Posts Tagged ‘Wisconsin’
Friday, February 27th, 2015
“We need a leader who will stand up and say we will take the fight to them and not wait until they take the fight to American soil,” declared Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a 2016 presidential hopeful, to the audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, DC. This is his reference to ISIS terrorists.
Then he said: “If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same in the rest of the world,” a clear reference to both ongoing protests against new anti-worker laws and a historic revolt in 2011 against Walker’s push to dismantle collective-bargaining rights for the state’s labor unions.
Walker denies he connected the dots but his “dog whistle” points were clearly heard by the radical right wing CPAC audience. He is bragging about busting unions — what he refers to as Democratic special interest groups.
“To compare the hundreds of thousands of teachers, students, grandmothers, veterans, correctional officers, nurses and all the workers who came out to peacefully protest and stand together for their rights as Americans to ISIS terrorists is disgusting and unacceptable,” said Wisconsin AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt in a statement. “To compare hard-working men and women who work for a living to terrorists is a disgrace. Coming together to peacefully protest for freedom, to raise your voice for a better Wisconsin, this is not an act of terror.”
Let’s hope America doesn’t make the same mistakes that Wisconsin voters have made in recent elections.
The irony in America that not one word may be spoken against the military or those who serve in it (all are “heroes”) but defaming the working women and men who dare to organize to fight against abusive practices by government and corporate employers (who are well organized and funded) can go unpunished is not lost on us.
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
Our societal tendency to blame victims of all sorts undercuts our ability to make systemic changes. If individuals are responsible rather than schools, employers and man-made (sic) organizations, then nothing ever has to change.
This is one of the many forms of resistance we face in the workplace bullying movement.
An interesting case surfaced in which a Wisconsin high school principal, Jon Wiltzius, was upset with a story published in the student’s monthly magazine. The editors bravely took on the topic of rape and blaming victims in their school. Three victims told their stories anonymously. Kudos for editors-in-chief Rachel Schneider and Tanvi Kumar.
The cover story ruffled the feathers of the principal responsible for the organizational (building) culture. His reaction — to cite case law that the District has control, not the student editors, over the publication — rather than hold an assembly to have all students discuss what may contribute to the normalization of sexual assault in high school and what his school could do about it. Oops. Guess the students are more adult about this serious topic than the principal who chooses to duck his responsibility.
Watch the WBAY-TV, ABC affiliate in Green Bay report
Read the well-written, truthful article on pages 11-16 of the student publication Cardinal Columns at Fond-du-Lac High School.
Tags: blaming the victim, Cardinal Columns, Fond-du-Lac, fundamental attribution error, high school, Jon Wiltzius, rape culture, WBAY-TV, Wisconsin
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Wednesday, November 30th, 2011
Wisconsin’s WEAU reports on Workplace Bullying and the new legislation introduced in the State Assembly earlier this month.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
On Oct. 22, the final day of Freedom from Workplace Bullies Week 2011, William Barth, editor of the Beloit (WI) Daily News published an editorial screed mocking state Rep. Roys and Sen. Coggs for introducing the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill with much fanfare. Barth’s perspective was pedestrian Chamber of Commerce drivel mixed with sarcastic insults of adults who dare to claim they have experienced workplace bullying.
This type of essay is common in the American business press. We typically ignore them. But in light of Freedom Week, we thought it useful to reply sarcastically in order to defend our constituents — bullied workers. No malice is intended, just an attempt to provide facts for the falsehoods and adjustment for those with arrested moral development.
Monday, October 17th, 2011Out of Madison, WI comes positive legislative news! State Rep. Kelda Roys (D-Madison) and Sen. Spencer Coggs circulated the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill today (Oct. 17) during Freedom From Workplace Bullies Week.
“Bullying is too common a problem in Wisconsin workplaces,” said Rep. Roys. “Workplace bullying significantly impairs workforce productivity and health. I am introducing the Healthy Workplace Bill this session to provide workers reasonable protections.”
Contact Rep. Roys, Wisconsin Assembly (608) 266-5340.
Monday, March 14th, 2011
I have written that We Are All Badgers Now to link WBI’s pro-worker goal, with its aspirational organizational democratic principles. Inherent in our work is to strive toward equality with an intolerance of inequality.
Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011
Bullied targets recognize lying. Lies about needing to save money are the governors’ (expect this to roll into other states near you, Wisconsin is just the beginning) rationale for eliminating the few remaining rights workers have. You non-union folks know that you have no rights to give up. Turns out that the newly elected Wisc governor inherited a surplus. There was no financial crisis in that state, says former co-chair of the state joint finance committee, state Rep. Marc Pocan.
In states where there are genuinely dire financial straits, the governors are blaming unions. Really? Why do we have such collective amnesia? How gullible is the American public? Remember the investors who ripped off the world and mortgage borrowers and allowed us saps to absorb the losses? And not one has gone to jail for it (read Matt Tiabi’s new article).
And so the pattern is repeated in every bullying scenario. Bullies cost the employer, corporate or government, tons of cash that the employer whines they cannot afford to spare. Yet, they keep the bully on payroll while the losses mount from undesirable turnover, absenteeism, presenteeism, workers’ comp, disability insurance, and a damaged reputation as the worst place to work. Bullies are too expensive to keep, but it’s about power and cozy relationships between executive sponsors and their favorite sons and daughters. It’s never about the money.
Thursday, February 17th, 2011
WBI has been to Madison and walked the Capitol halls now filled with protesters. We were arguing for our modest workers’ rights bill (the anti-bullying HWB) in 2010. It didn’t get out of committee, but Wisconsin’s historical concern for working people oozed from the testimony and the lawmakers there
This is the land of “Fightin’ Bob” LaFollette, the reformer, John Nichols, Ed Garvey and his annual Fightin’ BobFest and former U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (who had the misfortune of launching his new org. Progressives United the same week as the massive worker rallies and who said today (the governor’s action)” is one of the least Wisconsin-like things I’ve ever seen anyone do.” The Green Bay Packers back the workers.
Monica Walker (no relation to the evil gov) is WI State Coordinator for the HWB.
Tags: budget repair bill, collective bargaining rights, Ed Garvey, Fightin' BobFest, Russ Feingold, SB 11, Scott Walker, Wisconsin
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Wednesday, May 26th, 2010
An hour discussion of Workplace Bullying on the show — At Issue with Ben Merens — Wisconsin Public Radio, Wed. May 26. Dr. Gary Namie was guest with callers.
Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
by Jack Zemlicka, Wisconsin Law Journal, April 9, 2010 New Berlin plaintiffs’ attorney Shannon D. McDonald frequently gets calls from people who claim to be victims of an abusive work environment. But unless the "bullying" is tied to sexual harassment, age or gender discrimination, the employment law attorney generally has to deliver bad news. "In most instances I say, 'Given the laws, there is nothing I can do for you,'" said McDonald, of Carroll & McDonald LLC. (more…)
Tags: AB 894, defense attorneys, Joel S. Azeire, Shannon D. McDonald, Wisconsin
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