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Union busting is being used they say to 'save money' that's a lie. its a political move to strip the support from the Democratic party. The wealthy support the GOP its the working class majority that supports the Democrats


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Billionaires, David and Charles Koch, who give millions of dollars to groups working to drive civil service unions out of government and ultimately out of politics.



As conservatives battle with public-employee unions in Wisconsin and other states, the conflict has drawn increasing public attention to a pair of low-profile billionaires, David and Charles Koch, who give millions of dollars to groups working to drive civil service unions out of government and ultimately out of politics.


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's budget bill would make civil servants pay more for pensions and benefits, and it would cripple their unions as a force in collective bargaining and politics. The measure has prompted protests at the state Capitol and teachers to walk off the job.


Walker says the plan is necessary and wants the unions to get in line.


"The teachers here in the city of Madison walked off the job, which is really ultimately a strike and an illegal action," he said.


Other GOP governors have joined the fight.


"The most powerful special interests in America today are the government unions," Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels told member station WAMU's Diane Rehm Show this week.


The governors have allies in this fight: conservative groups that organize the grassroots develop the arguments and even draft the legislation.


The Koch brothers give millions to such groups, including the Americans for Prosperity, which has a Stand With Walker website and TV ad.


"The eyes of the entire nation are on you today," Tim Phillips, the group's president, told a recent pro-Walker rally.


The Koch brothers provided the seed money for Americans For Prosperity a decade ago — and more than $1 million overall.

The Koch Industries Inc. headquarters in Wichita, Kan.


The Koch Industries Inc. headquarters in Wichita, Kan.


"Five years ago, my brother Charles and I provided the funds to start the Americans for Prosperity," David Koch said at an AFP rally in 2009. "And it's beyond my wildest dreams how AFP has grown into this enormous organization."


At the annual Conservative Political Action Conference last month, AFP staffer Scott Hagerstrom advised grassroots organizers on spreading the message about public sector unions. He said the effort needs to get past the usual legislative fights with their split-the-difference outcomes.


"We fight these battles on taxes and regulations, but what we would like to see is to take the unions out at the knees, so they don't have the resources to fight these battles," he said.


The public unions are among the biggest, most reliable donors to Democrats. Not even a couple of free-spending billionaires could match their political contributions. But public records show the Kochs giving more than $17 million between 1997 and 2008 to groups involved in the campaign against unions, including the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which promotes legislation targeting private-sector unions.


The Kochs also fund smaller think tanks around the Midwest, as well as the American Legislative Exchange Council, which drafts model legislation on major issues.


This year's list of model legislation has two proposals that would put the squeeze on unions' political spending. Walker included both of them in his budget.


At the Illinois Policy Institute, which hasn't received Koch money, President John Tillman says the brothers just do for "workers rights" what unions do on the other side.


"I always find it fascinating with the press' obsession with the Koch brothers," he said.


He says the public unions would be under assault no matter what because the economic downturn has sent state and local budgets into the red. He also says there are large amounts of money going from labor to the Democratic Party.


"That's why you see Democrats working to protect the union prerogatives and why you see Republicans, on the other hand, looking for these reforms," he said.


So even in a time of budget crises, it still comes down to big-money politics.

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I'm a 'middle of the roader' when it comes to politics, but...


I believe that when the politicians give up their 'pay raises' as well as their 'government paid' health care and their 'retirement payments' along with the 'kickbacks' and 'campaign contributions' (also known as bribes) that they receive then I will support their 'union busting' efforts.


But NOT until then.

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