[Wisconsin labor] activists who framed their mass protests in February and March of 2011 on constitutional lines, arguing that their rights were under attack, may well have understood the real issues better than the governor or his legislative allies.
John Nichols, Wisconsin Judge Rules Walker’s Anti-Labor Law Unconstitutional (via quickhits)
A spokeswoman for the coalition working to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says the group has collected 50,000 signatures in 48 hours.
United Wisconsin spokeswoman Meagan Mahaffey told The Associated Press on Thursday that the numbers are slightly ahead of their expectations.
Recall organizers need to average 9,000 signatures a day to get the 540,000 needed to force a recall election of the Republican governor. They want to go well above that number, however, in case some signatures are invalidated.
The recall drive began Tuesday and the deadline for returning the signatures is Jan. 17. It comes in response to Walker’s successful push to take away nearly all public worker bargaining rights.
Mahaffey says more than 20,000 people have downloaded petitions from the group’s website. (source)
› Hundreds of Thousands of Consumers, Billions of $$ Move to Credit Unions
WASHINGTON —- Reacting to rising fees at banks, hundreds of thousands of consumers have rushed to credit unions over the past four weeks, and have joined existing credit union members in depositing or shifting billions of savings to credit unions, according to estimates released today by the Credit Union National Assn. (CUNA), the nation’s largest credit union advocacy group.
Based on the responses of a nationwide survey of 5,000 credit unions, CUNA estimates that at least 650,000 consumers across the nation have joined credit unions since Sept. 29 (the day Bank of America unveiled its now-rescinded $5 monthly debit card fee). Also during that time, CUNA estimates that credit unions have added $4.5 billion in new savings accounts, likely from the new members and existing members shifting their funds.
The survey results also show that more than four in every five credit unions experiencing member growth since Sept. 29 attributed the growth to consumer reaction to new fees imposed by banks, or a combination of consumer reactions to the new bank fees plus the social media-inspired “Bank Transfer Day,” Nov. 5.
“Bank Transfer Day” urges consumers to transfer their accounts from banks to credit unions by Saturday, Nov. 5.
Rumors have been flying for a week that the Occupy protesters will be launching a nationwide general strike. We have been biting our tongue waiting for a formal decision.
Mother Jones tweets:
From our reporter at
#occupyoakland General Assembly just now MT @timmcdonnell: General strike passes with 1184 votes of approval
STRIKE APPROVED FOR NEXT WEDNESDAY! GENERAL STRIKE FIRST TIME IN THE USA SINCE 1946!
(The last American general strike was also in Oakland).
The strike will occur on November 2nd.
Occupy Wall Street in New York has also been considering a proposal for a general strike. And there are also rumors of a global general strike next year.