Gov. Scott Walker: Good on his unionbusting word

In December 2010, we warned that Scott Walker believed he could solve Wisconsin’s budget issues by taking away a voice on the job from working women and men. Four months into office, Gov. Walker is following through on his promise to attack Wisconsin’s working families.

Wisconsin’s Governor recently proposed cutting public employees’ pay - in some cases by over five percent, pushing more health care and retirement costs on workers, and virtually eliminating their right to collectively bargain over the terms and conditions of work. Forget any serious efforts at creating jobs for the people of Wisconsin; Walker’s actions are a childish attempt at political payback.

Fortunately, Wisconsinites aren’t easily fooled into thinking that the state’s nurses, teachers, and social workers caused the current budget problems. Locals – including current and former members of the Green Bay Packers – are standing up for the public servants who keep their communities running. And the truth is on their side: recent research by Rutgers professor Jeffrey Keefe shows that Wisconsin public employees are paid less than their private sector counterparts.

Even if you aren’t in Wisconsin to participate in the vigils, rallies, and protests this week, you can still add your voice. Join the thousands of concerned citizens telling Scott Walker that attacking the rights of workers to form unions and collectively bargain has no place in Wisconsin.

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7 Responses to “Gov. Scott Walker: Good on his unionbusting word”

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  3. Ihate you says:

    Unions are bullys - especially to small business. They also protect corruption and low quality work of their members. Fire department and police nion presidents in Albuquerque have recently acted like bullies and scum and published lies in the media. Take a look at the fans of APD facebook page and the union presidents comments about the death of a local lawyer. These people are leaders? They are idiots. Unions protect this kind of us versus them mentality. Unions may have had a place working for rights against big companies, but they just become power brokers on behalf of lazy government employees, protecting those that do lousy work. They have also become bullies and they want to institutionalize lousy, lazy work performance in small businesses everywhere. Thank you Americas unions.

  4. A stronger America starts with American workers…

    “I’m standing with the teachers, nurses, social workers, and everyone battling Wisconsin’s terrible anti-worker bill. If you’re with me, please spread the word.” Share on Facebook……

  5. Starr says:

    My cousin works for a snack company - big time snack company that has the worst working conditions! They are not a safe place to work, nor do they take care of their workers. There is no union there to help deal with this abuse or the rotten working conditions and demands on workers.

    My mother worked for factories a major part of her life. She dealt with good companies and horrible ones. More often than not, the worst places were the ones that didn’t allow unions or tried to keep unions from forming.

    Sure some union leaders have become corrupt, but good unions keep workers safe at the jobs, they make sure that the workers are not abused and are treated fairly.

    Don’t put all the unions into one big bushel basket…some bad apples shouldn’t mean dumping out all of them. Correct the issues and make things better. Don’t just gut the system and put nothing in it’s place.

    That’s not what we need right now.

  6. RogerF says:

    He may be good on keeping his word, but he’s also good on violating Federal Law, I do believe. Nobody - and certainly no state - is allowed to strip union members of their right to freedom of association, nor to discard federal law as though it were of no moment.

    http://topics.law.cornell.edu/wex/collective_bargaining:
    “In areas where federal and state law overlap,
    state laws are preempted. See, U.S. Constitution, Art. VI.

    The main body of law governing collective bargaining
    is the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA). It explicitly
    grants employees the right to collectively bargain and
    join trade unions.”

    Title 29, chapter 7, sec 157.
    “Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing, and to engage in other concerted activities for the purpose of collective bargaining or other mutual aid or protection, and shall also have the right to refrain from any or all of such activities except to the extent that such right may be affected by an agreement requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment as authorized in section 158 (a)(3) of this title. ”

    If the law passes and the guv signs it, the union members can sue the State of Wisconsin. And win. Damages could be in the BILLIONS, Guv.

  7. I hate you more says:

    I hate you(too)has a typical “tea-bagger” response who knows absolutely nothing about labor or anything else for that matter. To stereotype all union workers as “lazy” just validates the ignorance. The next time this idiot needs assistance from police or fire who’s he going to call? His definition of progress is a new SuperWalmart in town and getting work done on his house by some “small businness” owner who has nothing but illegal aliens that are grossly underpaid on the payroll.

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