Wednesday, November 7, 2012

A reprieve for Wisconsin labor? |

WISCONSIN'S PUBLIC-sector workers may escape the brunt of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-union laws, thanks to a September court ruling. But with Walker and anti-union forces set to appeal the ruling, unions that represent government workers are still at risk of losing their right to collective bargaining. …. In the meantime, some public-sector unions took concessionary contracts before Act 10 came into effect. Madison-area unions, including AFSCME Local 60 and MTI, seized the opportunity to negotiate contract extensions without Walker's restrictions on collective bargaining.

SPECIAL NOTE: Exit polling in Wisconsin unfortunately still showed that 33% of households reporting that at least one voting member in union household's voted for republicans. This still remains puzzling to a majority of "Union" households that have experienced the fallout from legislative actions like Wisconsin ACT 10. Whether these union households that voted republican were the reason Wisconsin delivered the presidency to President Obama, but returned "absolute" majority control of Wisconsin State Government to republicans, again, remains unknown. However, it certainly had to help the republicans to regain absolute majority control. What remains really scary for Wisconsin union households, or at least 66% of union households is how Governor Scott Walker and GOP legislative leadership interpret the Wisconsin vote. If they interpret the Wisconsin vote as a "mandate" to continue their legislative assault on "union" workers, then does that mean they initiate their anti-collective bargaining attack on "private" union workers? One thing will be certain in Wisconsin, if they do, it is likely they failed to recognize the wrath and pushback they received when they attecked the public-sector union workers.

A reprieve for Wisconsin labor? |

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