Monday, July 22, 2013
Congratulations to Paul Secunda, who is quoted extensively in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about Governor Scott Walker's evisceration of public sector unions in Wisconsin Here's an excerpt:
Walker rejected any suggestion that he had effectively handicapped the once-powerful labor groups with his legislation.
"People said at the time, 'Oh, you're trying to get rid of the unions,'" Walker recalled. "I said, 'No, I'm trying to have them show value.' Workers are making their value assumptions."
One labor law expert challenged Walker's statement on his motives.
"Absolutely disingenuous," said Paul Secunda, an associate professor at Marquette University Law School.
Secunda, who hasn't given to Democratic or Republican candidates in recent years, said it's clear that Act 10 was part of an orchestrated effort to undermine public employee unions, noting that GOP governors in Indiana, Ohio and Michigan had made similar proposals.
Walker's plan, the professor said, contains such punitive measures as requiring unions to recertify annually and barring employees from paying their union dues through payroll deductions.
Beyond that, the governor reduced the importance of these unions by prohibiting collective bargaining on anything but wage increases — and then only up to the rate of inflation. Secunda said even those public employees who agree with the idea of unions must be asking why they should pay dues to get the same pay raise as everybody else in government.
"It's not about liking or disliking unions," Secunda said.