The Wisconsin State Journal says major union officials in Wisconsin showed up
Friday to offer concessions. The Revvvv-rund Jesse Jackson came for some camera face time as well (as he generally gets nada these days). Also very interesting below, see a quote from FDR about public sector employees and collective bargaining, and a link to all the Wisconsin salaries that will make your head explode. Conservative Herman Cain is in Madison, along bloggers Andrew Breitbart and Jim Hoft. See Jesse in the video below, thanks to Protein Wisdom where you’ll find more commentary.
UPDATE: Fox is reporting the pro-Walker rally has begun, as Tea Parties come to stand with Governor Scott Walker – and some union members as well. Also the report that Assembly Leader Jeff Fitzgerald says there will be “no concessions”, and says his bill will pass.
Top leaders of two of Wisconsin’s largest public employee unions announced they are willing to accept the financial concessions called for in Walker’s plan, but will not accept the loss of collective bargaining rights.
Mary Bell, president of the Wisconsin Education Association Council, and Marty Beil, executive director of AFSCME Council 24, said in a conference call with reporters that workers will do their fair share to narrow Wisconsin’s budget gap.
Walker’s plan calls for nearly all state, local and school employees to pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care premiums. That would save $30 million by June 30 and $300 million over the next two years, the governor has said.
The measure also would prohibit most unionized public employees, except local police and fire fighters and the State Patrol, from bargaining on issues besides wages. Wage hikes could be negotiated only if they don’t exceed the consumer price index.
“The process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service,” Roosevelt wrote in 1937 to the National Federation of Federal Employees. Yes, public workers may demand fair treatment, wrote Roosevelt. But, he wrote, “I want to emphasize my conviction that militant tactics have no place” in the public sector. “A strike of public employees manifests nothing less than an intent on their part to prevent or obstruct the operations of Government.”
“Fifty-nine million Americans don’t have no health insurance”
~ The Rev. Jesse Jackson
They don’t have “no” health insurance, and Jesse is in Wisconsin to do something about it, but he won’t be talking about these salaries and benefits now troubling Conservatives in Wisconsin, thanks to The Other McCain. There are 859 positions on the list, and if correct, totaling $98 million annually, with employees receiving an average of $114,000 per year. Read that FDR quote again before you leave.