Public union battles spread across U.S.
February 25th, 2011
11:08 AM ET
11 years ago

Public union battles spread across U.S.

(CNN) - The fight over public union benefits and collective bargaining is spreading across the United States. Here is a state-by-state breakdown:


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  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Blaming public unions for budget deficits is a distraction, just like blaming minorities for bringing the entire global economy to it's knees because they had mortgages. It's stunningly stupid. Why are we allowing those with an agenda to control the messaging? Wall Street destroyed state budgets, just like they did the global economy, and they got away with it, by gambling with our money. Blaming teachers who are severely underpaid to begin with is just a distraction, and an effort to deeply divide us even further than we are already.

    Same thing goes for social security, now looked at as an entitlement, like welfare. People pay into Social Security. And for the Republicans to want to hand it over to their Wall Street financiers has to make you wonder, just a little. No? If Wall Street wants their hands on SS, that fund must be huge. We need to stop and use reason instead of just listening to what the media keeps telling us. They, too, are corporate owned and have an agenda. Maybe that's where we need to start. Destroy corporate owned media.

    February 25, 2011 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  2. American

    Although not a member, I fully support these working families collective bargaining rights and their costitutional freedom to assemble.

    Fired up over this partisan nonsense & ready to stand strong Against imperial govenors and With our fellow Americans.

    February 25, 2011 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  3. Dave Harris

    Speaking as a millionaire (which isn't that much anymore), I believe that I pay far more than my 'fair share'. I paid over $200,000 in federal income tax last year, making it possible for most of these people to pay little or nothing. I'm sorry they're going to lose their pensions and their medical care, but blame that on the voters who elected Republicans. Besides, nobody outside the government even has a pension anymore, not even me. As for medical care, well Republicans think we don't need that either. Good luck (that's all you have left to hope for).

    February 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  4. gt

    every one should be in the teachers union... we all want off all summer ..a wk for thanksgiving ...2 wk for christmas.. a wk in the spring,,, work 4.2 hrs a day at our job .. because we have to have a hour to plan our day .. we work 50 minutes in a we dont work week ends , saturdays or holidays.. and we want to get off at 3;30 each day.. yep teachers union is the best........

    February 25, 2011 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  5. Inmyopinion

    Huge amounts of our tax dollars are going towards paying these expensive pensions, benefits, wages, Union fees to government employees while they barely contribute anything towards their benefits leaving everyone else to pick up the tab for them.

    All the while those in the private sector are having to pay towards their own benefits and also pay for government workers' benefits and salaries through taxes. This is not fair.

    Yes, government employees pay taxes and those taxes come back to them in the form of their salary so mathematically they never pay taxes. And on top of that they get benefits that they barely make a contribution to? And they have the power to shut down schools and cities.

    This is not fair to us in the private sector and to our country.

    February 25, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  6. John

    The GOP country. Welcome to 1930s.

    February 25, 2011 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  7. Lynda/Minnesota

    How very sad that the GOPers can't see how used they are being by the very millionaires who want to keep the focus OFF of them and their failed policies by keeping the spotlight on the little people, you know who we are: teachers, city street cleaners, city bus drivers, meter readers, social workers, day care providers, county and city clerks, (there are so many of us) all taxpayers ourselves, but somehow, lesser an American than, say, our private sector counterparts, if only because another's ego has gotten too big to handle, and has no qualms about turning we the public into evil geniuses seeking nothing more than the total financial ruin of America. After all, it isn't as though big business has a stake in this conversation, they being in the private sector as they are. Ever wonder what will happen when big business OWNS ALL of America, folks? Now might be a good time to start thinking it over.

    February 25, 2011 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  8. Chris Merry

    Just saw "Union-Weaking" on the TV. Shouldn't it be "weakening"?

    February 25, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  9. Tanja

    This is the beginning of the end of America's middle-class.

    When will you idiots learn...Republicans ONLY STAND BEHIND THE RICH!!!!

    February 25, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  10. Ashera

    When are the voters going to get they heads out of the BS the GOP and their Corporate Lobbyists are telling them? Stop listening/believing BS! It has been years since they siphoned their companies off shore: and the American Consumers still support them. WOW! Dumb and Dumber! It took years for this outcome. Good old IKE taxed them and he was right, remove all tax loop holes for the top heavy %, and get your act together. Stop kissing B_ _ T!

    February 25, 2011 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  11. Mark

    Where is the daily coverage of the Hitler and other signs that these protestors are displaying in Wisc and Ohio? During the Tea Party protests, CNN had hourly coverage for several weeks. For these union protests, almost zero! What does that tell you about CNN?

    February 25, 2011 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  12. John G

    Unions time has come. They were good 100 years ago but now it's time to move into the 21st century. CHANGE is coming slowly. Isn't this the "change" demcorats wanted?!?!?!

    February 25, 2011 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  13. R Harris

    Apparently the American public hasn't learned a lesson or did not catch on to who was responsible for their loss of funds. During the debacle that the hedge funds, bonds, pensions were going south created by lobbyist who collected their pound of flesh from state, and other government entities, they never bothered to go after these Wall Street people and banks. Now they want you to give up what you fought for, are you blind?

    February 25, 2011 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  14. Rick McDaniel

    The answer to the tax issues for schools, do not lie with unions........or with disposing of unions.

    The answer lies in taxes that make all parents responsible for paying for their own kids......and that is not currently the tax system in use.

    If you want to solve the school funding problem.......change the tax method, as the current method of taxing the middle class to pay for the poor, while the poor pay nothing, no longer works. The middle class is too broke.

    February 25, 2011 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  15. lou

    You may not think union wages and benefits affect you, but they help establish a pay average for the entire country. If you bump them out of the equation, companies will be able to use the new norm to offer less pay and eliminate pensions.

    February 25, 2011 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |