Not satisfied with pissing off most of the population of Wisconsin, the leaders of the state's labor organizations are now planning to put on their big boy pants and ratchet public indignation up a few more notches by starting a general strike. From Weasel Zippers:
MADISON, Wis. — If Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators pass a union bill that restricts collective bargaining rights, some labor groups in Madison said they would endorse the entire of a general strike of unions around Wisconsin.Sorry to bust your bubble, Carl, but that's not how it works. The people doing the work are paid to do the work; the people who pay to have the work done are the ones who call the shots. The rest of the country gets it, why don't the unions?
The South Central Federation of Labor endorsed the idea of a strike at its meeting on Monday night, but they didn’t “call” for a strike, since members said they don’t have the power to do so. However, members of the group said they now start needing to educate the public about the possibility, to explain why they feel this may be needed.
“We’ve set up a committee to set up the education process. We’ll be working with other labor bodies, and church groups,” said Carl Aniel, AFSCME Labor Federation delegate. “This action is designed to put control back in the hands of people doing all this work.”