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Knight Errant : Union cut is a step in the wrong direction
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BSM alum succeeds in journalism industry as TIME reporter

July 10, 2014


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As Benilde-St. Margaret’s seniors endured their final days of high school before graduation, they prepare to move one step closer to getting jobs and becoming successful. Benilde-St. Margaret’s class of 2008 alum, Alexandra Sifferlin, is an example of this success; she has turned what was once a childhood ambition into an exciting reality. Sifferlin is now a health reporter for TIME Magazine, and has spent the last few years reporting on an assortment of health related issues. “I love being a health reporter because I like to think I’m doing a service. Health, medicine, and science impact everyone, and I get the most touching emails from readers,” said Sifferlin. At the age of... Continue Reading


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Baseball team falls short to Armstrong in vital section game

June 4, 2014


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The Benilde-St. Margaret’s baseball team made the trek to Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota to take on the Wayzata Trojans in a section playoff showdown. According to junior Connor Day, “Our team played well and with a lot of chemistry. We rebounded well from our loss last week.” The Trojans scored first with one player crossing the plate in the top half of the first inning; the Red Knights answered by scoring two runs in the bottom of the second. BSM senior Michael Kaminski threw a complete game, allowing only two runs over the course of seven innings as well as recording one RBI. Junior Tyler Wyvell along with seniors Keaton Studsrud and Christopher Racchini also contributed... Continue Reading


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Tremendous Twelve

June 4, 2014


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10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

Going to the beach is one of the most popular pastimes of Lake Calhoun goers. Bring a towel and your sun block and head to either one of the two beaches of Lake Calhoun. (Keenan Schember, Megan Ortizcazarin)

10 Things To Do Around Lake Calhoun

June 5, 2014


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The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

Sophamore Gunnar Lundberg stops for a cool refreshing drink (Emily Larson)

The definitive ranking of BSM water fountains

June 3, 2014


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As the days become longer and the heat index spikes, students often seek the comfort of a cool sip of water from one of the many selections of drinking fountains offered at BSM. But with so many to choose from, not all can claim the title of Most Popular Water Fountain. From dirty drains, leaky fountains, horrible locations and warm, iron-laced water,... Continue Reading


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SportDateTimeOpponentLocation
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 02 7 p.m.OronoHome
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 02 5 p.m.OronoOrono HS
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 04 5 p.m.RochesterHome
FootballFri, Sep 05 7 p.m.ChaskaChaska HS
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 09 4:45 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Jefferson HS
Girls SoccerTue, Sep 09 7 p.m.Bloomington JeffersonBloomington Stadium
Boys SoccerThu, Sep 11 7 p.m.ChaskaHome
Girls SoccerThu, Sep 11 5 p.m.ChaskaHome
FootballFri, Sep 12 7 p.m.Robbinsdale CooperHome
Boys SoccerMon, Sep 15 7 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Mon, Sep 15 5 p.m.EdinaKuhlman Field
Boys SoccerTue, Sep 16 5 p.m.RichfieldRichfield HS
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.
SportDateOpponentResultW/L
Click on any sport above to see a full schedule for that sport.

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Union cut is a step in the wrong direction


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Wisconsin, like every other state in the union, is broke. And, like every other state in the union, it’s looking at cutting services. As per usual, things like health and education are taking a hit in the budget; but, Wisconsin is gaining some national notoriety thanks to Republican governor, Scott Walker’s plan to not only cut benefits for unionized workers in the public sector, but strip the unions of their collective bargaining rights.

While Walker claims that this isn’t an issue of Union busting, to paraphrase Jon Stewart, if you take away a union’s collective bargaining rights, you’re just left with a bunch of people wearing matching t-shirts. While this may be a bit of an exaggeration, it is true that once you take away a union’s power to stand united, all that’s left is a glorified lobby––a lobby that will quickly lose members if the original purpose for its foundation is lost. So really, while this has been painted as an economic issue, it’s really just an excuse to strip the unions of any power they have left.

And the workers of Wisconsin are not taking this lying down. Although this attempt at breaking down the Union will only affect unionized workers in the public sector (not including: firefighters, cops, and state troopers), all kinds of Wisconsinites (including the non-affected firefighter’s union) are making their way to Madison to voice their opposition to this robbery of worker’s rights.

We could be making a point about the importance of participation in democracy, but as 2009’s Tea Party protests showed us, just because citizens turn out for a march, it doesn’t mean they’re right. So no, the point is not that people are mobilizing themselves, the point is that this time, the people are right. Unions have been instrumental in bringing about things like the eight hour work day, maternity leave, and the minimum wage––taking away their power to collectively bargain, takes away their power to officiate change; and, this is exactly what the Republican leadership wants.

Walker has refused to even talk about changing his budget proposal because, “[Wisconsin is] broke.” But if Wisconsin is so broke it feels the need to strip the working class of their rights to band together against injustice, how can he afford the $117 million he is giving to corporations in tax breaks? Why, when the median teacher’s income is already $3,000 bellow that of the average Wisconsin worker are they being asked to tighten their belts?

The truth is, Wisconsin’s Republican leadership is just using the economic downturn to finally destroy one of their longest-standing opponents––the unions that fund their Democratic opponents––while strengthening the corporations that tend to fund their own campaigns. Sneaky, Walker. But it seems that 70,000 protesters have taken notice, and it doesn’t look like the leadership will be able to pull this one over on the people.

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2 Responses to “Union cut is a step in the wrong direction”

  1. John on March 1st, 2011 9:27 pm

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    Wow! What a fantastic article! I’d love to see where you discovered all of these facts about “cutting benefits for unionized workers”! Because I can’t find any…it’s called research Knight Errant. Scott Walker isn’t trying to cut anything- he’s asking for these workers to help pay for some benefits. Huge difference, my friends. There are so many facts that are skewed in this article that it made me chuckle.

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  2. Michael on March 1st, 2011 9:38 pm

    Great article guys! Unions are so important in America, and we can’t have them taken away!

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