rickrick91: ...all Americans nationwide - SIDE WITH THE UNIONS AND DISAPPROVE OF WHAT WALKER AND THE REPUBS HAVE DONE.
Ramming through legislation that a clear majority of Americans disapprove of - ALWAYS has negative electoral consequences....
jockfever: Statists are opposed to ramming through legislation that a clear majority of Americans disapprove of? Like the failed porkulous bill? ...Tax increases during a recession?...Obamacare?
Before you claim to speak for the American people perhaps you should check the news, e.g., from Idaho, Michigan, Nevada...
The Idaho state legislature passed a bill into law Tuesday that will restrict the rights of the state's public school teachers. Yahoo! News reports, via Reuters, that the Idaho law will restrict collective bargaining rights similar to laws that are being pushed in Wisconsin, Michigan and many other states.
The law will eliminate many union-implemented rights such as teacher tenure and reduces the length of teacher labor contracts to one year. The law also removes seniority as an overriding factor in considering layoffs. The law is the first to be passed among the many states working to push through new collective bargaining rules and to weaken the unions.
Michigan Will Be Next to Pass Law
Michigan's state legislature has not faced the attention Wisconsin has but it is about to pass a law that is just as sweeping as the Wisconsin and Idaho laws. Michigan's bill, which is expected to pass next week, will give Michigan emergency financial managers the power to suspend collective bargaining for the next five years.
The bill was pushed through by Michigan's new Republican Gov. Rick Snyder and has met with surprisingly
little resistance in such a pro-union state. The last protest in Michigan saw fewer than 300 protesters, one of the smallest protests in any state.
Nevada Also Wrestles With Curtailing Teacher Union Power
The Nevada state legislature also was given all but a green light to pass a similar law when it witnessed a minor turnout of more than 100 protesters on Feb. 28. According to the North Lake Tahoe Bonanza, more than 100 protesters visited the state legislature.
Brian Sandoval, another newly elected Republican governor, has opened discussions on passing similar laws that will curb collective bargaining. Sandoval has not been on the best of terms with the teachers union since they excluded him from consideration for an endorsement in December 2009, according to a story published by the Las Vegas Sun.