker Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees (Original post)
Courtesy Flush Sep 2012 OP
4lbs Sep 2012 #1
Harriety Sep 2012 #2
Botany Sep 2012 #5
patrice Sep 2012 #16
ieoeja Sep 2012 #8
SoapBox Sep 2012 #10
patrice Sep 2012 #17
Smarmie Doofus Sep 2012 #13
bread_and_roses Sep 2012 #14
patrice Sep 2012 #19
patrice Sep 2012 #23
Doctor_J Sep 2012 #27
patrice Sep 2012 #28
patrice Sep 2012 #15
lapfog_1 Sep 2012 #3
mac56 Sep 2012 #4
Tansy_Gold Sep 2012 #6
mac56 Sep 2012 #7
Pat Riot Sep 2012 #12
TBF Sep 2012 #21
Hubert Flottz Sep 2012 #9
Tansy_Gold Sep 2012 #18
Democrats_win Sep 2012 #11
AlbertCat Sep 2012 #20
Blue Owl Sep 2012 #22
jonesgirl Sep 2012 #24
greiner3 Sep 2012 #25
liberal N proud Sep 2012 #26

Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:15 AM

1. Oh the irony. n/t

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:17 AM

2. I still don't undersand why they couldn't reacall him.

I know my friends in Wisconsin said they were deluged with pro Walker ads but Wisconsin had such momentum going for them. What the hell happened?

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Response to Harriety (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:24 AM

5. I still don't undersand why they couldn't reacall him.

They cheated ..... the same district that put a republican state senator because of
his support for Walker turned around and then voted to keep Walker as Governor?

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Response to Botany (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:32 AM

16. Please see my post #15 below. nt

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Response to Harriety (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:39 AM

8. A lot of people oppose recall elections.


We feel that is the tipping line between democracy and mobocracy.


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Response to ieoeja (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:07 AM

10. uhhhh, I suppose...

But Walker is scum and is hostile to ALL people / workers, except those 1%er types.

It amazes me that the masses couldn't see that...however, we see it time and time again (Baggers!) that Americans
will vote against their own best interests, if Cluster Fuks News tells them to.

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Response to SoapBox (Reply #10)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:32 AM

17. Please see my post #15 below. nt

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Response to ieoeja (Reply #8)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:20 AM

13. Wish there were more of them in California. n/t

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Response to Harriety (Reply #2)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:22 AM

14. The Dem candidate was hardly a great champion for Labor

- which was probably why various unions in WI split on endorsement - the losing Primary candidate had endorsements, as did the eventual Primary winner. The winner was described by one writer as "a corporate Democrat who inspired no one, having previously attacked the wages and benefits of unions as the Democratic mayor of Milwaukee." ( http://workerscompass.org/the-u-s-labor-movement-at-the-crossroads-in-the-crosshairs/ )

The channeling of the energy in WI - generated by what I think can only be called a genuine, grassroots peoples' movement - into the narrow frame of electoral politics was viewed with alarm by many, who saw it as the losing strategy it turned out to be.

Electoral politics and solidarity are incompatible . And Labor's only real power lies in solidarity.



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Response to bread_and_roses (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:38 AM

19. I agree with this too plus some very concrete work by the Tea Party as described in the link

I posted in #15 below.

Plus plus, as is mentioned in a few newer articles around here about the current build-up and surge in this kind of activity against Obama it's Tea Party Republicans WITH RALPH REED who has connections in thousands and thousands of churches doing his bidding. I'll see if I can find that link for you.

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Response to bread_and_roses (Reply #14)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 12:07 PM

23. Here's what is going on:

http://www.thenation.com/blog/170103/koch-group-kicks-massive-voter-mobilization-effort-summons-tea-party-country-club-outsou

Koch is now financing more than 200 organizers and paid political staff in thirty-one states. Its likely much of the money Koch now donates to the NRA and groups like the Faith and Freedom Coalition (run by Tim Phillip’s longtime business partner, Ralph Reed), will also be spent on organizers on the ground. Using the Wisconsin model, Koch hopes to partner with local conservative groups to build a rapid mobilization system that can compete on Election Day, in every critical state.

Too much attention is given to the television ads. The Koch network, which is actively training Tea Partiers, via a partnership with True the Vote, to harass and intimidate voters, may tip the scales in this election. And you won’t see their work on television, or through FEC disclosures (they refuse to register their grassroots electioneering as independent expenditures). Like Wisconsin, liberals might see the ground shifting beneath them, and wonder what happened.

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Response to patrice (Reply #23)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 03:06 PM

27. Hopefully some of the voters they harrass

will invoke the SYG laws. If a few hundred GOP terrorists are gunned down, the intimidation will be scaled back, IMO.

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Response to Doctor_J (Reply #27)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 04:08 PM

28. Are you trying to get me to alert on you? Please insert a sarcasm emoticon - or - own this post as

as is as a representation of your authentic intent, in which case I will alert on you so you can go brag about how intolerant Obama supporters are of gun ownership "humor".

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:18 AM

3. Someone in Wisconsin should run an ad

showing the last play of the seattle / green bay game.. and draw circles around the scab officials...

And tie it to union busting of Scott Walker and Paul Ryan.

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:20 AM

4. They truly are less troubled by hypocrisy than normal people are.

The Packers are a publicly-held team. Therefore, the officials at Packer games are public employees. Therefore, by Scott Walker logic, the unionized officials deserve what they get and the scab officials should be just fine.

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Response to mac56 (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:33 AM

6. I could be wrong, but

I believe the officials are employees of the NFL, not the individual teams. Officials at Packers' games are not public employees; if they were, they'd belong to a different union.

But I could be wrong.

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Response to Tansy_Gold (Reply #6)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 10:36 AM

7. You might be right. I never thought about that.

Even so, Walker logic would dictate that scab replacements are just fine'n'dandy.

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Response to mac56 (Reply #7)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:14 AM

12. Logic goes out the window

when Seattle pounds the shit out of the beloved Cheeseheads. Just my theory, could be wrong.

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Response to Pat Riot (Reply #12)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 12:01 PM

21. Logic goes out the window anytime you are near Scott Walker nt

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:06 AM

9. Walker is the King of the scabs...

He'd make a great blocking dummy.

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Response to Hubert Flottz (Reply #9)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:37 AM

18. Now he can be the king of Karma n/t

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:12 AM

11. How funny!

Scott Walker doesn't even have the common sense to keep his mouth shut.

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 11:56 AM

20. See the result of...

... the insane worship of sports produces all kinds nuttiness.

MORE ART.... LESS SPORT

(there's nothing wrong with sports of course... but c'mon!)

Waker is a spoiled egotist. He didn't like the way the game went and now thinks he can use his position in government to make it his way. Like everything else he's done.

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 12:05 PM

22. What a dumb shit

Someone this stupid can only succeed by lying, cheating, or stealing.

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 12:28 PM

24. Funny how he has more interest with the sports world jobs, than with the people's jobs. Pitiful

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 02:03 PM

25. "Scott Walker Demands Return Of Unionized NFL Referees"

My mind reels as to the amount of money Scott must have lost on his wager on Green Bay!

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Response to Courtesy Flush (Original post)

Tue Sep 25, 2012, 02:06 PM

26. Bites you in the ass Walker.

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