February 15, 2011

From the "could it happen here?" file.... or could it?

The legislation introduced here by Senate Republicans to strip you of bargaining rights and the level playing field on contracting out may go nowhere.

But in Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, is pushing to strip bargaining rights from state employees in the birthplace of AFSCME. On Friday, he announced a Hosni Mobarak-like plan to call out the National Guard in case the dedicated public servants protest his anti-union plans.

The AFL-CIO reports the last time the National Guard was used against public workers was the AFSCME Memphis sanitation strike in 1968, just before the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who’d come in support of the AFSCME members.

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