Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wisconsin's Governor Walker: Courageous. Right-to-Work is Born in the Badger State

Led by newly elected governor Scott Walker, the GOP majorities in the State Assembly and State Senate are poised to pass legislation that have these elements:
  • Public workers would pay half the costs of their pensions
  • Public workers would pay 12.6 percent of their health care coverage
  • State employees' share of pension and health care costs would go up by an average of 8 percent.
  • From RoadRunner blog
  • Unions still could represent workers, but could not seek pay increases above those pegged to the Consumer Price Index unless approved by a public referendum
  •  Unions also could not force employees to pay dues and would have to hold annual votes to stay organized. (Right-to-Work)
For this, the Wisconsin Education Union has called on teachers to come to the Capitol to protest, which has forced the closing of dozens of schools. Paid protesters are calling the governor a "dictator". Meanwhile, the President of the United States has characterized the governor's actions as an "assault" on unions. So much for using civil language.

Read the story here.


Anonymous said...

You conviently leave out the most important part. Governor Walker wants to eliminate collective bargaining. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Of course you won't approve my previous response as it is contrarian to your partial truths.

Scott said...

He is doing what the voters asked. Unusual, but refreshing. He will have a long and effective political career.

Anonymous said...

I live in Illinois but work in Indiana as a union boilermaker. If I could help support the cause to save the unions. I would like to know when there is a rally that I could attend.