This mining bill has showed us two things. First, when Democrats claim they are for working people, it does not apply if you work in the private sector, or for a company not subsidized by the government. Second, private sector union workers are not important to big unions like the AFL-CIO.
People who voted against the mining bill claimed they wanted the mine, but they just wanted more environmental protections. They were being dishonest. One item that was demanded was allowing contested case hearings. This would have changed the bill to an anti-mining bill that guaranteed no mine would be built, but this of course is why they were demanding the change. Democrats opposing jobs is the norm these days. This is the party that tried to push extreme anti-manufacturing 'Cap & Trade' legislation in 2010. Although I disagree with the Democrats who just opposed the mine period, I respect them more. At least they are being honest about their position.
Last we week several unions put out statements of support for the mine after Gogebic Taconite LLC agreed that 95% of the jobs would be union jobs. If the leadership of the big unions like the AFL-CIO supported the mine, they could have easily gotten at least one Democrat to work seriously in support the mine. But they only care about making sure dues are mandatory for the public employees, so these jobs do not matter to them.
If you work in the private sector and vote Democrat, you need to ask yourself, "What are they doing to support you?" The deal they are offering is, you get higher taxes, less services, and an anti-business assault on private employment. All this in exchange for your support of better benefits for public employees.
Unfortunately, the losses last year in the state Senate recall elections have somewhat closed Wisconsin for business. This state Senate rejected over a billion dollars of investment in Wisconsin and thousands of jobs. Wisconsin will not truly be open for business until we get more support in the State Senate to be friendly to business that wants to invest in our state.