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Americans “got your back”

When it comes to the debate over collective bargaining, most Americans aren’t siding with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker who thrust the issue in the national spotlight.

About 61 percent of Americans said they strongly oppose laws taking away collective bargaining power of public employee unions. That’s according to a poll conducted by USA Today/Gallup Poll released today.

The poll finds that only 33 percent of Americans would favor such a law in their states similar to the one that is being debated in Wisconsin.

Even though the economy is slowly recovering, most Americans don’t want to see state workers take the brunt of the "fiscal shellacking" or see collective bargaining rights eliminated.

Political parties don’t agree whether unions are harmful or helpful to states. About 65 percent of Democrats say unions are more helpful; while 67 percent of Republicans say unions are more harmful.

Are you surprised by the poll's findings?

Comments (9) -

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/25/2011 6:12:09 PM |

    I would like to see where that poll number came from. Most Americans realize the damage that has been done, due to overspending and an oversized gov't with huge unsustainable debt and promises. And the reality is most Americans want everybody to chip in and if that takes contirbuting a WHOPPING 12% in your own pension, well then just do it. Remeber, America does not offer a right to work. It offers a right to Life, Liberty, and the persuit of Happiness. Can you really be suprised that this is happening. We ALL were too comfortable now we have to pay for it. It's gonna be painful but we have waited too long.
      

  • Dennis Buck (Rockford)

    2/27/2011 12:43:19 PM |

    Spoken like a true teabagger.. Think what you will, if (real) jobs were still plentiful, more would be right with our country. Instead, our industries have been outsourced, denying a living wage to our citizens. The word 'tax' has become a dirty word, instead of the realization that responsible taxes pay for society. The republican wet dream of broken government plays right into their agenda. The policies and views of the republican party have caused our economic downfall. Now they can point the finger everywhere else as the blame, and not many people see it... Take Care and be safe

  • Craig Slatcher (Wilmington)

    2/28/2011 8:42:00 AM |

    We all are fully aware of the push within certain state legislatures to limit collective bargaining. However, what about democrate led local governments' actions regarding lay-offs, brown-outs, station/company closings, etc.? They can cry loss of revenue all they want, it really comes down to financial mismanagement!

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/28/2011 3:28:41 PM |

    I never said anything about the TEA party or being a republican. I don't register with DEMS or Repubs when I vote( or independant, they're just names). Typical Liberal name calling.
      Understand that the name calling is getting anywhere. Have a real debate . Thinking with your emotions is what get you into trouble. There are stil jobs here in America. The old union jobs from yesteryear are gone due to cheaper labor in other countries because the unions expect too much for a job most people with a brain and all four limbs can do.Yeah it's dangerous I know. So. I do it for free in my spare time and make at lot less as a TX fireman and here's the kicker. wait for it.....I SAVE FOR MY OWN RETIREMENT SO I DONT HAVE TO RELY ON THE GOVERNMENT TO DO IT. It's a novel idea I know.
      "The power to tax is the power to destroy", Ben Frtanklin. Taxes do not pay for society. They may pay for public serivces. but they cannot support the all the baby boomers the pensioners, and unemployed. It broke our backs in the 60s and will happen much worse now if we don't scale back the sweetheart deals the union bossess fought "so lovingly" for and knew the retirements only work for one generation! "Worker of the World Unite"! quote Andy Stern of SEIU. Or is it Lennin, oh wait Marx.
      So, in conclusion Dennis.More jobs can still be plentiful. Lower the taxes and drastically cut the spending in government(especially social security). That's all the Gov't needs to do. We are no longer the super power we once were. We are weak financially.To leave people to their own device is when we create the next Alexander ghram Bell,Henry Ford, Bill Gates, who actually create the jobs for our nation. We may be weak financially, but I argue that we as a people are still strong and are able to innovate we need to be morally righteous and virtuous. And quit being narrow. We are all divided by party or union or private.They don't mean anything anymore.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/28/2011 3:32:56 PM |

    There is no GOD given right to work.
    The right right to try.
    The right to buy.
    The right to sell.
    The right to fail. Tax payers should not support unions.

  • Dennis Buck (Rockford)

    2/28/2011 5:20:02 PM |

    Craig, You are apparently one of the three members of Crowley Local 4182, as apparently it's reported as a 'mostly volunteer' dept. I'm not sure why you belong to the union, as it's protections are minimal in your right-to-work state. The protections you DO benefit from are largely from the big, bad, government you have so little faith in. I think LOTS of TX (Union) firefighters would LOVE to have collective bargaining, which is being blocked by politicians who think like you do..

