Spirit of Madison
February 15, 2011 11:45 AM
Governor Scott Walker's attempt to turn back four decades of municipal labor peace has made this a sobering week. I spent yesterday morning going over the proposal with our City Attorney, Human Resources Director and others. The more we learn, the worse it gets.
But there were a couple of bright moments in an otherwise dark day. Our local firefighter and police unions both refused to go along with the governor's proposal even though he singled them out for special and favorable treatment. Their response was 'thanks, but no thanks, governor, we're sticking to the union'. Good for them.
When I finished my morning meetings on the issue I got a chance to go over to Olbrich Park for the annual thank you luncheon for Olbrich volunteers. It was the biggest one yet. I thanked the volunteers and staff for all the great work they do for the park. And I was reminded that the generosity of these volunteers, like the gracious action taken by the firefighter and police unions earlier in the day, is the real spirit of Madison. It looks like we're in for a mean season of roll backs in all kinds of progressive policies on the state level. But if we stay true to the progressive spirit of Madison, we'll find our way through this.