Sunday, February 27, 2011

Wisconsin Protests (Post #14)

Governor Scott Walker just passed legislation he deemed necessary due to his states budget shortfall. About two weeks before the of piece legislation got to the point of being voted on protests broke out and the state police had to be sent to find fourteen democrat legislators who left the state to stall the vote. Why all the drama over state budget cuts, see below, when they are happening across the nation? The real issue behind all the problems in the state of Wisconsin has to do with public workers unions and their right to collectively bargain in negotiations between employee and employer. Governor Walker is not completely stripping public workers of their rights but is definitely making serious inroads in that direction against long held, uniquely american labor rights. This issue has quickly divided the already partisan public of america into two distinct camps, one supporting union rights, and another who seem to blame some or all of our current state economic problems on unions. What is your opinion in this growing political battle? Do you support the Governor? Do you support the public workers like firefighters, police, and teachers? Are there other ways to meet the universal state budget crunch? Please respect the opinions of others when you blog.

113 comments:

  1. i think the protesters are justified and in the right. the 14 legislators leaving the state is just ridiculous, they left the state and cant just handle the problem at hand. i support the workers for the reasons stated in the 2nd video, the workers agreed to certain cuts, and reductions on things, but this seems to be more about union busting. these are people trying to survive and get by on what they have and the state wants to take more and then even MORE. instead of eliminating funding and things entirely, why not scrape the top off of everything, take a little from a lot of places, not just eliminating a few tiny things entirely which is bound to upset constituents and cause nothing but trouble for the nation.

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  2. I do not support governor Scott Walker. He thinks that reducing the collective bargaining rights between workers and employers will also reduce Wisconsin's budget deficit; but I think that there will be trouble down the road if he did that. If he reduces collective bargaining rights, the public workers who contribute a lot to communities won't be as happy anymore. This could mean that the workers won't do their jobs to the fullest resulting in an unhappy society that will only weaken. Things like American education could worsen because of uhappy and unpassioniate teachers.

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  3. omar delgado sloan per4February 27, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    i agree that the 14 legislators leaving the state to stall as being rediculous. they ned to handle there problems insted of waiting it off. and as for the govt, the desicion to remove collective bargaining is just plain stupid. how will the govt know how to control our wages and hours or any other factors if everyones different. we need this to find a proper balance.

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  4. if i came home from school and decided that i didn't want to do my chores, he would say "ok, your grounded." but if both my brothers, my sister and i went to my dad and said the same thing, he would be forced to raise our allowance or risk working an extra nine hours a week to keep up with all of the chores we wouldn't do. i feel like that's not right. unions aren't an unalienable right, taking them away isn't a crime against nature. i think the governor is justified.

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  5. i dont think that the governor should be allowed to get rid of collecting bargaining, I agree with the second video. Collective bargaining is part of our American rights and we must fight for it. There are other ways to fix the budget problems that do not include taking away labor rights to have union and to fight, cuts could extend slightly into many areas to not affect each one very drastically. Sloan p.3

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  6. Josh Agans, Bauer P.5February 27, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    i agree with the workers. of course they are going to protest since they cant collective bargain. the governor should not be able to have no collective bargaining. the workers need rights and good working conditions. they even agreed to certain cuts! they were at least trying to cooperate. things are already tough for the workers and the governor is just making things even harder. give the people some respect and help them out.

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  7. Obviously the mass protests show that the government of Wisconsin needs to allow people to unionize and have a say in their wages and labor rights. Unions can be a big pain and many times it seems like all they do is bicker with employers and make everything inefficient, but in the long run they are pretty important. This law would erase over 100 years of labor protests and gains by workers.
    Caleb Boyd
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 2

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  8. I do not agree with governor Scott Walker. The idea of eliminating collective bargaining does not sound like it would be a good for many people. As seen in the videos many people are protesting and do not like this idea. Like the man from the second video said if they are successful in taking away collective bargaining then they will want to take it away in other unions. I think the governor should try cutting the budget from another area, instead of collective bargaining.

    Melissa Quezada
    Mr. Bauer
    P.2

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  9. It is important for workers to be able to communicate with the unions and by creating this law it will destroy what workers had worked so hard for.

