What is happening in Wisconsin and Ohio isn’t about wages and benefits, like those on the conservative right are proclaiming. The protests in Wisconsin and Ohio are about defending human and Americans’ rights. Gov. Walker is attempting to strip collective bargaining rights away from middle class Americans. Governor Walker’s proposal wants to take away Wisconsin workers’ rights to negotiate benefits.
Now there are those on the “right” that have said to me and many others that collective bargaining is NOT a right. Considering that these Republicans initiated this session of Congress with the reading of the United States Constitution, they may have missed Article 6 clause 2 , which states:
“This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
Now that we know international treaties are considered parallel to the Constitution as the supreme law on the land. What treaty afforded the right to collective bargaining?
The right to collectively bargain is recognized through international human rights conventions. Article 23 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights identifies the ability to organize trade unions as a fundamental human right.
Item 2(a) of the International Labour Organization’s Declaration on Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work defines the “freedom of association and the effective recognition of the right to collective bargaining” as an essential right of workers.
So with all the right wing tactics to sidetrack you to think these protests are about wages, it is really about the BIG GOVERNMENT stripping Americans of their rights.
As Americans we must not allow these sociopathic, neocons like Republican Governor Walker to trample the rights of our neighbors and fellow citizens. DON’T TREAD ON ME!