By: Danielle Lucibello
Walker severely restricted union power in Wisconsin and is now talking with the Trump administration about “how they may take bits and pieces of what we did” with the union law and civil service reform and “apply it at the national level.”
“It’s something the vice president has brought up before,” Walker told reporters following a speech in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. “It’s certainly something we’re willing to offer our assistance on, particularly if it helps not just the nation, but in turn improves our ability to be better stewards of the taxpayers here in Wisconsin.”
Maybe not cut off entirely, but severely limit your options.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker met with Vice President Pence to discuss how to apply his anti-union laws to the federal level. Under these laws passed in Wisconsin in 2011, public-sector unions in the state could not bargain over working conditions or pay increases higher than inflation, yet they pay more for health care and benefits.
Really, Walker? I will never understand why people try to destabilize unions. They were made for a reason (to negotiate proper working conditions, pay, hours…basically every aspect of a job to make sure their bosses weren’t screwing them over). And now they’re trying to take them away. Remember those history classes where they taught about the days when unions weren’t a thing? Are we really trying to go back to that? I’m pretty sure a lot of people died from horrible working conditions back then.
Of course, Wisconsin didn’t take this sitting down. As many as 100,000 people protested the law, and led to Walker’s recall election in 2012, which he somehow won? Unfortunately, the law still passed.
This led to Union membership in Wisconsin dropping 40 percent since then. Now, they only have 8 percent of their population in union jobs, lower than the national average which is around 10 percent.
Let us pray that Trump and Pence don’t pass this as a federal law. Otherwise, there will probably be a lot more people moving to Canada than just the celebrities and liberal whiners.
Let us know in the comments section what you think about this. Do you think unions are too powerful and need cutting down? Or are they fine the way they are? Or do they need more power and rights? We like hearing your voice too!