Daily Archives: May 17, 2011

Koch Brothers Bank Rolling Legal Dream Team to Defend Walker’s Union Busting Bill

-Originally posted by Jud Lounsbury on UppityWis, May 17, 2011-

One of the Koch brothers front-groups, the union-busting group National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, is rolling their tanks into Wisconsin to defend against a lawsuit from Dane County Firefighters and other public employee unions challenging the constitutionality of Walker's union-busting bill.

A 4/26 NRWLDF letter sent to numerous rightwing leaders in Wisconsin, said:

"Dear Right to Work Supporter:

As you may know, three Madison local AFL-CIO unions, Laborers Local 236, Firefighters Local 311, and AFSCME Local 60, have sued the State of Wisconsin and Governor Walker to have the courts declare unconstitional the "budget repair bill," 2011 Wisconsin Act 10. This is an attempt to reverse the decision of the legislature to repeal compulsory unionism for most public sector employees.

ALEC: The Voice of Corporate Special Interests In State Legislatures

-Originally posted on Right Wing Watch

Introduction

When state legislators across the nation introduce similar or identical bills designed to boost corporate power and profits, reduce workers rights, limit corporate accountability for pollution, or restrict voting by minorities, odds are good that the legislation was not written by a state lawmaker but by corporate lobbyists working through the American Legislative Exchange Council. ALEC is a one-stop shop for corporations looking to identify friendly state legislators and work with them to get special-interest legislation introduced. It’s win-win for corporations, their lobbyists, and right-wing legislators. But the big losers are citizens whose rights and interests are sold off to the highest bidder.

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