Thu Feb 21, 2013, 10:34 AM
Scuba (40,721 posts)
Wisconsin Republicans fast-track bill that undermines private sector unions
Madison—A bill being rushed through the Republican-controlled State Legislature is an attack on private sector union bargaining rights, three legislators charged today.
The proposal, sponsored by State Senator Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) and Representative Ed Brooks (R-Reedsburg), would allow employers to reduce the hours of their union-represented employees without the union’s approval. Democratic legislators charged that the measure is the first blow in an effort to scale back private sector employee bargaining rights.
“Republicans began their war on bargaining rights with Act 10, and with this bill they have now turned their attention to private sector unions,” Senate Minority Leader Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said. “This bill is a clear opening shot at undermining private sector unions.”
“This is the beginning of ‘divide and conquer’ part two,” said State Senator Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point). “The Farrow-Brooks bill says that private sector unions shouldn’t be able to negotiate for their members. It’s one more step toward their goal of ending the right of Wisconsin citizens to have their voice heard in the workplace.”
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Thu Feb 21, 2013, 12:21 PM
milwaukeelib33 (129 posts)
3. Is there any fight/money left for uprising 2.0?
With public workers demoralized, their unions defunded and in decline, I don't sense what should be the natural reaction to this news: grab the torch and pitchfork and take to the streets!
Maybe public sector workers don't think their private sector brothers and sisters deserve their support. I hope that's not the case because I know personally many private unions stood side-by-side with the public unions in 2011 and through the recall. If so shame on them.