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Wis. Police Assoc. Slams Republicans for Ordering Democrats Detained ‘With or Without Force’

Wow. Let’s hear it for the Wisconsin Professional Police Association (WPPA). Today the organization slammed Senate Republicans after they ordered the detention of 14 Democratic senators staying in Illinois “with or without force.” Here’s the statement by these defenders of civil liberties and democracy:

“Politics aside, encouraging the forcible detention of duly elected lawmakers because they won’t allow you to dictate with a free hand is an unreasonable abuse of police power,” said WPPA Executive Director Jim Palmer. “Due to the fact that Wisconsin officers lack any jurisdiction across state lines, does Sen. Fitzgerald intend to establish a ‘lawmaker border patrol?’ The thought of using law enforcement officers to exercise force in order to achieve a political objective is insanely wrong and Wisconsin sorely needs reasonable solutions and not potentially dangerous political theatrics.”

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Missouri Public Employees: Paid Less, Better Educated

One more study is out now that explodes the myth that public employees make more than their counterparts in the private sector. A new Economic Policy Institute (EPI) study released this week finds that full-time state and local government employees in Missouri are undercompensated by 15.7 percent, when compared with similar private-sector workers.

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Solidarity in Action: Check Out This New Video

Check out this great video from our team here that pulls together some of the many moments of people power in Wisconsin, Ohio and other states where governors and state legislatures are trying to take away the right of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs. It gives a glimpse of the huge outpouring of nationwide support and solidarity for workers under siege by lawmakers who are bought and paid for by billionaire CEOs like the Koch brothers.

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Killing Workplace Rights: ‘Un-American’

Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) gave a powerful statement this morning on the House floor in which he described the real agenda of anti-worker governors, state lawmakers and Republicans in Congress who are targeting America’s working families through the guise of budget-cutting. Some snippets below, but you gotta watch his full speech.

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So-Called Right to Work Laws Don’t Boost Jobs

Opponents of working families and their unions have been trying to ram so-called right to work laws through state legislatures. Such laws make it illegal for a group of unionized workers to negotiate a contract that requires each employee who enjoys the benefit of the contract to pay his or her share of the costs of negotiating and policing it.

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Walker’s Bill Killing Bargaining Rights ‘Unconstitutional’

Milwaukee City Attorney Grant Langley says Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s bill, which includes taking away public employees’ bargaining rights, is unconstitutional because it would interfer with local autonomy.

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Solis: Govs. in Wis. and Ohio Want Workers to Give Up Their American Rights

The nation’s governors are meeting right now in Washington, D.C., for their annual conference. Well, not all of them. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a no-show, preferring to make the rounds on the weekend television interview programs to explain away why he wants to take away the freedom of public employees to bargain for good middle-class jobs.

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New Poll: U.S. Public Opposes Weakening Bargaining Rights

The American public opposes weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent, according to a New York Times/CBS poll.

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Walker Welding Capitol Windows NOW to Keep Workers from Passing Food to Those Inside

This from AFL-CIO Political Communications Director Eddie Vale who’s on the ground in Madison, Wis.

As we speak, Gov. Scott Walker & the Senate R’s are literally having the windows of the capital welded shut to keep people from passing food into the building to the people inside.

Our attorneys are collecting affidavits from the people who witnessed this, along with people who have been illegally denied access to a public, government, building.

 We will be filing for a TRO [temporary restraining order] to open the Capitol.

It is a sad for democracy when Governor Walker and his R Senate allies are locking the people of Wisconsin out of their own state capitol.

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More than 100,000 Rally in Wisconsin

This is a crosspost from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO.

On a snowy Wisconsin Saturday over 100,000 union members, working families, community members, faith leaders, activist groups and concerned citizens gathered in Madison to tell Gov. Walker to stop the attacks on the middle class and kill the bill.

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