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sasha031 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-27-11 10:57 AM
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Dem's in MA!!! House votes to restrict unions
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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.

Its 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 theyre with us, that they believe in collective bargaining, that they believe in unions. . . . Its a done deal for our relationship with the people inside that chamber.

We are going to fight this thing to the bitter end, he added. Massachusetts is not the place that takes collective bargaining away from public employees.
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  -Dem's in MA!!! House votes to restrict unions sasha031  Apr-27-11 10:57 AM   #0 
  - Afuckingmazing.  Poboy   Apr-27-11 11:02 AM   #1 
  - Ryan's budget showed reps true colors. Now dems turn to show their true colors.  bbgrunt   Apr-27-11 11:05 AM   #2 
  - yellow nt  Deep13   Apr-27-11 11:40 AM   #17 
  - This is typical of the shitty country we now live in. "financially strapped cities and towns"  Thunderstruck   Apr-27-11 11:05 AM   #3 
  - I am fucking pissed  Marrah_G   Apr-27-11 11:05 AM   #4 
  - Holy fuck. Betrayal x1,000,000. Watch the usual crowd spin this one!  FLAprogressive   Apr-27-11 11:07 AM   #5 
  - Illinois  marsis   Apr-27-11 11:10 AM   #6 
  - this is why unions are pulling funds away from Dem's  sasha031   Apr-27-11 11:25 AM   #9 
  - "municipal workers would still have more bargaining power over health care plans than state workers"  tritsofme   Apr-27-11 11:17 AM   #7 
  - Cut off the endorsements, donations and volunteers, then. I hope the Democrats pay for this.  Brickbat   Apr-27-11 11:21 AM   #8 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Apr-27-11 11:27 AM   #10 
  - Not only that, but PRESIDENT PALIN!!1!!11!!!  Brickbat   Apr-27-11 11:32 AM   #11 
  - DLC disenfranchised us. There's no opposition to corporatism  upi402   Apr-27-11 12:09 PM   #24 
  - Yeah, can't wait for the "sense and sensibility" bunch to come...  Flubadubya   Apr-27-11 11:38 AM   #13 
  - and that we're all paid right-wing trolls....and that the article is all wrong.  FLAprogressive   Apr-27-11 11:39 AM   #15 
  - Sadly, I think this is it for me  Oak2004   Apr-27-11 12:17 PM   #26 
     - I'm still trying but I'm sooo with ya  upi402   Apr-27-11 12:23 PM   #29 
     - I will only 'argue' for you to stay and continue to make you grievance heard.  Poboy   Apr-27-11 12:24 PM   #30 
     - I agree with you 100%  DeSwiss   Apr-27-11 07:27 PM   #45 
  - Attention Democratic traitors:  Deep13   Apr-27-11 11:34 AM   #12 
  - we have to purge the dinos....otherwise there is no party difference  spanone   Apr-27-11 11:38 AM   #14 
  - This party is suicidal or content with being yesterday's Republicans  TheKentuckian   Apr-27-11 11:40 AM   #16 
  - wtf?  fishwax   Apr-27-11 11:41 AM   #18 
  - I am not surprised.  ThomCat   Apr-27-11 11:47 AM   #19 
  - + >9000!!!!!  Chris_Texas   Apr-27-11 02:36 PM   #37 
  - You shoud make a thead out of this post  Ramulux   Apr-27-11 07:19 PM   #44 
     - I have, several times.  ThomCat   Apr-27-11 08:16 PM   #46 
  - And Deval Patrick is the leader of this. I will be checking how my rep voted  seaglass   Apr-27-11 11:51 AM   #20 
  - No, he is not. DeLeo is the leader. Compared to his position, Patrick's is moderate.  Mass   Apr-27-11 12:20 PM   #28 
  - It's Deval Patrick's plan. My husband is a firefighter, I know exactly what this is about. n/t  seaglass   Apr-27-11 12:31 PM   #34 
  - Patrick and the leader of the State Senate are opposed to the legislation.  bluestate10   Apr-27-11 08:22 PM   #47 
  - Bumping this is it's a hella lot more more importan than the stupid birther shit.  Dappleganger   Apr-27-11 11:54 AM   #21 
  - Yes it is.  Poboy   Apr-27-11 12:03 PM   #23 
  - Anybody got  Squeech   Apr-27-11 11:58 AM   #22 
  - I couldn't find my reps vote on the MA House page - but found it in my local paper.  seaglass   Apr-27-11 12:17 PM   #25 
  - Check your Rep's vote here  upi402   Apr-27-11 12:17 PM   #27 
  - "they could lose their union backing in the next election"  KamaAina   Apr-27-11 12:24 PM   #31 
  - Lesson? Don't elect those that will cut your throat.  mmonk   Apr-27-11 12:26 PM   #32 
  - I have previously said Wisconsin is a mere distraction  Broderick   Apr-27-11 12:26 PM   #33 
  - Wow!! Dems in Massachusetts??  Kermitt Gribble   Apr-27-11 12:56 PM   #35 
  - no denying it!  Poboy   Apr-27-11 02:03 PM   #36 
  - .  Poboy   Apr-27-11 02:54 PM   #38 
  - Ted Kennedy is rolling in his grave right now  LynneSin   Apr-27-11 02:57 PM   #39 
  - I'm glad he's not around to see it n/t  TK421   Apr-27-11 08:25 PM   #48 
  - I'm going to vomit.  MrSlayer   Apr-27-11 03:19 PM   #40 
  - MA has 2.8m workers, 414k union mbrs 58% of which are public employees. nt  jody   Apr-27-11 06:09 PM   #41 
  - your point? n/t  seaglass   Apr-27-11 06:18 PM   #42 
  - Things are gonna be very interesting in Massachusetts  Ramulux   Apr-27-11 07:08 PM   #43 
  - Good Lord. Dems in MA?  progressoid   Apr-27-11 08:25 PM   #49 
  - Look, they thought Coakley was a good 'replacement' for Ted  mntleo2   Apr-28-11 09:36 PM   #50 

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