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  10. I believe that the whole leaving the state to stall was ridiculous but also understanding in a way. Of course they are going to protest a bad idea. The government of Wisconsin should allow people to have a say in their wages

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  11. katey santillan Bauer P1February 28, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    I think the people should be able to unionize so they can argue in wages etc. I'm not exactly sure how far the govenor wants to push the unions, I don't think i caught on, but i think that this would an act of backtracking from where we have come for labor/worker rights.

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  12. Maria Schmidt, Bauer, Per 5February 28, 2011 at 6:00 PM

    The workers definitely have the right to protest on this issue. They have the right to collective bargaining and it would be extremely unjust if that right was taken away now. Taking it away would be so disappointing especially for those in the past that fought so hard for this right. In the 2nd video the former teacher said this would affect people greatly, and not in a good way. I do not support the Governor of Wisconsin.

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  13. It is a difficult job to balance a state's budget in the hopes of improving the deficit. Deciding where the money will be cut is challenging, and to a certain extent Americans need to make sacrifices. Yes, it the cuts may have an impact on unions and labor rights, but the state's debt will not one day magically disappear. Although the government does do quite a lot of spending (some find useful and some do not), it can only do so much to save money. Not all the funding can be cut from education and art programs, sacrifices have to be made elsewhere. However, I do agree that the flight of the 14 legislators was unprofessional and petty.

    Devin Smith, Mr. Bauer, P.1.

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  14. I just don't understand why the Wisconsin governor beieves that this will save his state money. The fact that the workers can work together is the only reason why that they can earn enough money to survive. Without it they would be paid far too little. If they have too litle money, then they will lose real GDP because the aggregate demand will decrease. I think that it is clear that the governor of Wisconsin along with his republican congressmen have lost touch with thier constituents. I also would like to applaud the fight of the Democrats. They were willing to leave their houses to fight for their constituents. I think that it is clear that they are the only elected representatives in their state that actually listen to their constituents.
    Bauer per. 1
    Sloan per. 3

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  15. Cierra Gonsalves, Mr. Bauer, Period 2February 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    In terms of the growing political battle, I believe that there will always be conflicting issues, but it depends on the willingness of officials and how they can take needed steps to solve even the toughest of issues, even when it comes to involving the public. I'm not sure that I agree with the governor if a lot of people are protesting against his ideas and the fact that 14 congress men left their own state to get away from the political turmoil.

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  16. America's economic situation is going down the drains. Sometimes we need to make drastic cuts to help insure our countries survival. However, I don't believe eradicating unions and workers collective bargaining rights is the answer. Now I don't view myself as a huge union lover, but I believe they are necessary to insure that are workers aren't treated like dirt and are able to maintain a decent living. Simply getting rid of bargaining is obviously stirring up individuals, but if this is the lesser of the evils then we have to tighten our belts and struggle forward.
    Marklin Nixon
    Mr. Sloan Period 1

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  17. WHY IS AMERICA SUCH A MESS?
    IT FEELS LIKE THE GOVERNMENT IS BECOMING WACK OR MAYBE IM JUST STARTING TO THINK DIFFERENTLY.I DONT AGREE WITH THIS GOVERNOR. JUST BECAUSE HE A GOVERNOR DONT MEAN HE GOT TO ACT ALL BAD. THEY HAVE TO THINK OF THEIR CITIZENS AND HOW OTHER PEOPLE WOULD FEEL AND REACT TO THEIR PROPOSALS.

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  18. Maria Perez
    Sloan P.4
    I believe that although a state might be going through a crisis, they should not use the unions to improve, the economy, because it is not their fault. I believe that if the workers are going to be used for the economy, then everyone in that state should be in the same spot, and also help the state. I believe that its all or nobody should help the state.

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  19. I believe that budget cuts will continue to be an issue as long as we are in debt, and i think that this governor should suck it up and deal with it, he's not the only one that this is effecting. The cuts that are being made, are effecting the community, those people/jobs are needed, but i feel that they will continue to be cute, until our debt issue is resolved, but on this one i agree with they people.

