Bullied, harassed, and lied to, District 1 of the Amalgamated Association of Easter Bunnies, AFB-CIO (American Federation of Bunnies–Cottontails International Organization) went on strike, forcing a halt to this year’s Easter egg hunts in Wisconsin.
At Bunny Headquarters, Solomon P. Bunny, union executive secretary, and a militant corps of Easter bunnies were preparing picket signs. I walked in, notepad in hand.
“Excuse me, Mr. Bunny, why aren’t your members delivering eggs this week?”
Bunny looked up from the papers on his desk, chomped harder on his cigar, looked at me, scowled, and answered harshly, “Don’t you know!?”
You all know about how TeaPublican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin lied through his shiny white teeth about how his budget bill, which included draconian cuts to labor rights, had to be passed in order to save the state from a budget deficit and he and his TeaPublican cohorts in the state legislature created by cutting taxes to big businesses and the rich.
We know this was a flat out lie, because when push came to shove, Walker refused to negotiate — even after the unions agreed to all his proposals save the elimination of collective bargaining for all but wages, which, of course, has nothing to do with the budget. And finally, the governor and the other SOBs in the state legislature then stripped the bill of everything to do with the finances — except the parts that had to do with public workers — so it could pass without a quorum since the Democrats in the legislature refused to go along with the plan to ramrod the bill through.
And now that a judge issued a restraining order to stop publication of the bill, the Republicans did the one thing they had to do to make sure their law went into effect. They granted themselves immunity and published it anyway.
Apparently Scott Walker believes he doesn’t have to listen to the courts any more than he has to listen to his constituents.
Walker, Wisconsin’s ultra-corporate-friendly governor, has decided to publish the anti-labor law he illegally pushed through the state senate. The law strips most public sector unions of their collective bargaining rights.
As a progressive, sometimes I almost feel that I should say “Thank you” to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Not for what he’s trying to do to Wisconsin, but for energizing the progressive movement, and motivating the Democrat’s base in a way that many of us have been trying to do or waiting for Democrats to do.
Walker’s shenanigans in Wisconsin have made him a rising star in the GOP, but it’s done much more than than. It’s basically disappeared the Republican “enthusiasm gap,” and sparked a movement to recall 8 Republican senators that’s piling up signatures, compared to an anemic GOP effort to recall Democratic senators,
As expected, Michael Moore, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka were in Madison, Wisconsin, to support and rally the workers in their fight against the union-busting governor and Republican-dominated state legislature.
But, so were union members Bradley Whitfield, Susan Sarandon, Tony Shaloub and dozens of musicians and singers, including Peter Yarrow who, as part of Peter, Paul and Mary, was at almost every major social protest for more than 40 years.