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Democratic U.S. Senate candidate John Fetterman told a packed Pennsylvania gymnasium Sunday that he will support eliminating the filibuster to protect abortion rights if elected in November, drawing a sharp contrast with Republican opponent Mehmet Oz and clearly laying out the stakes in the critical battleground with the midterms just weeks away.

“Should this decision be made by Dr. Oz?” Fetterman asked the roughly 3,000-strong and enthusiastic crowd, which replied with a forceful “no!”

“It should be left to a woman and a real doctor,” said Fetterman, the lieutenant governor of Pennsylvania, one of a handful of states where Democrats hope to flip Senate seats in November. “Send me to D.C. and you will know I will be there to be that vote to scrap the filibuster and codify Roe v. Wade.”

Fetterman’s campaign, which is currently leading in the polls, has sought in recent weeks to highlight Oz’s position on abortion, particularly in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June decision overturning Roe and imperiling reproductive rights across much of the country.

That ruling has angered and galvanized people nationwide, with abortion rights groups taking coordinated legal action to protect fundamental freedoms and demanding urgent action from legislators who have thus far failed to codify abortion rights at the federal level, blocked by Republicans and right-wing Democrats. Groups in Pennsylvania say they’ve seen a jump in registered voters since June, many of them young women.

“Women are the reason we can win,” Fetterman said during Sunday’s rally at Montgomery County Community College. “Don’t piss women off.”


Paul ADK

Those chickens keep coming home to roost.


T and R x 2, Ms. Benny!! 🙂


UW Health nurses, administrators reach tentative deal to avert strike

David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal , Alexander Shur | Wisconsin State Journal 10 hrs ago

David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal , Alexander Shur | Wisconsin State Journal
UW Health nurses and administrators have reached a tentative agreement to avert a strike that was scheduled to start Tuesday, a source said Sunday.

Gov. Tony Evers hosted the parties at the governor’s mansion for “hours of negotiation,” where they reached a proposed deal, a source with knowledge of the discussions said.

Spokespeople for UW Health and the union trying to organize the nurses, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, would not confirm an agreement late Sunday afternoon.

On Sept. 3, UW Health nurses gave administrators an official notice of their plan to strike Sept. 13-16, saying they seek quality patient care, safe staffing and recognition of their union.

The 10-day notice, required by labor law, came after nurses said the previous week they voted to strike unless UW Health administrators agreed to recognize and bargain with their union, a request they have been making since December 2019.

“I’m striking to take a stand for quality patient care for my community and the well-being of frontline nurses,” Amanda Klinge, a nurse in the orthopedic trauma unit at UW Health, said in a statement. “When my nurse colleagues and I see potentially preventable patient care problems occur day after day because of extreme understaffing, it is damaging to our psyche and our very soul.”

SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin has said UW nurses “have been struggling with a dangerous crisis of understaffing, turnover, cuts, exhaustion and burnout, which has been aggravated by the pandemic and puts patient care at risk.”

UW Health said the strike would be “unpleasant for patients and for our staff but we will get through it.” The organization said it was “ensuring patient care is impacted as minimally as possible” and a strike would “do nothing to alter the legal uncertainties surrounding the health system’s ability to collectively bargain.”

Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s signature legislation, Act 10, banned collective bargaining for most public workers except for cost-of-living pay increases. At the time, UW Hospital administrators said the law abolished unions at the hospital even though they didn’t seek that action. In 2014, when a contract for about 2,000 nurses and therapists represented by SEIU expired, they lost the union.

In December 2019, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic began, nurses announced they were restarting the union and asked the UW Hospital Board to voluntarily recognize it. The board and hospital leaders have repeatedly said the law doesn’t allow them to recognize and bargain with the union.

Unlike other public employees affected by Act 10, UW Hospital workers are not state or municipal employees. When the hospital became a public authority separate from the university in 1996, it acquired its own special status. How Act 10 and other laws apply to that status has been the subject of various legal memos.

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David Wahlberg | Wisconsin State Journal
After two memos last year from the nonpartisan Wisconsin Legislative Council appeared to reach different conclusions, Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul in June said the hospital can contract with its employees and set their terms of employment through a voluntary collective bargaining process. Kaul’s nonbinding opinion came at the request of Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.

UW Health last week said: “The Attorney General has said he believes we can, but by his own admission states that his opinion is not law and that only the courts or the legislature can provide a conclusive answer.”

In January, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin said it gave UW Health CEO Dr. Alan Kaplan more than 1,500 cards signed by nurses supporting a union. SEIU says 2,600 nurses at UW Hospital would be in the bargaining unit.




Gee, perhaps Biden should try a few more of Bernie’s suggestions?


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