    Trista Dowdy
    Sloan per.5

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  20. I agree with the state workers. Having state workers in my family i know their views on the state budget crisis. Do we really want teachers, police officers, and fire fighters to go on strike because you don't want to give them a voice. To jepordize your kids learning environment and your safety because you don't want to be fair. Its unbelieveable.

    Richard May
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 4

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  21. No i dont suppoert the governer,he should be thinking about the citizens.Im shure there is other ways to solve this issue.Eliminating collective bargaining is going to effect people.
    The people who are protesting should be heard because they are the ones that are going to get affected by this.The governer needs to get his things together.

    Tania Hinojosa
    Sloan P5

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  22. I don't agree with the Governor or any of his legislation. This is all ridiculous.

    Guadalupe Velasquez
    Sloan, Period 1

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  23. I think it is important for the workers to have unions so they aren't getting taken advantage of by their employers. Workers should be able to have the ability to collectively bargain. Sloan per 1

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  24. dominique jimenez, sloan 5th periodMarch 1, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    I personally believe that the governor is working in our best intest. When he cuts pay from workers he is just trying to benefit the people who don't get paid as much. So basically taking some from others and putting it somewhere else needed. But it is verry important for workers to have unions because they could protest what the think is right and what the deserve in their eyes. It may hurt people, but it is benefitting others basically

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  25. I think democrats and the people are having a real hard time getting there way on things that are going to have real a impact on the country and the government.

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  26. No matter what, battles in politics are always going to occur. I feel like this political battle is common ever since the past. I don't necessarily support him nor do I not support him. He is trying to do what is best for the state, but at the same time, it is hurting the residing citizens. I support the public workers like firefighters, police, and teachers to an extent. There are other ways to meet the universal state budget crunch, and excusing public workers from their jobs, in my opinion, is an easier path to take to meet the budget crunch.

    Chrissy Vue
    Sloan
    Period 3

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  27. While i think that union rights should be protected, these rights are causing massive delays in passing state budgets, so i think that the collective bargaining should have restraints put on it so budgets could get passed. I am unsure whether i agree with either side, but i'm leaning more towards the the unions because the unions need to be able to bargain and at least try to gain the benifits they want.

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  28. Danielle Smith, Sloan P1March 1, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I agree with the workers. They shouldn't have their rights taken away. A lot of the state workers are people we need; I don't think it's wise to push them towards a strike. We need firefighters, teachers, and other state workers. That being said, there will ALWAYS be problems in our government, not everyone is going to agree, and we will never come out of debt. If everyone gave a little and tried to compromise, including union state workers AND the governor, maybe there wouldn't be an issue for either of them.

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  29. 14 representatives leave when people need them most. that is just dandy (sarcasm). the people are right to protest.

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  30. I dont agree with the governer of Wisconsin. people should have the right to collective bargining. its a right that they have and should not be taken away.
    monica salazar
    p4
    mr.slaon

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  31. Michael Freeman per 3 sloanMarch 1, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    I think that It is necessary to make cut backs in order to actual get out of this trouble we have fallen into. But mostly I agree with the workers, they are a major part of are country that should not be pushed in the way they are. If the workers were to go on strike, we would all go down with the ship. In the end, I don't think the smart idea would be to tamper with the workers, they are the foundation.

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  32. While I do not agree with governor Walker's extensive cuts of workers rights, I do believe that in times like these it is imperative for everyone to make some sacrifices. The law would however be extremely unfair, and it would reverse so much work that people have done up until this points for workers rights.

    Kelsea Tiapon:Bauer 4, Sloan 3

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  33. Emily Staab Bauer Per 2:

    I think this situation could go either way. The workers could protest and the employers will meet thier demands. Or the workers can protest, they will get fired, and someone else, who would work for lower wages, would get hired. But I do think that it is important for workers to be able to communicate with unions so they have equal advancement opportunities and also so companies don't take advantage of them.

