3,200 members –
While it is wonderful to see the progression of liberty in Wisconsin as most of us are allowed to exercise our First Amendment right to belong to a private organization without the intervention of our government either way, there remains one bastion of forced unionization left untouched by both Act 10 and right to work. Police and firefighters are still forced to be in a union if they want to serve the public in either of those capacities.
When the new Legislature begins its session next year, it should take up the task of extending the same right to choose to police and firefighters as has been extended to the rest of Wisconsin’s workers….
A Dane County judge dismissed a lawsuit Monday by a conservative blogger that sought to void teacher contracts in the Madison School District.
I’ve always felt that he was a governor who did a conservative thing with the unions rather than a conservative governor who did a conservative thing with the unions.
Madison— Scott Walker has made busting up unions a signature element of his campaign. But what if the issue itself is something of a bust?
On Monday, the Wisconsin governor debuted his latest plan to curb union power, only to see it draw scant notice from the media and next to nothing from his rivals for the Republican presidential nomination.
Walker hoped the plan could help drive the 2016 discussion back to him, but in the three-hour GOP debate Wednesday, the proposal never came up. Walker didn’t even have much of a chance to mention it himself.
The governor is finding himself in a race that’s turning, at least for now, more on issues such as the terrorist threat from the Islamic State and President Barack Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran.
“If (the proposal) got attention, I missed it,” said Stephen Roberts, a former chairman of the Iowa Republican Party and Republican National Committee member from Iowa. “I don’t think it’s one of the things that people down here are focused on.”
Scott Walker decides to campaign on eliminating Federal employee unions.
Which to most people is 19th on a list of 10 serious and immediate problems.
To say that Walker is “ill-advised” doesn’t come close. I’m beginning to feel sorry for the guy.
If a plan is released during the campaign, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? –
Back to the one who brought him –
Via Jud Lounsbury.
Reagan had his showdown with the air traffic controllers after its members had gotten involved in an illegal strike.
As a former Hollywood actor and president of the Screen Actors Guild, Reagan supported the rights of federal workers to collectively bargain under somewhat different terms than those in Wisconsin. Reagan didn’t support their right to strike.
When Walker pursued Act 10, he did so not because public employee unions were violating the law or striking but instead because the governor saw them as holding up changes that he felt would benefit taxpayers and schools.
Transit union President James Macon said earlier Monday the drivers will go on strike beginning at 3 a.m. Wednesday.
He said 93% of the union’s membership was against a new four-year contract offer, adding that 92% voted to strike. This could lead to the first bus drivers’ strike in Milwaukee County since the late 1970s.
“The fact that Wisconsin has historically been strongly pro-union — indeed, the largest public services employee union, AFSCME, was founded in Madison in 1932 — only makes Walker’s triumphs that much more impressive to his fellow Republicans. This is something Walker will undoubtedly highlight if he runs for president. As he put it in his…
44% support new Wisconsin “right to work” law, 50% oppose it. #mulawpoll — MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) April 16, 2015
Freedom to Work from Governor Scott Walker on Vimeo.
Thanks in part to the Republican state legislature, the timing of the right-to-work law is most helpful: The bill-signing allows Walker to ditch a topic—foreign policy—that’s clearly still uncomfortable for him, in favor of the subject that won him national fame in the first place. Primary voters probably won’t care that the right-to-work law wasn’t…
Scott Walker signs bill, makes #Wisconsin 25th right-to-work state http://t.co/zhS4y0vLUw pic.twitter.com/Q76RNhEqNo — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 9, 2015
Gov. Walker scheduled to sign the right-to-work bill this a.m. http://t.co/eTj4cWx2pj We'll have updating coverage at http://t.co/zmo5OugV8O — Journal Sentinel (@journalsentinel) March 9, 2015
Gov. Scott Walker has said he will sign the bill into law on Monday, making Wisconsin the 25th state to adopt such a law. Via Assembly passes right-to-work bill after overnight session @ State Journal.
Assembly debate stretches into early morning on right-to-work bill http://t.co/FZlPhWBNGt pic.twitter.com/0tXbG8AJOY — Wis. State Journal (@WiStateJournal) March 6, 2015
“It is possible that if right to work is very unpopular among private sector (union) workers, it has the potential to create a little greater union solidarity between public and private sector workers, something that had been somewhat peeled apart during the Act 10 debate,” says Franklin. Via Walker’s support of right to work could…