Wisconsin Unions going all in

When it comes to opposing the BOLD budget repair bill put forth by Governor Walker the public sector unions are putting all the cards on the table.

The 97-union South Central Federation of Labor voted Monday night to prepare for a general strike that would take place if Gov. Scott Walker succeeds in enacting his budget repair bill, which would strip most bargaining rights from most public employee unions.

The strike would call for union and non-union workers in large swaths of the workforce to stop working, said Carl Aniel, labor federation delegate from AFSCME Local 171.

The strike could affect schools, governments and private businesses, but crucial life-and-death services would not be interrupted, Aniel said Tuesday morning.

“It doesn’t mean that everyone is going to stop working on a particular moment or day,” Aniel said. “It means that we are preparing so that the decisions are made in a very significantly different way so that it protects the people of Wisconsin.”

But some services would be shut down, he said. The labor group would still have to determine which services would be shut down, he added.

And according to BizTimes Daily:

other labor unions that would be affected by Walker’s bill also are pondering going out on strike if the proposal is approved.

Considering that Governor Walker has said layoff notices could start next week if the repair bill isn’t passed by Saturday is this idea supposed to change his resolve to restore fiscal stability to Wisconsin?

Perhaps the “rank and file” need to ask is this truly worth it in the long run?


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