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BBC News reported there could be a shutdown as the unrest is spreading. Could this be a further crisis to add to the current Global problems. The US to my knowledge has not seen Union Militancy on this scale. Maybe when the cuts really hit hard here our Unions will follow their American cousins. ;)

US union protests: Demonstrations move beyond Wisconsin

Union unrest is spreading through the mid-western US, as labour activists in at least three states protest against pending anti-union legislation.

Thousands of protesters were expected to gather in Ohio and Indiana and, for the second week in a row, Wisconsin.

Republican-led governments there have argued the moves are needed to balance state budgets wracked by deficits.

But Democratic-leaning unions say fiscal woes are being used as an excuse to erode collective bargaining rights.

'Anti-worker agenda'

In Indiana, local media reported that House Democrats were leaving the state to block votes on labour bills.

The Indiana House came into session on Tuesday morning with only two of the 40 Democrats present, depriving the chamber of a quorum to do business, the Indianapolis Star newspaper reported.

The Republican-led Indiana state government has vowed to push a bill that would curtail private-sector unions by forbidding employers from requiring workers to pay union dues, a standard provision of union labour contracts.

In Ohio, between 4,000 and 20,000 labour union activists and supporters were expected to rally in the state capital of Columbus on Tuesday.

They will protest against legislation backed by Republican Governor John Kasich that would restrict public employees' collective bargaining rights.

"This isn't just public-service workers," Andy Richardson, a spokesman in Ohio for labour union AFL-CIO, told the Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

"It's students, community leaders, faith leaders, your neighbours and others who are concerned about this bill and the general anti-worker agenda of Kasich and his allies."

Budget deficit

In Wisconsin, Republican Governor Scott Walker on Tuesday threatened to begin involuntary redundancies of state workers as early as next week if the legislature did not soon approve a bill stripping them of most collective bargaining rights.

He has said he will not back down in the face of tens of thousands of union workers and their supporters who have massed in the capital since last week.

The bill Governor Walker and the Republican legislative majority back would also require state workers to contribute more to pension and healthcare coverage.

It had been expected to pass the legislature last week, but in a move intended to stall the bill's passage and force its backers to negotiate, Senate opposition Democrats left the capitol, denying the Senate a quorum needed for a vote.

They have fled to neighbouring Illinois and have said they will not return until Mr Walker agrees to talks.

Wisconsin faces a $3.6bn (£2.23bn) budget deficit in the coming two-year period. The public employee bill is expected to save $300m in that period

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First off Who cares.

Secondly How is this going to effect the UK house price crash?

When our cuts hit hard and the UK Unions follow their American cousins watch and wait as unrest spreads rapidly.

BTW this Main Forum also covers the Economy. ;)

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When our cuts hit hard and the UK Unions follow their American cousins watch and wait as unrest spreads rapidly.

BTW this Main Forum also cover Economics. ;)

And this is not economics it is current affairs.

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And this is not economics it is current affairs.

Yes, it is current affairs, but possibly a nascent realisation by the proles that we have been taken for a ride by the ruling classes.

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Always gonna happen. Everybody knows that to get wealthy you don't invent a better mousetrap or provide goods and services people want, you stamp your feet and demand the all powerful government gives you what you want.

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Glad it`s been moved just to keep ralphmalph happy. :rolleyes:

Rather proving the point made in Injin's post below... ;)

ralphmalph, are you really that insular that you don't see why this news isn't economic? What do you think the unrest is about? Lack of Natalie Portman workout videos?

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  • 309 Brexit, House prices and Summer 2020

    1. 1. Including the effects Brexit, where do you think average UK house prices will be relative to now in June 2020?


      • down 5% +
      • down 2.5%
      • Even
      • up 2.5%
      • up 5%



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