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  34. i dont agree with the governor. i dont think he should take away collective bargaining for the workers. and i do support the public workers to me they are really important. obviously people are protesting so he should listen to what they want.
    erika oropeza
    mr.sloan
    p.4

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  35. Lucero Cardiel. Mr. Bauer 3rd periodMarch 1, 2011 at 7:48 PM

    I think the labor unions should have the right to collective bargaining. Wisconsin isn't even in the top 10 indebted and their blaming their labor unions to be the cause of their economic difficulty. We in this country should recognize and admire the working force. They contribute to this economy and should not be exploited. I think Wisconsin should think twice on what they're doing.

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  36. Sorry Mr. Sloan, my stupid computer wouldn't play any of the videos. But I don't think that such a big deal should be made of it, because, like it was said, it's happening everywhere. As long as we're not going into another Depression, we should be just fine. Labor unions shouldn't be blamed because they have helped the society by bringing greater income to workers who would otherwise be poor and living on the streets. I think they helped stimulate the economy the most. They are definitely not to blame.

    Melody Morphis
    Mr. Sloan
    per. 1

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  37. I do not agree with governor Scott Walker. Eliminating collective bargaining does not sounds that could for the citizens. By seeing these videos i conclude that the majority of people in the state of Wisconsin are against governor Walker. I think that people should come come in together to have larger crowds of protesters.

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  38. Well budgets do need to be made so really im neutral because we do need to get back the money we lost some how, and why not doit with budget cuts? I can see why people would go "crazy" over something like so but that really does not stop one from gettomg a job.

    Adilene vazquez
    Sloan period onee

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  39. I support Governor Walker. Unions were created to circumvent the exploitation of workers from greedy employers. Today unions are draining tax payers of their hard earned money and supporting Liberal Democrats.

    What are these teachers protesting about? They make $50,000 on average and receive a hefty pension. Meanwhile, employees in the private sector are facing cuts, and you’re not seeing them protesting.

    Democrats should be ashamed. Leaving the state, these pathetic people went into hiding so they wouldn’t have to vote on an emergency budget bill. This says a lot about the Democrat Party of today…
    (Sloan P.3/Bauer P.4)

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  40. Spencer PellandiniMarch 1, 2011 at 8:25 PM

    No one is ever going to be happy with cuts because the cuts affect everyone in some way or another. The union was needed along time ago but in todays world it is corrupt. Everyone says union workers make up the middle class but that is not true they are only like 12% of it today. The states can not pay these extras for the unions anymore.
    Spencer Pellandini
    SLoan P.1

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  41. CECyy :) Mr sloan p.4March 1, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    I do not take sides with the governor. And without unions, workers do nott have those privileges they have like lunch breaks or sick leave. I do support the public workers like police teachers and fire fighters but no one is ever really going to be happy with budget cuts.

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  42. Alejandro Ibarra (Mr. Sloan, P.1)March 1, 2011 at 8:49 PM

    I believe that the gov't is wrong on this one. If they find a solution in taking away the public workers right they are only making matters more difficult. I say they should look else where to balance the budget.

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  43. What Governor Walker is doing is though necessary, I would definitely agree that the way he approach it, is a bit confrontational and pushy.

    Governor Walker's power grab is a shameful display of arrogance. Even if someone agrees with his goals, it is the way he has gone about this is an insult to the Wisconsin legislature in general.

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  44. The state workers should have the right to unions and collective bargaining. I hope the gorvenor does not take away the workers rights because the same policy might happen in California.
    Erica Ayala, Mr. Bauer, Per. 4

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  45. Chelsea Ray, Sloan p1March 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    I dont agree with Governor Scott Walker. The unions should be taken away just because the economy is bad. Workers need to have unions so that their employers dont take advantage of them.

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  46. Chelsea Ray, Sloan p1March 1, 2011 at 8:56 PM

    i meant shouldnt be taken away*

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  47. Unions should be able to negotiate with their employers for better conditions in any aspect of their job that they hope to improve. Unfortunately, during times like these, everyone will be impacted as the government attempts to balance the budget.

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  48. Mr. Bauer Period 4
    I believe the cuts the Govenor is making are a little harsh. i believe unions should continue to have their rights although they do waste tax payers dollars. I believe cuts are nessesary but not to the degree the govenor wants. Wisconsin isn't even in the top ten indebt states.

