|Vol. 10 No. 3
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
Publisher & Editor
Lisa Peyton-Caire, Eileen Hocker,
Alfonso Zepeda Capistran, Theola
Carter, Fabu, Lang Kenneth Haynes,
Heidi Pascual, and Donna Parker
Webmaster: Heidi M. Pascual
The Freeloader’s Bill
Editors Note: As a sponsor of the performance of Urban Bush Women at the Overture Center on February 18th at 7:30 p.m. — see the ad for
Urban Bush Women on p. 2 of this paper — The Capital City Hues received five pairs of tickets for the performance. I would like to give away
these five pairs of tickets to the first five individuals who e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the title Urban Bush Women in the
Subject line. Please include an address where I can send the tickets to. Remember, he who hesitates is lost.
One of my favorite stories to read to my children when they were too young to read themselves was “The Little Red Hen.” For those of you
unfamiliar with the story, it recounts how the little red hen went through the stages of baking bread, from harvesting the wheat to rolling out the
At each stage of the process, she asked an assortment of animals if they wanted to help make the bread and they all had an excuse why they
couldn’t help. But when it got to the stage where the freshly baked bread was going to be eaten, all of a sudden, all of the animals were willing
However, the little red hen told them nothing doing. If they couldn’t help make the bread, they certainly couldn’t eat the bread. In essence, the
animals were just a bunch of freeloaders.
Now I hear that Governor Scott Walker and the Republicans in the state legislature want to make Wisconsin a “Right to Work” state. In other
words, in workplaces where the workers have voted to be represented by a union, Walker and company want to make union membership —
and the payment of union dues — voluntary.
It appears that they feel a union shop, where once the union has been certified in a workplace, all of the represented workers have to join and
be members of the union, is Un-American. Apparently they feel that no one should be forced into an association that they want no part of. In my
view, Walker and company want to empower a bunch of freeloaders as a method to destroy private unions.
Why do I call them freeloaders? Well if you remember, it is law that when unions bargain for wages and conditions of employment for their
members and those wages and conditions of employment become part of a collective bargaining agreement, then all workers regardless of
their union membership receive those benefits. In other words, through “Right to Work,” they can opt out of belonging to the union and not pay
union dues, but still get the benefit of the hard work and bargaining of the union. I find that down right un-little red henish. The freeloaders get
their cake and eat it too.
Remember that Walker and company already got rid of the public employee unions and now they have set their sights on private unions. They
are using the selfishness and narrow-mindedness of some workers to eventually lower the wages of all of the workers. In other words, they
will be using the greed of the few to lower the standard of living for the many.
Walker, the Koch Brothers and the Tea Party have certainly done a number on poor working folks and working folks in general. Through years
of propaganda, they painted public employees — including people who maintain our parks, pave our roads, pay our unemployment insurance
and provide us safety — as a type of welfare recipient who was feeding at the public trough, never mind the companies who were receiving
millions of dollars in state subsidies only to decide to ship their jobs overseas. Once they did a number on the public employees, they were
able to strip them of the effectiveness of their unions. In essence, they drove a wedge between private and public sector workers. And the
private, non-represented and represented workers thought that it would end with the stripping of the public sector unions of their power.
But the intent was never to stop with the public sector unions. That was just a smokescreen, They are after all of the unions and the “Right to
Life” laws will make the private sector unions ineffective too. And what will the result be? Ever been to a manufacturing plant in Mississippi
where they make about half the wages of a unionized plant? Ever experience the overall poverty of Mississippi? Well that is coming to a state
near you: Wisconsin.
|Bill T Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company to Perform at the
Wisconsin Union’s Shannon Hall February 14th