Act 10 Completely Destroyed Unions Ability to Function, Yet WI Media Continues to Call This "Limited" | WisCommunity

Act 10 Completely Destroyed Unions Ability to Function, Yet WI Media Continues to Call This "Limited"

Scott Walker has created a system in Wisconsin where you’re actually treated worse by your government employer if you're a union member.  

Public unions can't collectively bargain with employers on anything.

Yes, they can "negotiate" a cost of living on their "base wage," but employers have been asserting that the base wage in most cases is actually less than the actual current wages-- so really the best you can do is negotiate a pay cut. Under this system, the employer has no incentive to reach a deal-- they know the union can't strike and there is no longer any binding arbitration. Employers can quit negotiating at any point and implement their last offer-- leaving the union completely toothless to do anything about it.

As if this was not enough, Walker also gutted the agency that enforces civil service laws, defunding in this budget the WERC, which enforces Wisconsin's workplace laws. And, of course, at the same time, Walker made public sector union organizing so difficult that it is almost impossible for these unions to maintain their existence. 

In fact, in some cases, Act 10 didn't kill unions by making them walk a maze without an end-- they just killed them outright. Take the case of AFSCME local 1942-- Act 10 specifically said this union of over 5,000 hospital workers had no right to be a member of a union. This union will completely disappear once their existing contract is up. 

Yet, the Wisconsin media continues to sugar-coat what Scott Walker has done with gross understatements, saying he "" or "" or union's collective bargaining rights.  This is simply not true. 

The only reasonable assessment of what Scott Walker has done is that he destroyed the public sector unions’ ability to function as a union.  Period.


August 1, 2013 - 8:52am