2/16/11

Divide and Conquer

Modernized labor-state bargaining proposal exempts most-costly public hogs
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was in Wausau today defending his proposal to strip most collective bargaining rights from public employees.

As protesters gathered in the Capitol rallying against the plan, Walker was at Wilson-Hurd Manufacturing in Wausau, again outlining his plan to limit unions’ negotiating powers. Unions representing police and firefighters, including the Wisconsin State Patrol, are exempted from Walker's plan.

Some Democrats have charged that the exemption is political payback for several police and fire unions' endorsements of Walker in the general election. After a brief meeting with about 25 Wilson-Hurd employees, Walker said the accusation isn't true.

The governor declined to answer questions after the meeting about a criticism leveled by some Democratic opponents of his plan: that his eventual goal is to make Wisconsin a “right-to-work” state in which payment of union dues can’t be made a condition for employment.
(from wausaudailyherald.com)



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