Scott Walker: Are Private Sector Unions Still Your “Partner in Economic Development?”

Scott Walker and the opportunity to back up his statements about private sector unions.

"'From our standpoint, it's never going to get to me,' Walker said of right-to-work legislation in an interview with the Journal Sentinel on April 27. 'Private sector unions are my partner in economic development.'"

That’s from the May 10, 2012 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Walker also told the Journal Sentinel for a December 12, 2012 article that “it would hurt job growth in the state to have another round of bitter debate like the one that accompanied his mea sure in March 2011 to repeal most collective bargaining for most public workers, leading to the unsuccessful effort to recall him this year.”

Interesting words from a guy who introduced ALEC Right to Work legislation back in 1993. So we may certainly expect that the new legislation sponsored by state Republicans Paul Farrow and Ed Brooks (Senate Bill 26 and Assembly Bill 15) will be vetoed if/when it reaches Walker’s desk? Or shall we cynically assume that this will be signed because the word “union” doesn’t specifically appear, and therefore it literally isn’t about unions?

Perhaps the real question surrounds Walker's level of eagerness for a new round of protests around the State Capitol this spring. If this legislation gets to Walker’s desk and it's signed and protests occur, one has to wonder if every private union employee in the state is a Democrat and/or apathetic.

Guess we'll find out. Should be interesting.

