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February 22, 2011

Wisc. on minds, labor, tea party rally in Annapolis

Hoisting signs that read "we are all cheeseheads" and "solidarity," Maryland public-sector unions rallied today in Annapolis to show suppport for their counterparts in Wisconsin.

Nearby, tea party activists also gathered. Their signs, including one that read "broke means broke," expressed support for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is trying to end collective bargaining for that state's employees.

As The Sun noted in a story this morning, the efforts of Walker and Wisconsin's Republican state legislature would be unlikely to find much legislative support in deeply Democratic Maryland. But union leaders here say the discord reflects a rising national trend against government employee unions.

"There are sharp attacks on public workers in a number of states," said Fred D. Mason Jr., president of the Maryland and District of Columbia AFL-CIO. He pointed to layoffs, pay cuts and benefit reductions occurring in states across the country.

"Wisconsin just happens to be very blatant about what it is doing," he said.

Pictured: Maryland labor rally. More photos after the jump. 

Pictured: Tea party gathers in support of Wisc. Gov. Scott Walker (top), O.P. Ditch of Elkridge (middle), labor groups attract crowds and Democratic legislators (bottom). 

Posted by Julie Bykowicz at 12:45 PM | | Comments (5)


O'Malley: Lives in a different world, that planet is called MARYLAND and lately its politicians are doing things that are against the best interests of the citizens of Maryland . OMalley is the head of this Party and I am not referring to the democrats. I mean , for these people in Maryland Politics they are having a PARTY every day at taxpayers expense. what a tragedy. no justice in Maryland since only one party is controlling everything...the recent election
put Conservatives in Office all over the USA , IN LARGE NUMBERS REPUBLICANS WON STATE AND NATIONAL OFFICE... but not in Maryland. nope, I wonder why nothing ever changes in Maryland ? Is Maryland far away from the borders of America ? It seems to be the case. Odd really. How did Maryland become a state where the opposite of good is done every day by the Democrats in Annapolis . The Democrats pass laws or vote in the majority that deny the rights of Md citizens by voting down the bills of the minority Republicans or Conservatives in the State Assembly. It seems really sad.In such cases of sadness and failure we would usually just bail out of the lifeboat but where will Md citizens go? Where do we go to get away from the madness of democrat liberals as they pass new laws to rip us off with speed cameras at red lights and at schools ? Look at eastern ave going a block past north point blvd, (towards Balto city) they actually put school zone signs up on other side of 4 lane eastern ave. The signs saying you are in a school zone are a block apart-- entering speed zone ? entering ticket zone ? Is it a set up for the future speed cameras the baltimore county council said they will put everywhere ? yes it is a rip off and you citizens will be robbed by your own Democrat party while you try to simply drive your car . All they want is our money. Justice is damned in Maryland sick sick sick.
Democrat party just wants to take your money.- DERRUFO.

In recent years it was pointed out that it was difficult to get quality teachers due to the low pay. College graduates earned more in the private sector. Now we hear that somehow public workers are to blame for all woes. It is possible that tax cuts for the affluent are being funded by cuts to workers. These will need to be drastic cuts because the state workers do not make much money and the tax cuts were quite substantial.

Unions are hurting their cause in Wisconsin. Their attitude towards the taxpayer is simply disrespectful. More on my blog at

Are you sick of high paid teachers? Teachers’ hefty salaries are driving up taxes, and they only work 9 or 10 months a year! It’s time we put things in perspective and pay them for what they do - baby sit! We can get that for less than minimum wage.

That’s right. Let’s give them $3.00 an hour and only the hours they worked; not any of that silly planning time, or any time they spend before or after school. That would be $19.50 a day (7:45 to 3:00 PM

with 45 min. off for lunch and plan — that equals 6 1/2 hours).

Each parent should pay $19.50 a day for these teachers to baby-sit their children.

Now how many do they teach in day…maybe 30? So that’s $19.50 x 30 = $585.00 a day. However, remember they only work 180 days a year!!! I am not going to pay them for any vacations.

LET’S SEE…. That’s $585 X 180= $105,300 per year. (Hold on! My calculator needs new batteries).

What about those special education teachers and the ones with Master’s degrees? Well, we could pay them minimum wage ($7.75), and just to be fair, round it off to $8.00 an hour. That would be $8 X 6 1/2 hours X 30 children

X 180 days = $280,800 per year.

Wait a minute — there’s something wrong here! There sure is!

The average teacher’s salary (nation wide) is $50,000. $50,000/180 days = $277.77/per day/30 students=$9.25/6.5 hours = $1.42 per hour per student–a very inexpensive baby-sitter and they even EDUCATE your kids!)


ive got a novel idea regarding both education and government workers.let only those families with children in public schools have their property taxes go to pay school expenses. let those tax payors who need government services pay for them.

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Annie Linskey covers state politics and government for The Baltimore Sun. Previously, as a City Hall reporter, she wrote about the corruption trial of Mayor Sheila Dixon and kept a close eye on city spending. Originally from Connecticut, Annie has also lived in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where she reported on war crimes tribunals and landmines. She lives in Canton.

John Fritze has covered politics and government at the local, state and federal levels for more than a decade and is now The Baltimore Sun’s Washington correspondent. He previously wrote about Congress for USA TODAY, where he led coverage of the health care overhaul debate and the 2010 election. A native of Albany, N.Y., he currently lives in Montgomery County.

Julie Scharper covers City Hall and Baltimore politics. A native of Baltimore County, she graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 2001 and spent two years teaching in Honduras before joining The Baltimore Sun. She has followed the Amish community of Nickel Mines, Pa., in the year after a schoolhouse massacre, reported on courts and crime in Anne Arundel County, and chronicled the unique personalities and places of Baltimore City and its surrounding counties.
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