The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Operating Engineers were not too proud to stand with Wisconsin’s governor after he stripped collective bargaining rights from the workers who teach their children.
They did it in 2013 – two years after he yanked public sector union rights and 1 year after he won a recall.
With the passage of “Right To Work” legislation in the Assembly, their union power, their workplace safety, their living wages, and their job security is about to be eroded, too.
They weren’t the only unions supporting Walker.
From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign:
“Unions representing engineers, police, firefighters, plumbers, carpenters and other trades contributed more than $83,000 in 2013-14 to help reelect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, despite his successful 2011 effort to slash public employee collective bargaining rights and his support for a state right-to-work law.” – source
Why did they believe in him?
They thought bad things couldn’t happen to good white men?
Men who pay Guvna protection money and yell about spear fishing Injuns when Kathy Stepp pricks their ears just so?
Whichever the cause, the dividing and conquering happened as was foretold.
These unions served Walker well.
They are no longer useful.
They are discarded.
Remember when Walker used that phrase “It’s working“?
They were “worked”.
Image and excerpt below are from Scott Walker’s January 2013 Wisconsin State of the State speech:
“Joining me are Josh Dennis, Larry Youngs, Cindy Lafortune, Karl Krall, Richard Galarno, Curt Lusua, Adam Kaseno, Steve Anderson, Harold Wickman, and Ryan Haffenbredl. These operating engineers are members of Local 139, who are looking for work.
Also joining us tonight are carpenters and millwrights from northern Wisconsin locals of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, welcome Dana Tonnelli, Bob Polencheck, Charlie Steed, Al Ida, Dan Gillespie, Pete Langreck, David Grottke, and Jim Berrens.
Together, these folks are holding up the flag of the great State of Wisconsin. On the right side of the seal is the image of a miner. In the upper right corner are the tools of a miner. And on the top of the seal is a badger, which comes from the nickname given to early settlers who were miners. If any state can move forward with a way to streamline the process for safe and environmentally sound mining, shouldn’t it be the Badger State?”
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Marty, don’t lump Iron Workers in the same category as those ratty ass carpenters and dumb fucktard operators that supported Walker. We in no shape or form supported him.
This is what happens when we don’t stick together. I would never vouch for any politician who tried to hurt any union ever no matter what my problems with them. These guys sold out, probably were told it was in there best interest…. Or were paid to do this? I dunno but fu€k Scott walker in the @$$
UUUUUUUUNION YES, as long as I can sit on my butt and do nothing and get a big paycheck. For you? DON’T CARE!
I am also glad that private unions are being taken down in Wisconsin. Next, they will repeal prevailing wage standards in government contracts. This will especially hurt those bozo construction trades that endorsed and voted for Walker. Now municipalities, who in some parts of the states higher more construction workers than the private sector) will all have to accept bids where immigrants (perhaps illegal?) are paid poverty wages!
Of course, workers that try to scrape by on minimum wage (or even a few bucks more per hour) cannot afford union dues anyhow and now the unions will not invest in expanding their base, especially in low-wage industries. So those bricklayers, iron workers, engineers, and other union grunt workers are really going to be taken down. Even those that want to will not be able to afford union dues once government contracts are all done at minimum wage.
Perhaps these morons, largely overpaid anyhow (but I never complained until they stood with Walker) will find out just what the Koch Brothers and other multinational corporate interests think of you. YOU UNION WALKER VOTERS WERE AND STILL ARE STOOOOOOOPID.
Nice to see you get knocked down. I can only hope you will quickly reap appropriate rewards to voting for the divide-and-conquer governor. YOU ARE ALL MORONS!
I was just wondering…were police generally supportive of walker during the pre-recall protests at the capitol? And so, are the police in all those 20 or 30 RTW states now no longer going to be defended up to the hilt by a (corrupted) police union? “Security” for me would hinge not on police, but on mutual respect — a job I could put my heart into and that would give me back a wage, with benefits, in return for my contribution to society; not “total surveillance” and “winners” who are “losers” (if you know what I mean) in unfair fights, and imprisoned immigrants and of course African American men and women. Blue Cheddar’s correct. What we got here in Wisconsin is some Koch corruption (pronounced caca-ruption) hitting the fan.
As a public employee, I say good! Things were going good for them back then, we warned them. Now they can cry like little school girls. Wait until your property taxes or rent goes up from loss of tax revenue due to lower wages. Nothing like poor republicans LMAO
I love monkey observer’s analogy. What a graphically accurate portrayal of our spit in your face uncaring childish governor
Walker is like the monkey on Monkey Island that masturbates in front of your children, tries to spray you and the kids with urine from his little monkey penis, inserts peach pits in his anus and then removes and sucks on them, and pelts your family with feces.
Wisconsinites, to walker, are a bad joke and so stoooopid that they deserve the monkey treatment described above. Now he’s taking his sh!t-throwin’ monkey show national and the media is going to lap it all up, eventually catapulting this peach-pit-anus-inserting-and-sucking primate into the White House via some of the most blatant and outrageous propaganda you have ever seen.
But it is so much fun watching the monkeys at the zoo. You can always wash the urine and feces off when you get home, though I agree, watching them jack off and insert peach pits in their asses to flavor them before inserting them in their mouths to suck on is very difficult to explain to the children.
Why not elect a juvenile vandal to the White House and let him take down America just like George WALKER Bush did!
they got screwed
They are a bunch of imbeciles, they have become something even worse than a scab.