Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has announced a plan to end collective bargaining rights for public employees working for the state.
I’m no legal scholar, but this strikes me as a flagrant violation of the 1935 National Labor Relations Act, which states in Section 7 (§157) of “Employee Rights”: “Employees shall have the right to self-organization, to form, join, or assist labor organizations, to bargain collectively through representatives of their own choosing”.
Am I missing something here?
To make matters worse, he told his troops to be ready with the guns: “Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond if there is any unrest among state employees in the wake of his announcement that he wants to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights.” (TPCQ: “The army? What am I, Oswalt here?”)
Oh, It’s On!
Walker is apparently ready for a legal challenge:
Secunda said unions may also argue there is a “constitutional right to collectively bargain,” and that the government is interfering with those rights.
Walker said he’s consulted with attorneys and, while he expects unions to sue, he feels confident the state would prevail.
“There’s absolutely no grounds for it,” Walker said of labor lawsuits. “As long as we’re not terminating an existing contract, which we aren’t.”
But as I understand it, this has nothing to do with the US (or Wisconsin) Constitution, nor is it related to existing contracts. It’s about the 1935 National Labor Relations Act. Right?
In 1937, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said:
The right to bargain collectively is at the bottom of social justice for the worker, as well as the sensible conduct of business affairs. The denial or observance of this right means the difference between despotism and democracy.
You’re not a despot, are you Mr. Walker?
Speaking of Walker’s good decisions, check out this ad he ran during the campaign. (Keep in mind that his opponent,Tom Barrett, had been severely beaten by a man with a tire iron at the Wisconsin State Fair one year earlier.)
Stay classy, Scott!
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