As Wisconsin Protests Continue, Obama Sides With Workers

In avideo posted by local Wisconsin radio station WTMJ, President Obama firmly sided with striking public-sector workers in Wisconsin who are protesting the heinous proposal from the Governor's office to strip their collective bargaining rights. Today, as the first votes on this proposal were scheduled, another march of tens of thousands of employees was planned--and schools were again closed as teachers called in sick en masse to lobby.

While the President acknowledged that pay-freezes and adjustments were necessary to avoid layoffs, he said:

Some of what I've heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you're just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally seems like more of an assault on unions. And I think it's very important for us to understand that public employees, they're our neighbors, they're our friends. These are folks who are teachers and they're firefighters and they're social workers and they're police officers.
"They make a lot of sacrifices and make a big contribution. And I think it's important not to vilify them or to suggest that somehow all these budget problems are due to public employees."

So many Read an update on the protests at the New York Times.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at February 17, 2011, 4:28am

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