Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin public employees’

Governor Walker Is Sure We Have A Failure To Communicate

February 28, 2011

Gov. Scott Walker on Monday afternoon responded to comments President Barack Obama made earlier in the day about the protests in Madison:

Walker’s office issued this statement:

“I’m sure the President knows that most federal employees do not have collective bargaining for wages and benefits while our plan allows it for base pay. And I’m sure the President knows that the average federal worker pays twice as much for health insurance as what we are asking for in Wisconsin. At least I would hope he knows these facts.

“Furthermore, I’m sure the President knows that we have repeatedly praised the more than 300,000 government workers who come to work every day in Wisconsin.

“I’m sure that President Obama simply misunderstands the issues in Wisconsin, and isn’t acting like the union bosses in saying one thing and doing another.”

I’m sure Governor Walkers believes, what we have here…. is a failure to communicate.

 

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Wisconsin Shoe On The Other Foot From Tea Party Movement To Cheese Party Movement

February 23, 2011

In what union leaders say is becoming a national fight, protests against legislation to restrict public employees’ collective-bargaining rights spread from Wisconsin to Ohio.

In Madison, Wisconsin, crowds that police estimated at 25,000 engulfed the Capitol and its lawns yesterday during a third-straight day of protests as Democratic senators fled the legislative session. In Columbus, Ohio, about 3,800 state workers, teachers and other public employees came to the statehouse for a committee hearing. President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, an Ohioan, argued over whether the bills are “an assault on unions.”

Government protests  have flip flopped from Tea Party Movement to Cheese Party Movement..

 

City of Detroit Closing Half Their Schools, Hoping Bankruptcy Judge Doesn’t Negotiate Teacher Pay

February 22, 2011

Lansing— Swift and severe changes are coming to Detroit Public Schools.

State education officials have ordered Robert Bobb, the emergency financial manager, to immediately implement a financial restructuring plan that balances the district’s books by closing half of its schools, swelling high school class sizes to 60 students and consolidating operations.

Bobb also is preparing a list of recommended school closures and Friday said layoff discussions are under way and would be announced closer to April, when notices would be issued. “We are moving forward with the plan,” he said “Right now my focus is on my transition plan and the DEP (deficit elimination plan).”

In the letter, Flanagan said the Michigan Department of Education gave preliminary approval to Bobb’s plan to bring the 74,000-student district out of its financial emergency. As a condition of approval, Flanagan said Bobb cannot declare the district in bankruptcy during the remainder of his contract.

Detroit looking at closing half the public schools. If Bobb declares bankruptcy for the school district, bankruptcy judge negotiations teacher pensions with pennies on the dollars. Wisconsin public employees take note. Belt tightening now coming to public employees.