The company owner was asked what RTW had to do with his promise to add 100 workers. His answer...a word salad of Scott Walker talking points. A non-answer just like slick Scott. Here's WISC and Jessica Arp:
Right to work and Badger Meter, Walker's dream team is our nightmare:
Milwaukee: Today Governor Scott Walker signed so-called Right to Work legislation at the headquarters of Badger Meter, a company with a record of outsourcing Wisconsin jobs to Mexico while also benefiting from public development investments. Its CEO recently threatened to outsource 100 more jobs from Wisconsin if he did not get his way on the legislation. Governor Walker’s privatized jobs agency, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), has not closed loopholes which permit public economic development dollar to go to companies engaged in outsourcing.Badger Meter employees not Invited, embarrassment to company:
WSJ: Asked why few if any of his employees were at the signing ceremony, Meeusen said, “This is a Monday. It’s a work day. And most of them are working. I didn’t shut down the whole plant to bring them over here.”Stories like this are just starting to trickle out, and getting a lot of press:
But two employees taking a break outside the building said workers had been told not to attend the ceremony to avoid “embarrassing” the company. They asked not to be identified for fear of retribution.
That approach doesn't suit businessman James Hoffman, however.The president and owner of Hoffman Construction Co. of Black River Falls told lawmakers last month that the change could harm his business, since a union for heavy equipment operators runs training programs that provide him with workers.
Hoffman said he was considering adding workers in Minnesota now because of the right-to-work change, prevailing wage proposals and doubts about long-term funding for road building in Wisconsin.
"I am a fourth-generation family owner and am proud to say we have fifth-generation workers. We are a union shop by choice," Hoffman said. "Over time, right-to-work legislation interferes with my company's ability to have access to skilled, productive workers which I depend upon."
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