September 25, 2012
Gov. Walker Supports Union
In a man-bites-dog story, Wisconsin's Gov. Walker--not know for his pro-union tendencies--has come out in support of union workers in a labor dispute. What would make this happen? Football, of course. In particular, a highly questionable last second call by replacement referees that resulted in a Green Bay Packers loss. Just a reminder that labor disputes often depends on whose ox is being gored. Another reminder? The recent move by public teacher unions to support more Republicans (or, possibly, punish unhelpful Democrats).
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Even as a lifelong Chicago Bears fanatic (I sometimes play the "Super Bowl Shuffle" if I need an energy lift before an evening class), I have to feel for Packers fans.
As for Gov. Walker, he now opposes the very labor practices he favors? Sheesh. He's been watching too many Mitt Romney tapes on healthcare policy.
Can the labor movement use this fiasco as a way to educate America on the costs of using ill-prepped, un-ready replacement workers and of scorched earth labor negotiations even in the midst of highly profitable enterprises?
Posted by: David Yamada | Sep 25, 2012 9:30:39 AM