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The next tactic for public unions: boycott. State police and fire unions are among those signing on to a letter going out to businesses around Wisconsin, threatening boycott unless those businesses stand against governor Scott Walker's moves to take away collective bargaining rights. This is part of the letter we received from Wisconsin Professional Police Association head, Jim Palmer. (Other unions signing on:
Professional Firefighters of Wisconsin
International Association of Firefighters
Madison Teachers, Inc.
Green Bay Education Association
Dane County Deputy Sheriffs Association
Madison Professional Police Officers Association)
March 11, 2011
Mr. Scott Tiegen, CEO
Kwik Trip, Inc.
1626 Oak Street P.O. Box 2107 La Crosse, WI 54602-2107
SENT VIA FASCIMILE AND REGULAR MAIL
Dear Mr. Tiegen:
As you undoubtedly know, Governor Walker recently proposed a “budget adjustment bill” to eviscerate public employees’ right to collectively bargain in Wisconsin. Collective bargaining has maintained labor peace between public employers and employees for more than 50 years, and according to every poll taken in the last few weeks, it enjoys overwhelming public support. In refusing to accept the willingness of many of the unions to be flexible on economic matters, Governor Walker has made it clear that his bill is really aimed at union busting, rather than “putting the state’s fiscal house in order.” This revelation has caused Wisconsin citizens to hold massive demonstrations at the State Capitol and throughout Wisconsin in adamant opposition to Governor Walker’s attempt to destroy collective bargaining. Never before in our State’s history have we witnessed such a massive and continued outpouring of opposition to any governor or issue.
As you also know, Scott Walker did not campaign on this issue when he ran for office. If he had, we are confident that you would not be listed among his largest contributors. As such, we are contacting you now to request your support.
The undersigned groups would like your company to publicly oppose Governor Walker’s efforts to virtually eliminate collective bargaining for public employees in Wisconsin. While we appreciate that you may need some time to consider this request, we ask for your response by March 17. In the event that you do not respond to this request by that date, we will assume that you stand with Governor Walker and against the teachers, nurses, police officers, fire fighters, and other dedicated public employees who serve our communities.
In the event that you cannot support this effort to save collective bargaining, please be advised that the undersigned will publicly and formally boycott the goods and services provided by your company. However, if you join us, we will do everything in our power to publicly celebrate your partnership in the fight to preserve the right of public employees to be heard at the bargaining table.
Also be advised that we are concerned about your company’s participation in
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce and its continued effort to support
candidates who oppose collective bargaining. It makes no difference to us how
much or little money you put into that effort. Your participation in that organization
provides you an opportunity to halt this practice. We would also request that Kwik
Trip disclose whether it makes contributions to any other organizations, such as
Americans for Prosperity or the Club for Growth or the U.S. Chamber of
We recognize your right to form political associations but we also believe the
public has a right to know what kind of contributions or payments you make that
impact the political process. As labor organizations we and our members do not
care to provide profits to companies that are working directly or indirectly to
threaten the livelihood of our members.
Wisconsin’s public employee unions serve to protect and promote equality and
fairness in the workplace. We hope you will stand with us and publicly share that
The threats talk about slitting his throat, drinking his blood, putting his head on a spike in Madison. State senator Dan Kapanke has received those threats and more since his vote on Wednesday for a bill that would strip most collective bargaining rights from most public employees in the state. Kapanke says he's bothered by the threats and very worried about his family but refuses to allow the threats to keep him from reaching out to all the people in his district regardless of their views on how he voted on that bill or any other. Kapanke also says he has been cautioned by police but appears to have no additional security at this point. The republican is one of many senators to get death threats.
Mike Huebsch in contempt? A Wisconsin union has filed a motion in Dane County court to have Department of Administration secretary Huebsch found in contempt for locking down the capitol on Wednesday night prior to a Senate vote on portions of the controversial budget repair bill. The motion was filed before the same judge who, last week, ordered Huebsch to provide better access to the capitol and also laid the groundwork for getting protesters removed from the building in a peaceful way.
Keith Marchbanks hopes that his family will forgive him someday...for apparently trying to kill them a year ago.
Marchbanks is headed to prison for 22 years, and may not get to contact his ex-wife and children again, sating his "final goodbye" to them in court.
The West Salem man set his wife's house on fire last March, and was shot as he threatened a policeman with a butcher knife. Judge Elliott Levine challenges the claim of Marchbanks's brother that Keith never got angry until the night of the fire.
One of Marchbanks's daughters wanted him locked up for a long time, so she could raise a family without fear of him getting out of prison.
Oktoberfest, USA announces the Mrs. Oktoberfest Selection Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Mrs. Oktoberfest!
Joyce Lindseth, the first Mrs. Oktoberfest, was chosen Thursday, October 2, 1968 from 80 contestants at what was then called the “Mrs. Oktoberfest Fashion-Fair Style Show.” For the first six years, Mrs. Oktoberfest was selected via pageantry process and was chosen by a panel of our past Festmasters. Contestants were judged on homemaking; church participation; school/civic affairs; poise and personality; cooking; and special talents and creative hobbies.
Times have changed and so has the selection process! Since 1974, the community continues to play a larger part in choosing who will represent the Oktoberfest Family as Mrs. Oktoberfest. In this the 51st celebration, the selection committee, comprised of past Mrs. Oktoberfests, will determine who will be the 44th “Mrs. O.” Requirements were recently updated for 2011 nominations and are available on their website at: www.oktoberfestusa.com. For your convenience, you may also download a nomination form on the website.
Completed nomination forms and a recent photo of the candidate may be dropped off at the Oktoberfest office located on the Southside Festgrounds at the corner of 2nd and La Crosse streets from Monday-Thursday during the hours of 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Entries may also be mailed via standard mail to: Oktoberfest USA, ATTN: Mrs. Oktoberfest Nomination, PO Box 1716, La Crosse, WI 54602-1716. Please also remember, as a courtesy, to inform the woman being nominated.
The 2011 Mrs. Oktoberfest will be announced at the Mrs. Oktoberfest Reception held on Wednesday, September 21, 2011 at the Valhalla Hall of UW-La Crosse.