Tea Party To Rally For Anti-Union Legislation
Tea Partiers will have something to do Saturday as they come out to protest against unions.
Drew Ryun, president of American Majority Action, one of the conservative groups planning the demonstration, said organizers were “meeting fire with fire.”
“We have buses coming in from all over the state,” Ryun said of what was dubbed the “I Stand With Scott Walker” rally. “We see this as the opening salvo of the 2012 election season. The Tea Party movement facing off against the unions. And we like the odds.”
Walker on Friday ruled out a compromise proposed by a key union to retain collective bargaining rights in exchange for public workers accepting benefit cuts.
Here’s what the bill would do:
1) Eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public workers. So while unions still could represent those workers, they would not be able to seek pay increases above those pegged to the Consumer Price Index unless approved by a public referendum.
2) Unions also could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized.
3) Local police, firefighters and state troopers would retain their collective bargaining rights.
4) Public workers would have to pay half the costs of their pensions and at least 12.6 percent of their health care coverage.Click here for reuse options!
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