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NEW VIDEO: Collective Bargaining 101

Posted By Brandon Stewart On March 4, 2011 @ 1:40 pm In Economics | Comments Disabled

The fight to balance Wisconsin’s state budget intensified yesterday as Governor Scott Walker issued an ultimatum [1] to Democratic Senators who have refused to return to the capital to vote on the budget repair bill. The ultimatum comes as Wisconsin approaches a crucial deadline to restructure its debt. But while the fight has become more intense, there has never been a shortage of heat in this debate. Union leaders have been especially vocal, with SEIU President Mary Kay Henry characterizing Walker’s proposal [2] to weaken collective bargaining, as part of a “struggle for economic justice”. Even President Obama weighed in, calling it an “assault on unions” [3]. But while the controversy continues to attract national media attention, there has been little focus on what exactly collective bargaining is and how it works in a system with government unions. And with a majority of union members now in government rather than the private sector [4], this is an important issue to understand.

Our new video [5] is a helpful primer on the rise government unions and the monopoly power given to them through collective bargaining. Along with our helpful factsheet on the subject, they form a powerful tool to combat misinformation and educate friends and family about what is at stake in Wisconsin [6].

Let us know what you think about collective bargaining in the comments. And please take a moment to help us get the word out by sharing the video on FACEBOOK [7] and sending it out on TWITTER [8].

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URLs in this post:

[1] issued an ultimatum: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/28/us-wisconsin-governor-idUSTRE71R51620110228

[2] characterizing Walker’s proposal: http://www.seiu.org/2011/02/are-you-watching-whats-happening-in-wisconsin.php

[3] alling it an “assault on unions”: http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2011/02/17/obama_on_wisconsin_collective_bargaining_law_an_assault_on_unions.html

[4] majority of union members now in government rather than the private sector: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/01/Majority-of-Union-Members-Now-Work-for-the-Government

[5] new video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QyxuUjgHkgs

[6] what is at stake in Wisconsin: http://www.foundry.org/2011/02/18/morning-bell-the-american-people-cant-afford-to-lose-wisconsin-union-showdown/

[7] sharing the video on FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/share.php?u=http://j.mp/fB2Ufh

[8] out on TWITTER: http://twitter.com/home?status=Learn+the+truth+about+collective+bargaining+http://j.mp/fB2Ufh

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