Earlier this week I wrote about the fact that not one single Democratic State Senator had listed the restoration of collective bargaining rights for public employees as a legislative priority in the next session of the State Senate, and I also noted Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller’sstatement affirming Senate Democrats’ support for the restoration of collective bargaining rights for public employees.
However, while some might be assuaged by Sen. Miller’s press release, John “Sly” Sylvester of WTDY’s “Sly In The Morning” radio show isn’t buying what Sen. Miller is selling, because he knows what most folks know – a press release is just words on paper. During a segment of “Sly In The Morning” this morning, John Nichols made an excellent point about the restoration of collective bargaining rights for public employees, opining that if Senate Democrats don’t continue to educate the public about why the restoration of collective bargaining rights for public employees would be a good thing for the rest of Wisconsin’s citizens, they run the very real risk that folks will start to forget about the issue entirely, relegating it to nothing more than an afterthought and making any future efforts to restore those rights easier to defeat.
Here’s the segment from “Sly In The Morning.”
I’ve made it abundantly clear that I believe President Barack Obama has been a traitor to organized labor here in Wisconsin, but despite President Obama turning his back on public employees here in Wisconsin, I’m confident Democrats in the State Senate will continue to fight as best they can to restore collective bargaining rights for public employees.
Democurmudgeon has an excellent take on this.