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  49. I dont agree with Governor Scott walker at all. I think that if the workers feel they need to unionize to get what they need and deserve then they should have every right to do so. Most of these workers work very hard in all that they do and many people that benefit from the things that he is cutting are going to get very hurt and he will leave many very scared and angry at the choices that he has made.

    Steffanie Eisenga
    Sloan
    Per.5

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  50. Obviously the governor is not making the best choice here, he probably did not think much about the opportunity cost.
    vern
    sloan
    p1

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  51. Bottom line workers need to be able to unionize , just like students are able to make club. With gov. Scott in office i dont believe that Wisconsin should be a state.The only thing they happy is cheese, but everyone knows good cheese comes from happy cows. Which these cows arent happy because with the workers not being able to unionize they take their anger out on the cows. Every one knows happy cows come from California. I think this man is still celebrating the super bowl victory of the Green Bay Packers. I take that back i know some drunk guys that have okay ideas.
    Jordan Elzie per 2 sloan

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  52. This guy is so far out of line, i cant beleive a man like this got elected. Collective barganing is the back bone of the working mans rites.If they sucessfully take away collective barganing who knows wat else could be next?
    jake beilby

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  53. I do not agree with the governor Scott Walker on his ways to balance the budget. I beleive that the unions should be able to easily communicate with employees, especcially over bargains. Unions have worked hard to gain those rights, and they should not be limited in order to decrease the deficit. Regarding the fleeing senators, I get why they fleed but I believed that it was not professional of them to take such actions. It just shows that not only do unions and the public disagree with the governor, but senators as well.

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  54. I don't agree with governor Scott Walker he needs to run his state better when they created the budget last year he knew he would have to pay out those benefits they should have been planning for the long run. But rather they made short cuts and that is why many state budgets are the way they are now.

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  55. People have worked hard to gain union rights in order to protect their rights as workers. I believe that the governor should find another way to help the budget or else he will have a lot of angry people on his hands. It was immature and unprofessional for the Democratic legislators to flee at such a crucial time to their state. Avoiding the problem will not solve anything and so a decision should be reached that does not press down upon workers' rights. Bauer/ Sloan

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  56. ricardo villalpandoMarch 1, 2011 at 10:04 PM

    I think that if this were to pass that it really wouldn't be fair to the workers because they didn't get a chance to decide about and the government should just let the people decide because the people are the ones being affected not them

    ricardo villalpando
    pr5
    sloan

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  57. I agree with the governor. Seems to me his state has a budget crisis, as all do. He looked at the problem, decided the union bargaining power was to blame in part, and so took the necessary steps to eliminate the problem with his states budget.
    In order to be rid of the economic distress, you need to go through economic distress. The governor knows this, so he is willing to sacrifice a few benifits so the whole state benefits in the end.

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  58. Unions have the right voice out their opinion to their employers about the working conditions they are in. They have worked way to hard to just not get a say. So no I do not agree with governor Walker.

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  59. I dont think the govenor should be able to take collective bargaining away, even the 2nd video said its part of our country. Its the last bit of rights for the workers. I disagree with him

    Ryan r

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  60. Sergio Maldonado, Sloan p.3/ Bauer p.4March 1, 2011 at 10:55 PM

    Taking away people's rights to protest may not solve the budget problem. However the governor may want to restrict unions from asking for more and more things that require taxes to fund, because if he doesn't then the unions will keep on asking. While this may reduce the budget in the future, states that are severely in debt need a solution that will reduce debt quickly. The Democrats that left the state, while showing that they clearly oppose the decision, also show that they would rather halt government rather than give up some rights.

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  61. amanda eckroth
    per.1
    mr.sloan
    i think it is our right to have collective bargins and the gov shouldnt just make the decision by himeself we all should vote on it. and do what america wants not just the gov

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  62. I think that unions have the right to fight for better working conditions so that their employers dont take advantage of their workers. I dont think the governor was right in what he did.

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  63. Any economic decision is going to get negative feedback from all kinds of directions. The question is ultimately which choice will be the best outcome for the largest group of people. Collective Bargaining is a very important to many citizens, and should not be denied unless its going to solve the real issue. It seems the governer is trying to make some effort in a solution, whereas the Democrats are simply stalling for time. It seems to me they are trying to find a "quick fix" to a problem that has continued to spiral out of control for a decade.

