First, teacher union bosses shut down schools in Wisconsin. Then, they demanded legislators flee the state.
Some union militants even made death threats against supporters of Governor Scott Walker's monopoly bargaining reforms.
Frankly, we've seen it all from union bosses and their allies in Wisconsin over the last few months -- or at least I thought we had until I watched this video.
You see, last week anti-Walker protestors -- some dressed as zombies -- interrupted Governor Walker's speech at a Special Olympics event.
As you'll see in the video, their malice toward Governor Walker knows no bounds.
And after watching the video, please sign your Declaration of Support for Governor Scott Walker, if you haven't already.
With Governor Walker being attacked from all fronts, it's vital he knows where concerned citizens like you stand.
National Right to Work Foundation
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Sent: Tuesday, May 24, 2011 02:54 PM
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Subject: Battle Escalates in Wisconsin
What they couldn't do with "sick-outs," school shut downs, and bused-in out-of-state agitators, Big Labor is counting on Wisconsin courts to do for them.
In fact, Big Labor's slick lawyers are going all-out to completely STOP Wisconsin's new Right to Work law for state and local government employees.
That's why it's vital you sign the Declaration of Support to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker right away.
You see, while construction and clean-up crews work to repair the estimated $7.5 MILLION in Capitol damages, the battle in Wisconsin is FAR from over.
Already Wisconsin state court judges have moved to delay implementation of these crucial reforms, and union-label lawyers are hoping it's only a matter of time until the entire law is completely GUTTED.
I know you're not surprised.
When all was said and done, the bill passed -- guaranteeing that most state and local government employees could not be fired for refusing to pay dues or fees to a union boss.
Not only that, the Wisconsin bill also sharply limited the government union hierarchy's monopoly bargaining power over the taxpayers.
The good news is, Foundation attorneys are prepared to file legal briefs to defend Governor Walker's reforms from erroneous Big Labor legal attacks that would jeopardize similar reforms nationwide.
Moreover, Right to Work supporters like you can help too by signing the Declaration of Support to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.
As you'll see, your signed Declaration will send a strong message to Governor Walker that he must not back down now against Big Labor as the fight reaches the courts.
So please, sign your petition today urging Governor Walker to:
1) PROTECT the new Wisconsin public-sector Right to Work law and stand strong as Big Labor goes all-out to restore its forced-dues privileges over Wisconsin's state and local government workers.
2) ENFORCE the bans on forced-dues and automatic paycheck deduction for most public employees.
Union officials should collect membership dues like any other private organization -- voluntary payments without relying on the government to be their bagmen.
3) PROSECUTE lawbreakers and vandals who flouted the law and common decency to protect the union bosses' power.
Peaceful events like citizen rallies are hallmarks of our republic, but violent threats against pro-worker freedom politicians, damage to public property, doctors faking sick notes for absentee teachers -- these are unacceptable!
4) DEFEND the reforms of government-sector monopoly bargaining from spurious legal assaults by union lawyers.
No matter what the union czars claim, freedom of association does not entitle them to steamroll over taxpayers with outrageous budget demands.
While it's vital Governor Walker defend the law in the courts, he won't be alone!
As I mentioned, Foundation staff attorneys are prepared to file legal briefs to rebut union lawyers' phony arguments.
You see, union lawyers will twist the English language beyond credibility.
Only a union lawyer would argue that freedom of association -- the right of individuals to voluntarily come together to express their opinions and petition the government -- gives union bosses forced-dues and monopoly bargaining powers!
After all, for decades the courts have upheld Right to Work laws while acknowledging the fundamental conflict between compulsory unionism and freedom of association.
And even though courts have never completely struck down forced-dues schemes, they've repeatedly made it clear that union bosses have no "right" to seize dues from unwilling workers.
In fact, Foundation staff attorneys have won at the United States Supreme Court cases on this very issue, winning the precedents that Governor Walker must now rely on to defend Wisconsin's reforms:
>>> Since the Foundation's 1976 victory in Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, the Court has repeatedly found that compulsory dues for politics violate the First Amendment rights of dissenting employees.
>>> In 2007, the Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Davenport v. Washington Education Association that, because unions have no constitutional right to collect fees from nonmembers, a state may require unions to obtain consent before spending nonmember government employees' forced fees on political activities.
>>> In Ysursa v. Pocatello Education Association (2009), the Court, relying on the Foundation-won precedent in Davenport, upheld 6-3 an Idaho law banning payroll deduction for union political dues from state and local government employees.
Unlike the law at issue in Davenport, Governor Walker's bill requires union bosses to collect ALL their own dues, making it not only better policy, but less vulnerable to legal attack.
But it's vital you and I do everything we can to help defend Wisconsin's government-sector forced-dues reforms from a full-on union lawyer blitz.
You see, pro-employee freedom legislators and governors in forced-unionism states are pushing for new Right to Work laws, while Right to Work states including Tennessee, Georgia, and Florida are all considering bills limiting or banning public-sector union monopolies.
But Big Labor wants to frighten them by showing how hard and costly a battle like the one raging in Wisconsin can be.
Please sign the Declaration of Support for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and consider a most generous and much-needed donation to the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation.
The Foundation must be prepared to defeat Big Labor's lawyers in Wisconsin and the other states.
Because your contribution is fully tax-deductible, I am hopeful you may consider chipping in $10 or more today.
A victory in Wisconsin will go a long way nationwide.
I hope you agree. If you do, please act right away.
P.S. Union lawyers are trying to undue Governor Scott Walker's forced-dues reforms in Wisconsin so they can clear the path for more forced unionism power grabs.
Please respond today by signing the Declaration of Support to Governor Scott Walker and chipping in with a tax-deductible contribution of $10 or more to help the Foundation defend laws that protect the freedom of government workers and reduce union bosses' power at the expense of taxpayers and ordinary citizens.
The National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organization providing free legal aid to employees whose human or civil rights have been violated by compulsory unionism abuses. The Foundation, which can be contacted toll-free at 1-800-336-3600, is assisting thousands of employees in nearly 200 cases nationwide. The Foundation's mailing address is 8001 Braddock Road, Springfield, Virginia 22160. Its web address is www.nrtw.org/.
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