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Brewers' Counsell supports Wisconsin unions

Posted on: March 1, 2011 10:47 am
Posted by Matt Snyder

The situation with the Wisconsin union workers is the hot-button political issue at present, so it only makes sense Craig Counsell of the Brewers would weigh in -- he's been an official in the MLB Players Association for years and has played five seasons for Milwaukee.

The veteran has released the following statement:

"As a Major League baseball player for the Milwaukee Brewers who works in Wisconsin under a union contract and whose right to bargain collectively is guaranteed under federal law, I support the thousands of public sector employees who are threatened with the loss of that right under recently-proposed state legislation. These employees are real people with real families whose livelihoods, careers and futures are being jeopardized. I urge the government of Wisconsin not to take away this most basic of union and human rights."

Normally I'm not too keen on athletes injecting themselves into political matters, but -- no matter which side of the debate you agree with -- this makes some sense. Of course a high-ranking official in one of the most powerful unions in the nation, one that uses its collective bargaining power so effectively, is going to weigh in here.

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Since: Aug 4, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:16 pm

Brewers' Counsell supports Wisconsin unions

Fine twy,
You start paying taxes in that God-forsaken state and then talk.

Since: Mar 1, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:16 pm

Brewers' Counsell supports Wisconsin unions

Gee, I'm shocked.  A baseball player (union member will inflated pay, benefits, etc.) siding with other union members.  Will wonders never cease?  Here in the real world we struggle to stay afloat, worry about job security, and pay more and more each year for healthcare and our pension.  I'm still waiting for the 9% deduction in healthcare premiums Nobama promised...  Until then remember, just because you are an athlete with a boat load of money, it doesn't mean we need to hear your opinion.  Go TWINS!!!!

Since: Nov 8, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:06 pm

Retire at 50 - pension 'till 80

The only problem with what Wisconsin is trying to do - it exempts public safety employees.

Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:04 pm

Brewers' Counsell supports Wisconsin unions

Since how is the "right" to collective bargaining a "basic human right"?  Does that mean the 90% of the population not in a union is somehow being deprived of a basic human right?

Come on Craig.  Shut your mouth and play ball. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2011 12:04 pm

Brewers' Counsell supports Wisconsin unions

If they are smart, the Packers and Bucks would be also!  If these tea bagging wing nuts try to destroy the unions in their state that would drastically effect each sports team and their ability to negotiate with their respective owners...

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