    "Old union jobs from yesteryear" are gone due to corporate greed and executives who think like you do. It's certainly not because of high corporate taxes that industry has left the country, as corporations don't pay tax. If you were paying attention, even Faux News admitted that collective bargaining was NOT the reason for the push for the bill to eliminate collective bargaining for public employees, nor the deficit in Wisconsin. It's political, as is every other attack we're facing nationally. Be Safe

    P.S  isn't the Crowley FD taxpayer funded, hence your wages?          
    ;)

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    2/28/2011 10:02:30 PM |

    Your right about a few things. But we are a small dept. Two stations, 18 paid members and too many aparatus to man at one time including two MICU with full ALS capabilites. 3 volunteers left that actually give a crap who are asdly being phased out.
      There may be "protections" but when was it ever okay to rely on those as a crutch and not be a self sustaining individual? I'm not against the union, that's why I'm a member. I'm not against the union worker.If the Federal Government can limit their members collective bargaining so can the many states. And I'm pretty sure the tenth amendment has rights for the states as well. I don't have a porblem with our government what i have a porblem with is the "you have to spend $ to get out of debt" mentality.
      Collective bargaining only works when both sides comprimise.Do you even remember the % they asking for the workers to contribute. I think it's about 12% for healthcare. The unions have had their fair share of protections. Have you thought about why TX isn't in the news about massive protests?
      What you are right about is the corporate greed, but this is not a one sided problem here.I think that the execs who do make an honest living should be able to keep their profits. They had the drive to become successful in their own right. But, the corporate greed is usually exposed by the media. Now, my question is. Should those greedy corporations or companies be allowed to fail when they are bankrupt or loose every dime a stockholder has invested? Or, should someone step in and bail them out with our tax dollars? Think about that a look at cities like Detroit, that used to be a thriving city. Government spending and regulations coupled with the too big too fail idea have ruined great cities Detroit. Might I add that Detroit has enjoyed a Democratic majority for the last 50 years.
      Wisonsin absolutely has a huge deficit problem. As does TX. we are already hearing from our local news of a porposed 11 billion dollar cut. We all are in the same boat. If I'm facing the chopping block I will find another job. I'll do what I have to do. Let's stop relying on people who divide us. I find it hard to believe that a country that can send a man to the moon, defeat some of the greatest super powers of the world cannot come together and just take our lumps. It's time to purge ourselves and start over. High taxes is what drives people away. People don't want to live and work in a place they cannot enjoy thier money. At least some don't. The power to tax is the power to destroy.
      Yes we are taxpayer funded but we also run two MICU's to generate a profit. The majority of the DFW area has this concept.

  • Craig Russell (Crowley)

    3/6/2011 12:16:38 PM |

    Americans have our backs. Who does the AFL-CIO Back?

    Solidarity? AFL-CIO funds cop haters
    Friday, Mar 4, 2011 at 2:35 PM EST


    Glenn dedicated a whole show last night to showing the attitude of distrust being bred against police officers by a variety of leftist groups. On radio today, he talked more about the anti-cop curriculum being developed in New York State and funded by the AFL/CIO and some of the other proponents of an anti-police attitude.

    “This isn’t just a little thing that you need to make sure you know about. This attitude of distrusting police cost lives. It cost lives. People teach their children. They get this in their head that the police are against them, that they should be running away from them, treat them disrespectfully and all this stuff, and every time all of these terrible stories happen where someone innocent gets shot or a minor fraction, something happened with the cops, it’s because they’ve been taught their entire lives that the cops are against them. Why would we want to beat that into kids’ heads? It’s terrible,” Stu said.

    And what is in this new curriculum?

    “Here’s a part of this curriculum that the AFL/CIO through the NYSUT has published and put in schools for every schoolchild in New York state, AFL/CIO, gang. It is a whole book that has, you know, holds up Desmond TuTu and all kinds of heros who have spoken out in the face of power and then you have Van Jones, and one of the study things that they ask their kids to read is about Van Jones and it’s lessons from a killing, changing news coverage of police brutality in San Francisco by Van Jones. I’m going to read a little bit, ‘In the fall of ’96, San Francisco police review commission held hearings on the death of Aaron Williams, an African-American man suspected of a $50 pet store burglary that died in police custody. According to witnesses and police sources, a team of police led by Officer Mack repeatedly kicked Williams in the head and emptied three caps of pepper spray. Despite he was having trouble breathing, the police left him hog tied and gagged in the back of a police van where he died.’  I don’t know this story. But if this story happened the way Van Jones is describing it, it’s bad,” Glenn said.


    “Those police officers should have been prosecuted if it happened the way Van Jones, but that’s a huge, huge if. [Jones said] ‘My organization, Ella Baker Center of human rights for police watch followed this for two years.’  He goes on to talk about what the news report did and blah, blah what and teaching your kid how to organize and get into the news and change opinions in the news,” Glenn said.

    Glenn then adressed the cops who were being asked to stand in solidarity with people who are instituting this new curriculum. “I understand the idea of standing with people that disagree with you. There’s no problem with that. But not on major issues. Especially major issues concerning your job.”

    Glenn explained more about why police officers should be wary of standing with groups and movements organized by radicals on TV last night. Watch the video below for more from TV:


    Glenn continued on radio, “This curriculum has good things in it. However, you get to Van Jones where they urge kids to find out about Van Jones. I have been urging the press to find out about Van Jones for some time. He’s harmless. Sure, he’s a communist radical. Don’t worry about it. Don’t worry about it. He called for violent revolution and then when he shut down his organization STORM, it’s because he realized he couldn’t convince enough people with the language of Marxism to be able to go for a violent revolution. So they had to change from things like Cop Watch to the Ella Baker Center. They changed the radical pose for the radical ends because they knew they could scoop in a bunch of people.”

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  • Craig Slatcher (Wilmington)

    3/8/2011 8:14:32 AM |

    Not to worry, Michael Moore will straighten everything out..."Laissez les bon temps rouller".

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