National Labor News Roundup: New Gallup Poll - More Americans Side With Public Employee Unions Than Governors Who Are Trying To Strip Collective Bargaining Rights & Slash Public Services
Also… Wisconsin Democrats To File First Recall Petitions Against GOP State Senator Kapanke & Educators Asked to Leave Wisconsin Governor Walker Press Conference’s on Education
New Gallup Poll: More Americans Side With Public Employee Unions Than Governors Who Are Trying To Strip Collective Bargaining Rights & Slash Public Services
From Standing Up For Public Service: www.standforpublicservice.org/blog/poll-americans-back-unions-over-govs:
A National Gallup poll released today shows more Americans side with Public Employee Unions than with governors who are trying to strip Collective Bargaining Rights and slash Public Services. Just under half, or 48%, of those surveyed support Unions and Public Workers, as opposed to 39% who agree with the governors. Support for Unions is highest among Democrats, at 70%, and also young adults age 18-34, at 61%. The poll was conducted by Gallup/USA Today March 25th through March 27th after the Wisconsin Legislature passed Republican Governor Scott Walker’s Anti-Worker Bill, but before Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich’s measure Senate Bill 5 (SB 5) was passed by that state’s legislature and signed this week.
Wisconsin Democrats To File First Recall Petitions Against GOP State Senator Kapanke
From Talking Points Memo (tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com): Wisconsin Democrats now say they have more than enough signatures to launch a recall of Republican State Senator Dan Kapanke in the battle over Republican Governor Scott Walker's new law curtailing Public Employee Unions. They’re filing the petitions today - less than halfway through the 60-day window for gathering the signatures. The La Crosse Tribune reports: Recall Organizer Pat Scheller said volunteers have gathered more than the 15,588 signatures needed and that they plan to take them to Madison after a noon rally today at La Crosse City Hall. It’s expected to be the first completed of 19 active recall efforts registered between February 24th and March 2nd against 16 Senators. The Senate Chamber currently has a 19-14 Republican majority, with Democrats hoping to pick up three seats in recall elections and win a majority. Wisconsin State Senators serve four-year terms, with half of them up every two years. Wisconsin's recall law contains a condition that any effort cannot begin until at least one year into a term - meaning that only 16 members, eight Democrats and eight Republicans, could currently be recalled. In order to initiate a recall, petitioners must gather signatures equal to 25% of the total votes within that district in the previous gubernatorial election. Shortly before the bill passed in the Legislature, Kapanke had said that he expected a recall to happen, though he stood by his position on the issues: "I'm willing to stand up and take that vote." More recently, he discussed how he has taken solace in religion, declaring to a Republican crowd that, "I'm not ashamed to tell you I've read the Bible more than I ever have," and that Walker also focuses on religion: "How can you go wrong following a leader that obviously gets his mission on this earth?" As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's district rankings have demonstrated, Kapanke represents the bluest state Senate District in Wisconsin of any Republican state senator: Obama carried it by over 23 points in 2008, and in the 2010 Republican wave Governor Walker won it by a margin of less than one point.
Educators Asked to Leave Wisconsin Governor Walker Press Conference’s on Education
This from the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO: Stan Johnson, Sid Hatch and Mike Langyelwere surprised when they were asked by Republican Governor Scott Walker’s staff representatives and the Milwaukee Police Department’s Professional Performance Division to leave a press conference on Education Reform. “I wanted to hear first hand what the governor had in plan for Education Reform since these changes will directly affect the Milwaukee Teachers,” said Stan Johnson, executive director of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. “We heard there was going to be an announcement about education. We wanted to be able to understand the details of that plan so we went to the conference, only to be asked to leave by one of Walker’s staff and the Milwaukee Police.” Dozens of community members protested outside of Hope Christian School in Milwaukee today. All had gathered to participate in the press conference to learn more about Education Reform but were denied that right. “The governor is giving a press conference on education yet he won’t let any educators in,” said Mike Langyel, president of the Milwaukee Teachers Education Association. “It just doesn’t make sense. One of the values of Wisconsin is openness from our elected officials and letting constituents take part in Democracy. Today, that right was denied.” It appears Governor Walker is trying to take away the right of the people to participate in their Democracy in order to push through his corporate agenda without any witnesses.