In Madison, Presidents Day was day No. 6 of protests against Gov. Scott Walker’s (R) union-busting legislation.
And that’s exactly what it is. State workers have already agreed to make whatever financial concessions the governor’s seeking. What they will not accept is the governor’s added demand that they give up their constitutional right to collective bargaining.
Nor should they. Unions fought hard for that privilege, starting in Wisconsin, 75 years ago. It’s the only protection middle-class Americans now have. Nobody else is there to protect them, unless they’re able to organize and fight for themselves and their families.
Yes, it’s impressive to see the tens of thousands of workers who have shown up in Madison to support nurses, teachers and other public employees. But what’s troubling is who has not yet shown up.
Let’s be honest. Most Democratic politicians would not be in office today without the hard work and financial support of union workers. So now’s the time Democratic leaders should be on the front lines, supporting those who supported them.
Both the House and the Senate are in recess this week. So there’s no longer any excuse for their absence.
Democratic leaders Harry ReidHarry ReidAfter healthcare fail, 4 ways to revise conservative playbook Dem senator 'not inclined to filibuster' Gorsuch This obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all MORE, Nancy Pelosi, Steny Hoyer, Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student MORE and Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden: I regret not being president Biden: 'McCain is right: Need select committee' for Russia With no emerging leaders, no clear message, Democrats flounder MORE: You belong in Madison!
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