DAILY WISCONSIN

Unions

Freedom of Association

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….

Via Choice spreads throughout Wisconsin @ Boots & Sabers.

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.

Ignored

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.”

Via Walker’s renewed emphasis on unions not getting traction @ JSOnline.

Unlike Reagan

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.

Via Gov. Scott Walker, Ronald Reagan, and two Republican stances on unions @ JS All Politics Blog. 

Unions

“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…