Saturday, February 19, 2011

What This Bill Will Do

Photo: Citizen Action of Wisconsin
Puddytat over at DailyKos has written a great piece about what this bill will do and what lawmakers like Wanggaard and Vos don't want you to know:

~Prohibition of any unions or collective bargaining for most state workers.  Those that continue to have any union representation at all will be limited to bargaining for wages only which will have a mandatory limit which will be set annually by the State Legislature. So, basically, the boss will tell you how much you are permitted to ask for.

~No collective bargaining over insurance (so employees can be given high deductible junk insurance with no say in the matter), benefits, pensions, holidays or personal days, vacation, working conditions, adequate staffing, class size, worker safety issues, mandatory overtime, shift selection, requests for days off, etc.

~Union dues would no longer be collected through payroll deduction so the unions would have to collect the dues themselves member by member.  On top of that, unions would need to recertify every year .  This is the same process that is used when employees band together to form a union in the first place;  a process already so onerous and difficult (therefore, profitable to the many union-busting firms across this country) that new unions and locals are rarely formed.

~The real hidden horror is that Scott Walker didn't stop with state employees, but extended the impact of the bill to all city, town, village, and county employee in the State of Wisconsin.  That's the real reason that thousands of public employees are in Madison.  It's why non-public employee unions are supporting us.  It's why students, patients, and citizens in general have joined us.

This isn't about the budget at all. It is union busting in it's most obvious form. KILL THIS BILL.