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Keith Worst February 21, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Typical leftist. Fact is there isn't such a thing as a useful union worker. Governor Walker knows this. And as a business owner, I know this. Once the successful business owners of the state take total control and let these moochers who don't have the talent to own their own business in place we will all be sitting pretty. I fired 30 guys in 2012 and reduced wages 15% on the rest. Profits are soaring and I couldn't be happier. I'm not alone either. At the last WMC luncheon there was talk that really in the industrial sector we're well over employed and we can make some fat cuts this year.
Keith Worst February 21, 2013 at 02:57 AM
I think Bren s right and I'm glad. Such a lazy workforce in Wisconsin. You'll never compete with India with such attitudes. I know my company has been doing more work there and really it's the place we need to emmulate as a state. Such profits to be had.
GearHead February 21, 2013 at 03:43 AM
Relax Brian. Lyle is just throwing out one of his red herring arguments, to use one of his favorite expressions.
Steve ® February 21, 2013 at 05:55 AM
Wait!! Bren is a moderate! Oh right LOL that lie went right out of the window.
yomammy February 21, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Same thing as "minimum" wage. The prez wants to raise it to a "liveable" wage. Sorry, minimum wage is not to make big bucks and to be able to afford a house, car, cell phone, 50" plasma tv....its a stepping stone to paying for education, betterment, and getting job skills. You dont "deserve" S@#$. You EARN it.
FreeThought Troy February 21, 2013 at 01:22 PM
It is time to accept reality. Scott Walker has no interest in Wisconsin or what its interests are. He is solely interested in riding this TeaPublican, Conservative/Purist, train that only serves his national ambitions. He has no problem leaving the state in the same ruins that Milwaukee County is in when he left the County Executive role. He will finish his term – run for President – then settle into a nice multi-million dollar analyst role at FoxNews “preaching to the faithful.” Write some books, lecture tour… Hey, it’s good work if you can get it. All he has to continue to do is push an agenda that will destroy this state’s middle class. Thank you Scott Walker. May I have another?
Mr Lundt February 21, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Apparently FTT has missed the massive failure that is Obama. Massive sustained unemployment , stagnant wages , gas prices up almost 100% and healthcare that is more expensive and worse. All in the name of a phony fairness
Tansandy February 21, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Troy, for a minute I thought you were describing Al (I invented the Internet) Gore!
The Donny Show February 21, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Yeah, well back in 93 Walker said this.....I think this blog is the final proof the Walker has won. The only thing the whiners have now is something that happened 20 years ago. Support for unions? GONE! Support for Walker? ALL TIME HIGH (thanks recallers!) Deal with it.
The Donny Show February 21, 2013 at 02:36 PM
Just wait until ObamaCare hits and everyone dumps their insurance because you can go get it back when you are sick.
Greg February 21, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Obamacare is the big knife in the heart of the private sector unions, and they know this. It seems like the unions bosses, the Democrats, are looking for any issue to shift the blame of the private union demise. SB26 is being used both as a scapegoat and as a smoke screen to make the unions look like they are still needed. The unions should be using this time and effort to remake themselves to be of value to their members, but faking it is easier.
Steve ® February 21, 2013 at 04:14 PM
I was at a dinner the other night with Scott Walker. Our appetizer was minority babies that had passed from co-sleeping or late term abortions. I've never had so much energy after that meal. Thanks Scott!
Steve ® February 21, 2013 at 04:16 PM
Back in 2008 Obama said it was necessary to spread the wealth Back in 1988 Obama was first attending Rev. Wright's radical church He was still attending in 2008
Brian Dey February 21, 2013 at 06:49 PM
And still, the author or anyone drinkingfrom leftwing utopian fountain cannot explain how these bills are for union busting... Hmmm...
Greg February 21, 2013 at 07:16 PM
As I understand it as an example, if a business with 100 employees faces a temporary setback and must reduce its work force by 20 percent, the employer has no choice but to layoff 20 employees. Under a Work Sharing program, an employer facing the same situation could file a Work Sharing plan reducing the work week of all employees from five days to four days (a 20 percent reduction). The employees would be eligible to receive 20 percent of their weekly unemployment insurance benefits. Under this plan everyone benefits. The employer is able to keep a trained work force intact during a temporary setback while no employees lose their jobs. Are we really going to have protests over this? If this is such a massive issue we really for the unions, we really do need Right To Work laws in Wisconsin.
Greg February 21, 2013 at 07:34 PM
I thought Lyle's question was valid. These are some of the things that should have been presented in the original blog posting. I would have expected more from Bren than the "ifs" that were presented, but Bren has a tendency to be lazy at times.
AWD February 22, 2013 at 12:58 AM
Mr. Lundt, very good point. We are starting to see the beginning of an age of darkness the likes of which America has never seen before. Obama's America will become a festering fruit abandoned in the muck and rain, once plentiful, ripe, and full of life, soon to be unpalatable.
c February 22, 2013 at 01:18 AM
God what a dunce, never seen such embarrassingly stupid comments as what nothought Boy has written here.
Django Freeman February 22, 2013 at 04:01 AM
What say should the union have if an employer wants to cut their hours? I don't get your argument/rant...
Greg February 22, 2013 at 03:09 PM
So Bren dumps this load and then never comes back to clean it up? Nice!
Steve ® February 23, 2013 at 04:17 AM
Brenda Why U Type Lies Then Run Away ?
Greg February 24, 2013 at 01:23 PM
Can we get an update on the new round of protests?
morninmist February 24, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Everything Walker touches, turns to poop!! @Progress2day Wisconsin's private-sector job creation slowed, census data shows http://www.jsonline.com/business/states-privatesector-job-creation-slowed-census-data-show-k18somg-192535071.html … #wipolitics
Mr Lundt February 24, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Walker touched the state budget and managed to clean up after the children.
Brian Dey February 24, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Brian Dey February 25, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Still waiting for Bren's explanation of how these bills further destroy unions...Pretty simple; Bren has nothing.
morninmist February 25, 2013 at 10:29 PM
Walker and WI republicans are a crappy example for our children! @gjzielinski BREAKING-7th Circuit panel rules @wisgop committed "fraud, misrepresentation or misconduct" in illegal redistricting case. http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/federal-panel-opens-gop-computers-in-wisconsin-redistricting-case-mv8u03q-193105171.html Madison - A federal court gave groups suing the state broad access Monday to three computers used by the Legislature to develop Republican friendly voting maps. The Legislature "must make these three computers available in their entirety immediately" to the groups suing the state, the three judges wrote. "The computers are extremely likely to contain relevant and responsive materials that should have been disclosed during pretrial discovery. Moreover, Plaintiffs have established that substantial numbers of documents were not disclosed, which satisfies the court that some form of 'fraud, misrepresentation, or misconduct' likely occurred," the unanimous opinion said. The ruling provided the latest setback for Republican lawmakers, who have consistently resisted releasing documents in the case. It will give the plaintiffs a chance to determine whether legislators and their attorneys improperly withheld additional documents before the case went to trial.
Greg February 25, 2013 at 10:54 PM
"Walker and WI republicans are a crappy example for our children!" Good thing we have Barry and Hillary showing them how to really lie. Fast and Furious and the Libya attack were excellent examples for the kids. How many Americans have died from redistricting?
Luke March 02, 2013 at 12:35 PM
Boy, I wonder if there have been any developments involving that John Doe and Scott Walker. After all, the Patch has never hesitated to report on even the slightest hint of negative news regarding the John Doe. I guess there must be nothing to report.
morninmist March 02, 2013 at 04:35 PM
oh scooty--some day your sneaky antics will come to light. One Wisconsin Now @onewisconsinnow Interesting nugget here, @GovWalker opposes release of #JohnDoe investigation records goo.gl/QxZqi #wiunion #stillstonewalling


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