Union Busting Is Disgusting

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Here is a cheerful sight: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s speech yesterday at the Union Club in Chicago being interrupted by the Chicago Teachers Union and Stand Up! Chicago:

Here is the text of their statement:

It’s an outrage and a shame that we sit here at this fancy breakfast to listen to someone who has wreaked havoc on the lives of working families. Governor Walker has vilified unions and insulted the 99 percent who depend on living wages and adequate benefits to support their families while on the payroll of the right-wing billionaire Koch brothers.

It is not so different from our own state where corporations and bought-off politicians clamor to find ways to grant a $100 million tax break to the Mercantile Exchange, one of the most profitable companies in the state, while social services are being slashed, while workers’ pensions are being threatened and homelessness, poverty and joblessness continue to rise. The CME has already taken $15 million of our TIF dollars. That’s our tax money that would have gone to help students in the Chicago Public Schools.

It is ironic that we give Governor Walker free rein to say what he wants while the Mayor has ordered the arrest of over 300 people in Occupy Chicago who have simply tried to express their rights to freedom of assembly. The bottom line is that Governor Walker is out of touch with America, and working people will not honor anyone seeking to undermine our lives for the benefit of the 1 percent.

It’s wonderful, the condescending, ineffective way the Lackeys (to the Corporate Ogre) attempt to poo-poo the speakers and stop the video taping of the proceedings, as if to say, “O.K. kids you’ve made your point.” But they haven’t made their point until they are done saying what they have to say. It’s a brilliant action because by having so many people speaking at the same time, the Lackeys (to the Corporate Ogre) are sent scrambling to stifle them. And they can’t. So inspiring.