Feb
14
2011

Scott Walker’s (R, WI) collective bargaining reforms.

This post by Ann Althouse on the anemic protester response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s budget plan – and it is an anemic response; it’s bad when you have to add a statue to your crowd in order to make your crowd look bigger – reminded me about Walker’s plan in the first place.  I got told about this actually by Kevin Binversie, who runs Lakeshore Laments, was recently involved in Ron Johnson’s successful Wisconsin Senate run, is a good guy, and who is unaccountably not being headhunted by DC Republicans*; Governor Walker’s plan is fascinating in its audacity.

Essentially, what’s happening in Scott Walker’s budget that has the public sector unions melting down is that he’s planning to strip some of them of some of their collective bargaining “rights.”  Specifically:

  • Collective bargaining to only be allowed for base pay.
  • Union dues not to be collected by the state.
  • Annual Secret ballots to keep unions certified.
  • UNION DUES TO BECOME VOLUNTARY.

There’s also the increasingly standard expectation (at least, among people who aren’t public sector union employees) that public sector union employees start paying into their own pension and insurance funds like the rest of us; also, Walker’s proposed union bargaining reforms will exempt cops and firemen.  All of this is to start addressing Wisconsin’s pressing deficit issues; and, given that the Republicans flipped the state legislature last November, this is being pushed to pass.  Quickly.  As in, this week.

Walker’s already alerted the National Guard in response to the expected reaction to such a bill passing, but if the above Althouse post is any indication then there’s some question of whether he should have bothered.  Although it is being reported that union thugs protested outside of the Wisconsin Speaker’s home; hopefully, there were no kids trapped inside the house waiting for the Mob to disperse.  This time.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

*What is up with that?

2 Comments

  • Stewart Hanegraaf says:

    It about time the public sector employees start paying out of their own pockets. I do not work in the public sector and I pay all of it out of my pocket in taxes. They have been spoiled way to long and do not realize the cost that we pay in taxes out of our pockets to subsidize their health and pension. The thing about it is, you do not hear them discussing that. with the reduction in Federal and Stated taxes that took place this month it should not be an issue for them. They should not complain when they are being put on a level palying field.

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