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February 23 2015

Washington Post: Walker’s Anti-Union Law Has Labor Reeling in Wisconsin

Charlotte Hays

Is the Washington Post secretly working for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker?

First, the Washington Post reports that Mr. Walker doesn’t have a college degree, thereby putting him in good company with the majority of Americans who have never written papers on Transgender Poetry or the Crusades as Western Genocide and thus like Walker lack college degrees.

And today’s Post revelation about Walker? Here’s the Post’s headline on the story:

Walker’s Anti-Union Law Has Labor Reeling in Wisconsin

Walker’s legislation required employees in public and education unions to pay slightly more for their retirement and health benefits, thus saving Wisconsin from the sort of public-union-triggered financial crises seen in other states and localities. It was the union campaign against Walker that led to the recall attempt, which ironically strengthened Walker when he survived it. Public sector unions enjoy a novel privilege: they “negotiate” with public officials, who are inclined to give them what they want because it is the taxpayers’ money rather than their own. Walker had the courage to take on public unions on behalf of Wisconsin’s taxpayers, stripping the unions of many of these public sector “bargaining” tools.

And as the Washington Post reports, the legislation has been a success—only of course in a tone of bewailing:

“I don’t see the point of being in a union anymore,” said Dan Anliker, a 34-year-old technology teacher and father of two in Reedsburg, a tiny city about 60 miles northwest of Madison.

The law required most public employees to pay more for health insurance and to pay more into retirement savings, resulting in an 8 to 10 percent drop in take-home pay. To help compensate for the loss, Anliker said he took an additional 10-hour-a-week job.

“Everyone’s on their own island now,” he said. “If you do a good job, everything will take care of itself. The money I’d spend on dues is way more valuable to buy groceries for my family.”

It is unfortunate—but hardly tragic—that Mr. Anliker had to take a part-time job, but it is good that he is paying for retirement and other benefits just a bit closer to what other Wisconsin citizens pay. It is also very good that he is not paying dues to a union that will donate to political candidates whose main goal is to enhance union power. One man quoted in the story actually complains that, after the Walker law, overtime is not assigned on the basis of seniority! Most Americans would consider that a move in the right direction—why shouldn’t the boss assign overtime based on other qualities?

Walker owes the Washington Post a thank-you note for its covert activities on behalf of his candidacy.



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