Category Archives: Public Unions

Wisconsin – It’s Working

If you were one of the people that joined in the media driven hysteria surrounding Scott Walker’s Budget Reform bill and predicted the end of civilization as we know it, please take a moment to watch the following video produced … Continue reading

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The Walkerization of Chicago

Lost amid the press reports surrounding the national debt ceiling debate and Minnesota’s state government shutdown is the story of one midwest politician’s heavy handed approach to balance his budget at the expense of union workers, laying off over 600 … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Update: School District Thrives Under Walker Law

Remember way back in February when Wisconsin held the collective attention of the nation with its unfolding drama surrounding an “anti-union” bill? A bill so terrible, we were told, that Democrat senators had to flee the state? Of course, we … Continue reading

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Public Pensions Pressure Local Governments

The Wall Street Journal has an excellent piece discussing the on-going budgetary problems facing America’s cities and municipalities and their cause: While the national media has focused on state budget face-offs between government unions and governors such as Wisconsin’s Scott … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Lawmakers Bite The Hand That Fed Them

The latest victims of Scott Walker’s vicious mind control rays appear to be the overwhelmingly Democratic (128-32 for those scoring at home) Massachusetts House of Representatives. House lawmakers voted overwhelmingly last night to strip police officers, teachers, and other municipal … Continue reading

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The Walkerization of California

Even California has had enough. Voters appear ready to embrace changes not just for future hires but also for current employees who have been promised the benefits under contract. Seventy percent of respondents said they supported a cap on pensions … Continue reading

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After vote canvassing David Prosser officialy wins Wisconsin SC race

That sound you hear is the public sector union gravy train going off the rails.  State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a heated election that drew national attention because of … Continue reading

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Breaking News: Reporting Error Shorted Prosser 7500 votes – Prosser Now Ahead

In an unexpected twist, a reporting error that cost Judge David Prosser 7,500 votes in Tuesday’s election for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has been corrected, placing the incumbent safely ahead of challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in … Continue reading

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Ohio Passes Bill Limiting Collective Bargaining For Public Sector Unions

Over the past few months Wisconsin has been the eye of the storm when it comes to states (finally) coming to their senses with respect to public unions and the effect that collective bargaining process has had on state budgets. … Continue reading

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Update on Wisconsin death threats and a few words from the Wisconsin DOJ

It appears a 26 year old Wisconsin teacher has been charged with making death threats to Wisconsin GOP lawmakers. Katherine R. Windels of Cross Plains was named in a criminal complaint filed in Dane County Criminal Court. According to the criminal … Continue reading

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The New York Times – When One Side Is All You Need

2. Companywide, our goal is to cover the news impartially and to treat readers, news sources, advertisers and all parts of our society fairly and openly, and to be seen as doing so. The reputation of our company rests upon … Continue reading

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Wisconsin – Public Union Reform Bill Published

In a surprising turn of events it appears that the Wisconsin legislature’s measures to control public sector union bargaining rights may go into effect after all. The drama over Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial measure limiting public sector collective bargaining took … Continue reading

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Review: Waiting for Superman

After discovering Waiting for Superman through a few articles on education, I posted the trailer here at OB&B. Shortly thereafter, I was pleased to find Waiting for Superman at a local RedBox and promptly rented it. Having viewed it multiple … Continue reading

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Scott Walker in the WaPo

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has an excellent OpEd in the Washington Post today pointing out something that should be obvious to anyone paying attention to the reform bill in Wisconsin.  Which is, even after the reform bill has been signed, … Continue reading

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If You Can’t Pass Education Reform – Thank a Union

Back before everyone was up in arms about public unions, in 2009, The Atlantic covered a report from The Citizens Commission on Civil Rights and education reform that bears repeating: Much of the criticism of teachers’ unions has come from … Continue reading

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Progressives Targeting Senators

Amazingly enough, the progressives at Daily Kos seem to think the Senators who are currently not in contempt of the law are the politicians who need to be served with a recall election, costing Wisconsin even more money, btw: “Targeted?” … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Democrats to Return

The Washington Post is reporting the democratic Senators from Wisconsin plan to return: The State Senate Democrats who left Wisconsin to block a vote on a bill that would severely curb collective bargaining for most public employees are planning to … Continue reading

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How Public Unions Exploit Teachers

Not only do public unions create a conflict of interest for government and the public, but also between themselves and their members: In July 2007, angry teachers filed suit against the National Education Association for its shady endorsement of a … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day – Reagan on Public Unions

“But we cannot compare labor management relations in the private sector with government. Government cannot close down the assembly line. It has to provide, without interruption, the protective services which are governments’ reason for being.” Ronald Reagan, 1981

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How Public Unions Hurt Children

One of the more problematic aspects of public unions that has been discussed at OB&B is teachers unions protecting bad teachers. While this is troubling enough, there is an even worse consequence – protecting pedophiles: School’s culture failed to stop … Continue reading

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Education in the Balance

The crisis in education has gotten to the point that Al Gore’s documentary partner has made a film on the subject: Even this trailer leaves me speechless. The Capitol Squatters in Madison should be proud to be supporting such a … Continue reading

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Public Union Scrutiny Growing

It may seem the discussion on public unions cropped up recently due to the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, but the issue of public unions have been an ongoing discussion for quite some time, mainly due to the consequences of the … Continue reading

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Public Sector Compensation Exposed

Yesterday I reported on a study from the Economic Policy Institute, a union supported organization, that claimed public workers in Minnesota were under-compensated in comparison to private sector workers, and I stated I found the methodology flawed. As it turns … Continue reading

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The Truth About Public Employee Compensation Revisited

Yesterday, the Economic Policy Institute, who is supported by labor unions, released a new study designed to show how Minnesota’s public employees are underpaid in comparison to the private sector: To assess whether Minnesota public employees are overpaid, we need … Continue reading

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Wisconsin Senate Gets Tougher

The Star Tribune is reporting that Wisconsin Senators have passed a resolution designed to force the missing democrats back to Wisconsin: The Wisconsin Senate has passed a resolution calling for police to take 14 Democrats into custody for contempt after … Continue reading

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