Despite the fact that Wisconsin Governor walker is certain to sign the union-busting bill now that it has been passed by both houses of the legislature, all is not lost.
First and most importantly, people now know what this fight is about. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has mentioned publicly that this was about hurting President Obama’s chances of being reelected.
Second, according to FireDogLake, the efforts to recall the GOP Wisconsin State Senators are progressing ahead of schedule. The fact that the bill is about to be signed by the Governor will only speed up the efforts as well as sway the upcoming Supreme Court election behind the Democrats. The Dems would also stand to gain influence with successful recall campaigns against the Republican Eight. If all are replaced, the Democrats would have a 2/3 majority in the Senate.
Third, passing the bill did not make Scott Walker’s legal troubles go away. Much the opposite, new legal measures will now be taken against the Senate Republicans in addition to Walker for their illegal handling of the Joint Conference Committee meeting prior to Wednesday evening’s Senate vote. In fact, the Democrats have filed a complaint arguing that the Joint Conference Committee broke Wisconsin’s Open Meetings Law. According to the Madison Capitol Times, so have Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Dane County Executive Kathleen Falk and the Wisconsin State Employees Union Executive Director Marty Beil. Assemblyman Peter Barca also charged that
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, and Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald, R-Horicon, violated Senate rules in moving the controversial measure quickly through the legislative process,
again according to the Madison Capitol Times. The unions are also filing a complaint for contempt of court due to the restricted access to the Capitol Thursday during the Assembly vote on the bill. The Governor is still facing heavy fines and jail time for ethical violations in his efforts to pass the bill at all cost.
Finally, the people are now organized! There will be GIGANTIC protests in Madison on Saturday! Click on the Wisconsin AFSCME site for a bus schedule to the event. There will also be continued rallies throughout the state and there are rumblings about the possibility of a general strike. This is a waiting game, but the more pressure we put on the Republicans, the sooner we can get them out of office. Keep up the great work! The SEIU Wisconsin website has full details of upcoming events, but here is a list of cities where they will be held:
Friday, 11 March, 2011
Eau Claire (every work day)
Walk from Milwaukee to Madison
Saturday, 12 March, 2011
Sunday, 13 March, 2011
Monday, 14 March, 2011
Tuesday, 15 March, 2011
Thursday, 17 March, 2011