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AFL-CIO works to keep Wisconsin protests going

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — AFL-CIO leaders are deciding how they can better coordinate efforts to help pro-union protesters in Wisconsin.

Officials at the nation’s largest labor federation say they are looking for a more strategic approach to help keep the crowds large as protests enter a third week.

The strategy sessions are part of the AFL-CIO’s annual winter meeting this week.

AFL-CIO officials have been helping organize protests in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states where GOP officials seek to curb union rights.

Demonstrators are trying to pressure Republican Gov. Scott Walker to abandon a measure that would end collective bargaining rights for nearly all of Wisconsin’s public workers. Walker said it will help close a projected $3.6 billion deficit in the state’s budget.

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  1. Is it any surprise? The union leaders are fighting for their way of life. If the rank and file no longer have to pay dues, what will the union leaders do to live in the style to which they have become acustomed?…Get a job?…Nahhh.

  2. Fighting for a way of life? you bet. Fighting for better wages and working conditions for middle class workers. Fighting for a safer work place. Fighting to stop corporate welfare. Fighting for pensions that allow the working class to retire in dignity and not become burdens on there children or the state. Fighting for affordable heath care. Add that to all the other things that Unions have fought for and won for workers like the eight hour day, the 40 hour work week, over time, child labor laws, apprenticeship standers and much more. Yes, I will gladly pay my dues. — And yes I go to work every day too

  3. Joe, I said ” Union leaders are fighting for THEIR way of life”. Their only concern for the rank and file is to make sure that the dues keep flowing in so THEY, personally, can live off the work of the laborers. if you want an anology, think pimp.

  4. Irwin
    I really don’t know how to respond, you seem to have a very calloused view of unions and the elected leaders who serve there membership. I have no idea if your opinions on unions are from personal experience or just the standard run of the mill anti union dogma. I can only tell you that in my 34 years of being an active member in my local building trades union I have not witnessed my elected local union leaders living this lavish life style or pimping me for my dues money. I have seen my elected union leaders working hard to secure better wages and benefits for there membership, making sure our apprentices and journeymen are receiving the best training available and working in partnership with our contractors to be the best value to our customers in our industry.

  5. It would take a book to communicate the issues I have experienced with unions.

    Unions were great during early stages of the industrial revolution when worker conditions were truely hazardous. Not so much today.

    As our society is forced to operate efficiently, unions are being recognized as an unecessary layer that can be cut.

    Save those helmet stickers. They may be worth something some day.

  6. BTW, If removing collective bargaining over benefits from Wisconsin public employees is such an outrage, why are people not camped out in the Capitol in Washington DC. The vast majority of Federal employees cannot collectively bargain anything. Clearly they are being oppressed. Where’s the AFL-CIO on that issue?

  7. Joe,

    This highlights a bit about the “way of life” for the union leaders that I illuded to:


    The “Unions” as corporations, if you will, and their chiefs have much, much more to loose in this battle than the workers.

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