Apparently, after a nearly three day debate the abruptly opted to take roll and vote, at about 1:00 am the Wisconsin assembly passed the controversial bill which will cut pensions and strip workers of their collective bargaining rights. Republicans reportedly walked out quickly in silence as protesters shouted “SHAME! SHAME! SHAME!…”
It’s not over…yet, as the bill still has to make it through the senate but with fleeing democratic senators being grossly outnumbered, one can only wonder how long they can keep from returning to work where the bill would inevitably be passed…the only way out of this would be if the senators could somehow get Governor Walker to publicly agree to negotiate before returning….which, at this point, seems highly unlikely.
So, what does it all mean?? If this bill passes, as goes Wisconsin, so goes the nation. Get ready for rising costs and decreasing representation nation wide which could ultimately mean the end of the American workplace as we now know it. Unions have been extremely instrumental in getting things such as minimum wage increases, airing specific grievances for workers, and organizing democrats in order to elect certain officials whom will work in the interest of the workers (usually, other democrats). In a nutshell, this means the decision for the American worker would be made at the top with little to no input or regard for the American workers themselves.
I guess we’ll see how this all plays out but if union rights is an issue that is important to you, remember one thing.