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  64. Emily Geiszler, BauerMarch 1, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    The protestors have the right to do as they wish. The voters who left the state because they didn't want to vote was a little ridiculous. They will have to come back sooner or later. I don't agree with the governor; I agree with the workers. At the same time, unions can't be blamed for nothing, and they can't be blamed for everything either. Everyone should just realize that some things are going to have to get cut if they want their deficit to lessen.

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  65. Steven Reichmuth, Bauer, period 2March 1, 2011 at 11:46 PM

    I support the workers Unions need to have the ability to fight for better working conditions. Without Unions most poeple wouldn't have any healthcare or benefits coming in from their jobs. If the state takes away union power, then they are taking a step backward in the area of workers rights. The only solution to this fixing the universal budget is to bring industry back to this country, all our jobs are being shipped out to places like China and India.

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  66. The people should have a say in the budget cuts. They should help decide what gets cut and what does not get cut. I don’t agree with Governor Scott Walker.

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  67. i do not agree with the governor. collective bargaining should stay and the workers should be able to keep their unions
    asher maroot-sloan p1

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  68. i completely agree with the workers i would protest too if the governor was to do that. the worker should be able to have labor unions. The voters fled for a reason, they knew it would cause an upset. People should be able to choose what gets cut and what doesn't.
    EJ Keller
    Per.4
    Sloan

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  69. I would have to support the unions and workers on this one, especially after the Scott Walker Prank Call incident. While there are very obvious budget problems, that should not strip workers of their right to collective bargaining.

    Brian S.
    Per. 4 Sloan

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  70. I agree with the second video that collective bargaining is a part of our American rights and that we need to fight for it. Also, there are other ways to fix the budget problems that do not necessarily have to take away from labor rights.

    -Ivan Cardenas
    Mr. Sloan, Per. 3

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  71. I support the union worker's side because the govenor is taking the cuts too far and is using the budget as an excuse to get rid of collective bargaining which takes away some of their power. Benefits for the workers have become a major expense in Wisconsin's budget so cuts should be made from that. I believe the govenor should propose smaller cuts but keep collective bargaining to figure out a good plan so each side can benefit in the end.

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  72. I know that my brother lost his job due to a Union, and my mother was set back dramatically due to the same event. I do not know most of the specifics, but I do know a lot.

    California is in trouble.
    We spend to much, because everyone wants everything.

    We can't all have money, and some one will have less money, so that others can have it.

    Caleb Newman

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  73. it is clear that scott walker made a bad choise. unions have had a long battle to gain their rights and it is clear they have the right to be upset. the governors actions regarding budget cuts was not the best. he seems to be using this as a cuverup to put an end to collective bargning. unions are in their right to fight for what they belive in.
    alondra munoz
    sloan p5

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  74. I think people should have the right to protest. I was actually watching the news and they were talking about this. I don't really understand the collevtive bargaining thing but I don't see whats wrong with it.
    Tori Milligan
    Sloan per.3

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  75. I support the wokrers such as teachers,police,and firefighters and i belive they deserve all thier working rights. There is nothing wrong with protesting becasue it is free speech and the gorvernors cuts are way too harsh.

    Clarisa Carrillo
    Per.4
    Sloan

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  76. I think that the governor wants to cut collectve barganaing because he wats an esay way out and better ones to help support the budget.
    Miriam Bejines
    P.5
    Mr.Sloan

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  77. Janeiry Balderas, period 4, Mr.SloanMarch 2, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    I definitely do not agree with the governor though those analyst in the video said that the governor is saying the truth. They do not see the point of view of the public workers, they do not do those jobs and don't live in places that need them. For example our police officers do not need more budget cuts, and cuts on schools are outrageous (mostly when there seems to be favoritism). But i strongly disagree that unions caused the downfall, everything affected the economy.

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  78. Joeylee Maimone, Sloan 4
    I think that having 14 legislators leaving the state is just ridiculous. It's not their job to leave when things go wrong, they are supposed to solve issues not make them worse! And as for working rights, I believe that union members, police/firemen, teachers, ext. deserve their working rights. I don't think that the Governor is doing a good job in this situation at all..

