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Civil rights?

"In 30 minutes, 18 state senators undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin. Their disrespect for the people of Wisconsin and their rights is an outrage that will never be forgotten," said Democratic Senate Minority Leader Mark Miller. "Tonight, 18 Senate Republicans conspired to take government away from the people.

How did they undo civil rights?
And wouldn't running and refusing to do your elected obligation to vote more along the lines of taking government away from the people?

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Carpy

Asked by Carpy at 8:04 AM on Mar. 10, 2011 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They did their jobs. They voted because they were asked to vote. Holding the state hostage by not voting to me is more damaging.
    gemgem

    Answer by gemgem at 8:07 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • I've always said that once entitlement programs are on the books, they never get removed. I see these Union benies as entitlement programs.And history has shown ( Greece ) that when the programs are removed, the people lose their minds honestly believing that something is being taken away from them that was " always theirs".
    What they are losing, was not nor was it ever a right. And it was certainly never " theirs"
    time to bust up the unions, and get refunds on the " gimmee's "
    Wisconsin is RED
    jewjewbee

    Answer by jewjewbee at 8:10 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • Human rights, definitely were trampled on. It is a worldwide acknowledged human right to collective bargain International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work defines the "freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining" as an essential right of workers.[4] In the U.S. that right is eroding, especially in the private sector. Local governments are finding it easy to run roughshod over collective bargaining rights. But there will be a backlash when the numbers of people willing to become teachers and eventually those who work in other public sector jobs, continues to drop year by year.

    adnilm

    Answer by adnilm at 8:16 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • Like Ronald Reagan , many believe its a right
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:24 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • Only 26 states have laws that allow collective-bargaining rights to basically all public employees. Twelve have laws that give collective bargaining to some workers, and twelve have no statewide collective bargaining law at all. most federal employees have collective bargaining, but wages and benefits are NOT included in the bargaining, rendering it very limited. Obama has sought to impose a two-year wage freeze on federal workers through the budget process. If the federal government had a bargaining law like the one Wisconsin has today, he would be unable to do that.

    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 8:29 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • International Labour Organization's Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work defines the "freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining" as an essential right of workers.[4] In the U.S. that right is eroding, especially in the private sector.

    Since when is the opinion of the ILO a mandate on the laws of the US?
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 8:30 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • If every person who worked enjoyed the privilege of collective bargaining, I could understand the thought that it is a right of the workers. BUT when only a select few enjoy the protection and benefit's of collective bargaining it is a privilege and like any other privilege we enjoy can be lost, take away or withheld at any time.


    The right to assemble is being protected, the right to voice an opinion about what the government is doing is being protected, the right for a select few to get some special perk of employmentnot protected. The people of WI elected someone who promised to balance that states budget and that is what he is attempting to do. Another case of "go ahead cut EVERYTHING but my programs"

    emptynstr

    Answer by emptynstr at 8:45 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • All of you Union haters should take a look at what the rights of workers were before collective bargaining. Check out a little history before jumping on the bandwagon.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:09 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • the right for a select few to get some special perk of employmentnot protected.
    _____________________
    This is not the right. The right is to form a group of the workers and have a say in safety issues, hours worked, hiring and firing, and seniority/ benefits issue. Essentially they want to take away the rights of people to form a group. That IS a right. Being in a union does not mean you get everything you want, breaking the poor company's back. Being in a union means that you have an advocate in work issues.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 9:13 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

  • All of you Union haters should take a look at what the rights of workers were before collective bargaining. Check out a little history before jumping on the bandwagon.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2

    We know the history of the unions. Nobody has said they did not have a cause in the beginning. But they have outlived their usefullness and become a burden to companies and taxpayers. Laws to protect workers are now in place. The union is nothing more than a greed machine now.
    Carpy

    Comment by Carpy (original poster) at 9:23 AM on Mar. 10, 2011

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