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Introduction to Labor Studies at University of Missouri

My bud, Kelleigh put me on the trail to these!   ~LTG

 My name is Philip Christofanelli. I was a student in the University of Missouri’s “Introduction to Labor Studies course The class was taught simultaneously by Professor Don Giljum of University of Missouri-Saint Louis (UMSL) and Professor Judy Ancel of University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) through the use of a live video feed that linked the two classrooms. The class met every other Saturday for seven hours, including breaks. All of the classes were recorded and put on the class website.     

Shortly after the University of Missouri St Louis issued a statement whitewashing the intimidation tactics and anti-business course instruction of Don Giljum and Judy Ancel, BigGovernment.com  published an excellent  first-person account by Phillip Christofanelli, a student who took the Labor Studies courses at the University of Missouri St Louis. 

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Activist Judge Blocks Wisconsin's New Union Law

Liberal activist judges across America are misusing their power to block laws and voters’ initiatives (e.g., California’s anti-gay marriage Prop. 8) which they don’t like. The latest is a Wisconsin judge who just issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect.
~Steve & Eowyn

Jason Smathers of the AP reports:
MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin judge issued a temporary restraining order Friday blocking the state’s new and contentious collective bargaining law from taking effect, a measure that drew tens of thousands of protesters to the state Capitol and sent some Democrats fleeing to Illinois in an attempt to block a vote on it.
The judge’s order is a major setback for new Republican Gov. Scott Walker and puts the future of the law in question.
Dane County Judge Maryann Sumi issued the order, which was requested by that county’s District Attorney Ismael Ozanne, a Democrat. Ozanne filed a lawsuit contending that a legislative committee that broke a stalemate that had kept the law in limbo for weeks met without the 24-hour notice required by Wisconsin’s open meetings law. The Republican-controlled Legislature passed the measure and Walker signed it last week.
Secretary of State Doug La Follette planned to publish the law on March 25, but the judge’s order will prevent that from happening, at least for now.
Assistant Attorney General Steven Means said the state will appeal the ruling, but he didn’t say when. Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie said in a statement that the governor was confident the bill would become law in the near future. “This legislation is still working through the legal process,” Werwie said.
A spokesman for Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald declined to comment, citing the ongoing legal fight.
Democrats were hopeful the ruling would lead to the undoing of the law. “I would hope the Republicans would take this as an opportunity to sit down with Democrats and negotiate a proposal we could all get behind,” said Democratic Sen. Jon Erpenbach, of the 14 senators who stayed in Illinois for three weeks in an attempt to stop the bill from passing.
The bill was part of Walker’s solution for plugging a $137 million state budget shortfall. A part of the measure would require state workers to increase their health insurance and pension contributions to save the state $30 million by July 1. Other parts of Walker’s original proposal to address the budget shortfall were removed before the bill passed last week. The Legislature planned to take those up later. Lawmakers are not scheduled to be in session again until April 5.
People opposed to the law converged on the state Capitol over the past month with massive demonstrations that went on for more than three weeks.

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Big Labor Strategy – Opposition Is Racist

Two days ago the AP published a very telling story outlining the Big Labor strategy to buck the trend for state governments to stand up and say NO.  They are reframing the debate and tying it to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. “The planned rallies on the 43rd anniversary of King’s death are part of a coordinated strategy by labor leaders to ride the momentum of pro-union demonstrations and national polls showing most Americans support collective bargaining rights as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other GOP leaders in states fight to reduce or strip those benefits.”

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Wisconsin – What Really Happened?

We’ve ceded our power to unions
By Patrick McIlheran   3/09/2011
Frank Zeidler, former mayor of Milwaukee, unstinting ally of labor and by then doing work for AFSCME, wrote 42 years ago that government unions change democracy.
The rise of government unions, he wrote, created “what amounts to a two-chamber local government” – elected officials in one and unions as the other, with taxes and budgets requiring the consent of both. This curtailed the sovereignty of the governments that voters chose, he wrote: “This is a revolutionary principle rather quietly at work in American government.” Continue reading

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