We all remember what happened last year, the teachers of the state, led by MTI, stormed the Capitol when ACT10 was introduced. Their actions gave power to the Wisconsin 14 to head to Illinois, thus denying the republicans a quorum and delayed the actual passage of ACT10 months when it was slated to pass in 3 days.
One of the (extremely minor) stories that came out of this period of Wisconsin History was that the teachers had to take unpaid sick days to protest at the Capitol( a practice by the way that can be traced back to 400 BC and the days of Socrates).
Regrettably, for the truth, and the people of Wisconsin, we have some very well funded(Koch/Bradley) fake “news” organizations in our state that are desperately trying to help the Walker Administration. One such shadow group of the right wing out of state billionaires is The MacIver Institute! . They looked for anything they could find at the time to attempt to discredit the protestors. Unfortunately for them, the protestors were nurses, police officers, teachers, fire fighters, etc… and it was hard for a bunch of paid lobbyists to find anything to discredit from this fine group.
So they did what the righties do best, they manufactured a story. Some teachers received an excuse for being sick(so they could take paid leave instead of unpaid leave, per their contract).
While most sane people do not pay much attention to what these fringe groups have to say, the union busting, GOP donating Wisconsin State Journal loved this (non) story. The WSJ not only ran with this (non) story,but they sued to get private medical records of all of the Madison teachers. Not only did they manage to get the private medical records of all Madison teachers, taxpayers in Madison, WI have to foot the bill, to the tune of $31,454.57.
Thanks guys its not like we have no other use for that money!
I wonder if the MacIver Institute, will be sending John Smalley and Scott Milfred Christmas Bonuses?
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