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  79. mallory lemieux mr sloan pd. 4March 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    I definitely do not agree with the governors decesions...labor workers are people that help the nation strive everyday! There shouldn't be cuts to education because this is the time we need education the most...don't cut the things America needs just so the government can save a little money

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  80. kayla rodriguez sloan5March 2, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    the workers should protest since they cant collective bargain. the governor shouldnt be able to have no collective bargaining. the workers must have rights and respectable working conditions. they even agreed to certain cuts and were at least trying to cooperate. things are already tough for the workers and the governor is just making things even harder. they deserve more respect for their labor.

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  81. I don't agree with the governors decisions at all.Making cuts in the most important jobs and areas is ridiculous.They shouldn't blame unions for the wreck the economy is in, its the politicians and the poor decisions the majority of people make.
    Jose Alvarez p4 Sloan

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  82. Yeah, i guess I support the governor. I mean, I have no idea what I would do! But that's why I'm not the governor. So I guess we just gotta have faith and hope that everything turns out alright. If not, oh well, we'll just wait for the next governor to see if he or she does better.
    Sloan
    Period 5

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  83. The governor has no right to cut any labor wages or unions in order to support and fix his budget. It's not the workers' fault that the budget is out if whack, in fact if they worked, their eventual money would help boost the economy. There should be other ways to fix the budget.

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  84. Scott walker should not be supported. personally im on the teacher, police, and firefighters side. i think there is no problem with unions if they are for a good cause. if the working conditions were bad here i would be doing the same thing and i would be pissed off. they should not be taxed also because these are the people we need in society.

    Mr. bauer, p.3

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  85. I think it is important for the workers to communicate with the unions. I also think that it is not the workers fault that the budget is really bad. i agree with Scott there shoulld be ways to fix the budget.

    Jaskiran Kaur
    Mr. Bauer
    Government
    Period 2

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  86. I dont really agree with governer walker because just cutting the collective barganing will not get rid of the debt, its always going to be an isue all over the world.

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  87. I am divided on the issue, i think that public workers deserve better, but the governor's proposals need to be done due to the state of the economy. I think that the protest are a good way for the public workers to fight for their rights; this shows the government that despite econimic troubles, the people should still have a say.

    Omar Hoyos

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  88. I believe that the 14 legislators leaving is by far beyond absurd, and they did this just to stall? Although I do agree with the workers and that what they are doing should be justified! Besides it is the job of the government to solve issues when they are wrong! Not abandon them.

    Brian Leiva
    Mr. Sloan
    Period 5

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  89. I believe that the governor should not punish the workers and unions because the government has made bad decisions in the past and got us into a budget deficit. They should find other ways to find money, or at least make a law that evenly effects everyone in a smaller way.

    Zach Mietz

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  90. i think that the workers are right, they should not have to be forced into anything that is unfair to them. the working class needs to have their rights too. there needs to be budget cuts, but there needs to be a balance. the politicians leaving the state to hide is ridiculous, they need to stand by their decisions, even if they are wrong and their suggestions will be voted against.

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  91. The budget problem can be fixed another way, not by collective Bargaining. I do not agree with the Governor for doing that. It will only make everyone upset as seen and things will get out of hand. People will not want to work anymore which will effect everything.

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  92. All if the workers need to have rights as well as the politicians. I think that the politicians running out of state are cowards and they are just scared about their legislation being voted against. They do not want to have their legislation turned down, so they are trying to buy time by running out of the state. Yeah, there need to be cuts made, but not in this way.

