Recall the Wisconsin 8
March 10, 2011 Leave a comment
For those who’ve been following it, the situation in Wisconsin reached a new stage last night, with the “Ash Wednesday Ambush” from Republicans passing a law suspending collective bargaining rights in dubiously legal circumstances. From Firedoglake:
the Wisconsin State Senate rushed through and passed a bill that strips collective bargaining rights from most public employees. The vote in the State Senate, entirely composed of Republicans, was 18-1; only moderate Dale Schultz voted no. The budget repair bill was split at the last minute, cleaving the “non-fiscal” anti-union piece from the fiscal components of the bill. The non-fiscal piece did not require a quorum, so the Senate was able to pass it.
I’m sure the protests in Madison will be huge, and there’s things those of us outside the country (or outside in the US entirely) can do to show support. Governor Walker is not eligible for recall until January next year, but already efforts are underway to recall the 8 Republicans eligible for it. If you’re in Wisconsin obviously you should visit the staging stations set up for the recall effort, but even if you’re not, please donate to support. This is looking to be a crucial battle for worker’s rights, so spread, disseminate.
The Wisconsin Democrats have, unlike their national counterparts, shown solidarity with their base and deserve the support. As E.J Dionne points out at the Washington Post, Washington could learn from Wisconsin.
Lastly, at Global Comment Erik makes the compelling case for a general strike. Labour in the US has very little to lose at this point, with dodgy laws being passed against the clear will of the people.