President Obama Supports Unions And Teachers!

At an event in Decorah, Iowa on Monday, President Obama gave an impassioned defense of unions in our country in response to a question from a former school teacher. He also talked of the importance of revering teachers, who have been getting assaulted by the right, with the help of the media, for way too long. It’s a long answer from the President, but well worth reading. Take it away Mr. President…(emphasis mine)

Okay. The woman with the hat. She’s been waving that hat around. (Laughter.) See, you got to have a hat. That’s a huge advantage in terms of getting called on.

Q Hi, my name is Bev Kromgezmi (ph), and I actually used to teach school in the district in which Seed Savers is located. And we have a number of students, former students here, that I taught.

THE PRESIDENT: How was she? Was she a good teacher? (Applause.) You got thumbs up.

Q What can I say?

THE PRESIDENT: What did you teach?

Q High school social studies.

THE PRESIDENT: Well, that’s important stuff.

Q Many unions, especially public sector unions, helped you get elected in 2008. Those public sector unions and their members gained their salaries and benefits through collective bargaining. Recently, those benefits have been under attack. And I realize that this is a state issue mostly, but what can you do to help support collective bargaining in the states and, most of all, support the public sector unions, the middle class, many of whom are union members? Thank you. (Applause.)

THE PRESIDENT: Well, first of all, let’s make one thing clear. The right of workers to come together and join a union is part of what built America’s middle class. It’s the reason why we’ve got a minimum wage. (Applause.) It’s the reason why folks have weekends. It’s the reason why you have basic protections on the job from an abusive employer.

There are a whole range of things that people take for granted, even if they’re not in a union, that they wouldn’t have had if it had not been for collective bargaining. (Applause.) So I think it is very important, whether you are in a union or not — and I speak particularly to young people,because you’ve grown up at a time when in a lot of circles “union” somehow is a dirty word — to understand all this is is people joining together so they’ve got a little more leverage; so they’ve got better working conditions, better wages; they can better support their family.

And a lot of us entered into the middle class because our parent or a grandparent was in a union. Remember that. (Applause.) When I hear this kind of anti-union rhetoric and anti-union assaults, I’m thinking these folks have amnesia. They don’t remember that that helped build our middle class and strengthen our economy.

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Join A Union!

I love this story and hope more of it happens. I want to see a resurgence of unions, we need them now more than ever.

Wisconsin’s workers haven’t only fought back with protests and recall efforts. Since Scott Walker began his attack on Wisconsin’s public employees, faculty at three University of Wisconsin campuses have voted to join the American Federation of Teachers (AFT).

Reagan Said “Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost!”

I never thought I’d miss President Reagan. Compared to current Republicans, he was a moderate. But I’m not telling you all anything you don’t already know. Enjoy this blast from the past where Ronnie shows his support for unions as an American institution. It should be pumped from loud speakers at these rallies, over and over and over. We should stand in front of Republican legislatures homes with giant boom boxes blaring out this Ronald Reagan clip.

Huge Hat Tip to Joshua Green at The Atlantic.

President Obama Continues To Show Support For Public Employee Unions!

I know this is all over the internet, but I felt I must post it as well. It sure is nice to have an adult as President of the United States. It’s just too bad almost everyone else in our federal government acts like adolescents.

And if you haven’t seen this awesome sound bite from Wally Pfister, the Oscar winning cinematographer for the film Inception, go watch it now. Sorry I can’t find the Youtube clip and there is a commercial that leads into this clip.

Big Lies In Little Wisconsin – Taxpayers Contribute ZERO, Zilch, Nada To Public Employee Pensions!

I just read this article over at Forbes about the big freakin lie that Governor Scott Walker and the “librul” media, cough, spit, choke have been pushing. It has even inspired commercials and campaigns all based on that lie. Here are some details from Rick Ungar at Forbes, with help from tax.com…

Pulitzer Prize winning tax reporter, David Cay Johnston, has written a brilliant piece for tax.com exposing the truth about who really pays for the pension and benefits for public employees in Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker says he wants state workers covered by collective bargaining agreements to “contribute more” to their pension and health insurance plans. Accepting Gov. Walker’ s assertions as fact, and failing to check, creates the impression that somehow the workers are getting something extra, a gift from taxpayers. They are not. Out of every dollar that funds Wisconsin’ s pension and health insurance plans for state workers, 100 cents comes from the state workers.

Via tax.com

Got that, all the bullshit about “contributing more” to their pensions is a big lie. They already contribute 100% to their own pensions, taxpayers have nothing to do with it. Now as Rick Ungar put in his piece, if you want to call it a pay cut, go ahead, but misleading the public into thinking that taxpayers are paying for the workers pensions has to stop. The lie has been exposed and Bob Cesca said it best at his Awesome Blog! Go!…

The apologies and corrections are forthcoming in 5… 4… 3…

No?

Protests In Lansing, Michigan Over Governor Snyder’s Union Busting!

Check out these signs sent from some family members and fellow NEA/MEA members minutes ago from Lansing, Michigan where they are protesting similar cuts as Wisconsin’s wingnut Republican governor. Democracy in action. And of course because a lot of them are teachers, the signs are even spelled right. Enjoy…I’m sure there will be more.

Is Governor Scott “No-bid” Walker Really Into Sex Parties?

I’m waiting for the pictures of Scottie and his Wackenhut buddies who like to have parties like the ones shown below. In case you missed this story,  Governor Walker, when he was Milwaukee County Executive fired the unionized security at the county courthouse and hired this British company. No shit, he didn’t even hire a company from his own state or country. A little background from Think Progress…

The last time Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) went after public sector unions it had “disastrous results” for him and for taxpayers. As Milwaukee County Executive in 2009, Walker tried to get rid of the unionized security guards at the county courthouse and replace them with contractors, which he promised would save the county money. The County Board rejected the idea, but in March of 2010 Walker “unilaterally ordered it,” claiming there was a budget emergency. Walker hired the British security contractor Wackenhut — of Kabul Embassy sex scandal fame — to replace the guards. Unfortunately for Walker and Milwaukee taxpayers, an arbiter later ruled that Walker had overstepped his authority, and ordered the county to reinstate the unionized workers, pay backwages, and pay tens of thousands of dollars in arbiter fees.

Wackenhut came into the American public view in a rather controversial way, wouldn’t you say. They were the contractors in Afghanistan who like to party like frat boys and rugby players, apparently. The photos really say it all, don’t they.

Party animals, those Wackenhut employees. Woooo hoooo, let’s go party with Scott Walker in Wisconsin. Someone has to have photos of Scott with his British buddies, come on people, haven’t you ever heard of Photoshop?