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1/25/2013 9:46:00 AM
Union officials need to rethink their position

To the Editor:

Organized Labor’s attempts to overturn Wisconsin’s collective bargaining reforms have now been rejected at both the ballot box and in the courtroom (“Federal Appeals Court Upholds Act 10 in its Entirety,” Jan. 22). 

Rather than continue fighting such reform, union leaders should re-evaluate whether they’re fighting for themselves or for their members.

Union officials continue to oppose reforms that the general public – and even their own members – agree with. This includes the secret ballot, mandatory recertification every three years, and prior approval by employees for the use of dues for political purposes. 

All of these reforms would keep unions focused on the needs of workers rather than on politics and power struggles.

The Employee Rights Act would guarantee these protections, as well as others. 

Union officials should rethink their opposition to the bill, unless they want to continue to be on the losing side.

Richard Berman
Executive Director
Center for Union Facts
Washington, D.C.

Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Article comment by: Gary Meinert

Mr. Hansen: Regarding your mention of "Right to work" states. I think that's a benefit for the workers in those states. Those states have lower unemployment and equal or higher wages than others. OSHA and a dozen other federal and state agencies take the place of union stewards lodging complains etc. Frankly, there is really no need for private unions except as a social club for their members. It's evident when only 6.6 % of workers in the private sector are unionized. Their days are numbered as will the public union control over citizen's taxes. It's hard to debate against facts.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Kay Samz

Richard Berman is a front man for billionaires like the Koch brothers and the Widow Henrichs. He's got several different organizations but in general supports anything anti-worker, anti-environment, and is an advocate for voter suppression, big pharma, big oil, big banks, and welfare for billionaires and huge corporations. It's not a surprise he's coming out in support of the Koch brothers puppet, John Doe Walker. I wonder when the Republican legislation will officially change this state's name to WisKochsin? Here's info on him but lots more available on line.


And to save all the Obama haters and Foxies out there the time and effort to reply...George Soros, George Soros, George Soros, Fast and Furious, and Benghazi. George W Bush good, Obama bad! Does that about cover it?

Posted: Saturday, January 26, 2013
Article comment by: Chris Hansen

I noticed you conveniently left out collective bargaining. There was absolutely no reason to eliminate collective bargaining when all the unions were willing to make the extra contributions. But eliminating collective bargaining would accomplish Walker's goal of making this a right to work state. In the process, he knew it would destroy a political enemy as well. Everyone remember his little kissy face with Diane Hendricks? The elected leader of our state, before he even took office, had a strategy to "divide and conquer." Some leader that guy is. I find it hilarious that you think Governor Walker has done more for me as a worker than my own association. Give me a break.

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