John Manke is an active former Bay View resident who is involved in numerous neighborhood organizations, including the Bay View Historical Society, the Humboldt Park Fourth of July Association and the Shore Shore Farmers Market. He believes Bay View has a fine tradition in its past that we do not want to lose in the future.
We wish to thank all of our unions that have stood by us over the years. Without their actions,. would we have workmen's compensation, unemployment compensation, sick day pay, vacation time, 8-hour day or overtime pay. Without our unions, like it was in the 1880's, a boss could fire a man for simply being too sick to work. If the boss did not like you, you would be replaced at any time that he wanted to do this. It seems that Scott Walker is turning back the clock and reducing women's rights and the right to organize as a union. They seem to like returning to how things were like in 1886, when women had no right to vote, and management could do as he wanted concerning workmen's rights and compensation. In 1886, men went on strike to try to obtain an 8-hour workday. They also needed compensation laws to protect them from greedy bosses and their armed enforcers. If this is what you want, then support the political party in office now. If you would like to see unions and workers rights and compensation, then support the other political party. Remember, Scott Walker has been known to give get-out-of-jail-free passes to his supporters and workers. ( Just like the old bosses in 1886 did to their enforcers. ) When the next elections come, you will know who you want to vote for. You are not a puppet on a string, use the power of your vote to choose the person who you want to be elected to any political office. You have a choice in this matter. Use it wisely.