Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

The Melin family visited with a family during their travels to Flores De Villa, Peru, last summer. Their trip included aiding their church in building homes for struggling Peruvians. (courtesy of Peyton Melin)

Freshman Peyton Melin organizes Lenten common basket

April 15, 2014

With the help of the BSM World Language Department, freshman Peyton Melin spent the week of April 1 raising awareness to the community of BSM about a small city in Peru, Flores de Villa, located about 30 minutes from the capital, Lima. “Lima is a modern city with a casino,... Continue Reading

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

Junior establishes self as premier softball player

April 15, 2014

Junior captain Maddie Houlihan has come along way since first stepping up to the tee-ball plate as a young six year old. With her college future already mapped out and two years remaining as a Red Knight still to play, the University... Continue Reading

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

The iconic Rosie the Riveter image has been a symbol of feminism since World War 2. (Ryan Applehof)

The importance of feminism can’t be ignored

April 17, 2014

I grew up with a stay at home dad. Every morning, he brushed my hair, made my lunch, and sent me off to school. In the evenings, he made dinner and folded laundry. My mom has always been the breadwinner, and I never questioned this situation––it was just how we did things. I think it is the responsibility... Continue Reading

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

The album takes influence from the sounds of the 60's and 70's, while still remain modern and fresh. (Aloe Blacc press image)

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in latest record

April 9, 2014

Aloe Blacc makes a name for himself in the music business with “Lift Your Spirit,” a soulful and creative album with a classy feel. His vintage sound made it more difficult for him to produce hits, but his... Continue Reading

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

Staff writer Emily Pirkl struggles through the perils of her AP Euro assignments. (Shannon O'Connor)

The AP Euro Review: a journey in procrastination

February 25, 2014

It’s 11:09 p.m. (nine minutes after my self-imposed bedtime) and I’m far from snuggling under my flannel bed sheets. By the looks of it, I will be violating my own rule for the fifth night in a row, and, judging by my track record, this won’t be the last time. I’m on Tumblr, of course. Or, at least, I was. Then I clicked on link for a YouTube... Continue Reading

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Boys LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkAway
Girls LacrosseThu, Apr 17 7 p.m.Spring Lake ParkHome
Boys TennisThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Robbinsdale ArmstrongArmstrong High School
Boys TrackThu, Apr 17 4:00 p.m.Multiple OpponentsFridely
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Boys TennisMon, Apr 07 Blake 3-4L
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Union cut is a step in the wrong direction

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

    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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