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  93. I think that the workers are correct they do no have to be forced into doing things that are unfair or that is against their will.The working class needs to have their rights too. It is ridiculous how they go by and nothing happens

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  94. I agree with the state workers, they deserve to do the protesting. The Governor and the legislator didn't do the right thing by leaving.
    Economy is really bad and people do something like that.
    Sania Bacha
    Bauer/p.3

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  95. I don't think that whats the Governor want to do is right . collective bargenig should stay and if not let the people decide what best for them selves becaise they'll know what would be good for them.

    richard manzo
    sloan pr5

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  96. I believe it is unfair to the workers because they are being punished for the governments' mistakes. They should protest and declare their rights. The government should find other solution without effecting their workers' lives . -Gevevahna L. Sloan/P2

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  97. If the union workers cannot collectively bargain, then there is little point in even having a union. This governor isn't trying to balance his state's budget he is trying to eliminate unions but unions are very important for working class rights.
    Sloan Per. 3
    Bauer Per. 4

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  98. It is not fair for the workers to be punished because of the budget that they had nothing to do with. Collective bargaining wont be the answer for this issue, but it will be hard to fix this problem while the entire econome is struggling right now. But i believe there are other things to cut that are less important than peoples salaries
    hayley swearingen
    per 4 sloan

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  99. I don't agree with the governor. There are other ways to cut back the deficit instead of taking away from the unions. He's a big boy I'm sure he can figure it out. Maybe cut back on other programs that are repetitive or that do not help the state as much. Unions are here for a reason man, don't get crazy and limit their rights.

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  100. I think it's terrible that the governor is putting the blame on the people by reducing their collective bargaining rights. Instead of putting the blame on the people, they should fix the problems theirselves. That's the reason why they got voted in office.

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  101. I disagree with the governors decision. Workers are not at fault for any of this and should have their own rights. I'm glad that the workers are standing up for what they believe is right. These politicians need to handle their problems rather than to just run from them.

    Victor alvarez
    Sloan p5

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  102. Collective bargaining is a basic right in our democratic society. Although bargaining can often be counter productive it is important. It allows the citizens to change something they believe is not right. It is evident that the governor of Wisconsin wants to break the unions rather than just balance the budget. Having said that, I wonder how this governor was elected in the first place.

    Gabriella Cello
    p.3
    Mr. Sloan

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  103. I don't support the governor, I support the public workers. They shouldn't be stripped of rights because they aren't the cause of the deficit. There is always a way to figure out what to do with the deficit and how to ease the economy out of the recession, but taking away their rights isn't a solution. The governor is basically trying to put the blame on someone else and that's just not right.
    - Kevin Rodgers, Period 2, Sloan

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  104. It is important for workers to keep their rights and their ability to bargain for their wages- however, unions cause a lot of problems and often times act as bullies. getting rid of unions would even the playing field between union and non-union workers, but it is also a serious step toward federal power.

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  105. i agree with bryan. the workers need to keep teir rights and have good working conditions. i am on the side of the side of the workers because they need their working rights and need to be treated correctly. they should not be changing anything with their wages
    Blake Harrison
    Bauer
    Period 3

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  106. I think people have the right to protest about anything they want, so i agree with the workers. I dont think that the governor shouldnt be without any collective bargains. The workers right should not be taken away.
    Jonathan Ramos
    Mr.Bauer
    Per.2

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  107. I agree with Bryan, the best way to go about this is to, instead of cutting entire programs, cut parts from each. That's a fair compromise.

    Sasha Schotzko-Harris
    Bauer 1

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  108. I dont think that its right that the govoner could do that the the people of his state which have that job either to protect us or to be the ones who teach us. The govoner thinks he knows what is best for the people. but all he is doing is hurting them even more

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  109. Katie Frogue; Sloan P1March 10, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    It is important for workers to be able to communicate with the unions and by creating this law it will destroy what workers had worked so hard for.

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  110. i think that unions are important to people. It is not fair for the govenor to take that away and legislative leaving to delay the voting thats their job

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  111. Workers should have the right to form unions so that they can stand up for their rights and having a equal say in the company that they work for.

    Mr. Bauer
    Period 2

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  112. i think the governor should be equal and shouldnt try and take anything away from the people.

    Aniscia Silva
    Sloan
    Per 5

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  113. I do not agree with governor Scott Walker because the idea of eliminating collective bargaining does not sound like it would be a good idea for many people. As seen in the videos many people are protesting and do not like this idea. Like the man from the second video said if they are successful in taking away collective bargaining then they will want to take it away in other unions. I think the governor should try cutting the budget from another area, instead of collective bargaining.
    Stephanie A
    Mr. Sloan
    Per. 4

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