Talking Points Memo had this amazing new development that might just be another domino to fall. From Channel3000 as well, Behold:
Tensions remained high in Wisconsin on Sunday as Gov. Scott Walker (R) remained in a standoff with state public employees unions and Democratic legislators over a proposal that would … strip state employees of most of their collective bargaining and union rights.
In one development, one of the unions that did support Walker in the 2010 election, the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association (and would benefit from his plan)-- has released a statement repudiating the union's endorsement.
"I specifically regret the endorsement of the Wisconsin Trooper's Association for Gov. Scott Walker," executive board president Tracy Fuller writes in a statement dated February 16. "I regret the governor's decision to 'endorse' the troopers and inspectors of the Wisconsin State Patrol. I regret being the recipient of any of the perceived benefits provided by the governor's anointing. I think everyone's job and career is just as significant as the others. Everyone's family is just as valuable as mine or any other persons, especially mine. Everyone's needs are just as valuable. We are all great people!!"According to the WLEA website:
When he was Candidate Walker, he never talked publicly about union dismantling during the campaign. As Governor Elect Walker, he brought the subject up publicly during a luncheon at the Milwaukee Press Club on December 7, 2010. It was reported in many papers across the state. His anti-union stance wasn’t a surprise, but the introduction of this radical change caught many people off guard, including people who actually voted for him during the election.
Maybe this comment cemented it:
Walker appeared this morning on Fox News Sunday, and had some very harsh words for the unions' benefits packages.
"If we're going to be in this together, (cut) our $3.6 billion budget deficit, it's going to take a whole lot more than just employee contributions when it comes to pensions and health care," Walker said. "But it's got to be a piece of the puzzle because as I saw at the local level, it's like a virus that eats up more and more of the budget if you don't get it under control."
The budget proposal includes other provisions to strip the public employee unions of power, as well -- notably getting rid of the state's process of automatically collecting compulsory union dues from state paychecks. Furthermore, the proposal would require the unions to win a new certification election every year in order to maintain their representation.
According to the Associated Press: "The proposal would effectively remove unions' right to negotiate in any meaningful way. Local law enforcement and fire employees, as well as state troopers and inspectors would be exempt."
The full statement can be found at www.wlea.org.
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