The United Brotherhood of Carpenters and the Operating Engineers were not too proud to stand with Wisconsin’s governor after he stripped collective bargaining rights from the workers who teach their children.
They did it in 2013 – two years after he yanked public sector union rights and 1 year after he won a recall.
With the passage of “Right To Work” legislation in the Assembly, their union power, their workplace safety, their living wages, and their job security is about to be eroded, too.
They weren’t the only unions supporting Walker.
From the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign:
“Unions representing engineers, police, firefighters, plumbers, carpenters and other trades contributed more than $83,000 in 2013-14 to help reelect Republican Gov. Scott Walker, despite his successful 2011 effort to slash public employee collective bargaining rights and his support for a state right-to-work law.” – source
Why did they believe in him?
They thought bad things couldn’t happen to good white men?
Men who pay Guvna protection money and yell about spear fishing Injuns when Kathy Stepp pricks their ears just so?
Whichever the cause, the dividing and conquering happened as was foretold.
These unions served Walker well.
They are no longer useful.
They are discarded.
Remember when Walker used that phrase “It’s working“?
They were “worked”.
Image and excerpt below are from Scott Walker’s January 2013 Wisconsin State of the State speech:
“Joining me are Josh Dennis, Larry Youngs, Cindy Lafortune, Karl Krall, Richard Galarno, Curt Lusua, Adam Kaseno, Steve Anderson, Harold Wickman, and Ryan Haffenbredl. These operating engineers are members of Local 139, who are looking for work.
Also joining us tonight are carpenters and millwrights from northern Wisconsin locals of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, welcome Dana Tonnelli, Bob Polencheck, Charlie Steed, Al Ida, Dan Gillespie, Pete Langreck, David Grottke, and Jim Berrens.
Together, these folks are holding up the flag of the great State of Wisconsin. On the right side of the seal is the image of a miner. In the upper right corner are the tools of a miner. And on the top of the seal is a badger, which comes from the nickname given to early settlers who were miners. If any state can move forward with a way to streamline the process for safe and environmentally sound mining, shouldn’t it be the Badger State?”
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