lying with flees

The Wisconsin Fleebaggers keep saying that all they want is for Governor Scott Walker to come to the table and negotiate on his budget-repair bill, and they’ll end their hostaging of Wisconsin government. However, new e-mails released by Walker’s office show that the governor has negotiated on key aspects of his union reforms, perhaps to an extent that might make his supporter nervous:

Gov. Scott Walker’s office released documents Tuesday showing he’s willing to give on some points of his union bargaining bill to break the Capitol standoff and bring Senate Democrats back from Illinois

This directly refutes the notion pushed by the state Senators who fled the state that Walker has unilaterally refused to bargain with them. In fact, here are the specific proposals offered by Walker as a compromise:

• Public employee union bargaining over wages would no longer be limited to the rate of inflation.
• Unions would be allowed to bargain over certain economic issues, including mandatory overtime, performance bonuses, hazardous duty pay and classroom size. On this set of issues, both labor and management would have to agree to discuss them for bargaining to happen.

• Unions could bargain over workplace safety, but that would be limited to workers’ physical health and safety. It would not allow bargaining over hours, overtime, sick leave or family leave, work schedules or vacation.

• Unions would have to vote every three years to remain active, with the first of those votes coming within one year of the bill becoming law. The current version of the bill would require unions to vote to recertify every year – starting this April – and require them to get at least 51% of workers’ votes.

• Employees of the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics Authority would not lose all union bargaining rights.

• The Legislature’s budget committee would have to approve changes to state health programs for the poor sought by the Walker administration. The budget-repair bill gives Walker broad powers to reshape those Medicaid health programs, which cover more than 1 million state residents.


  1. Clinically Insane
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 1:03 pm |

    that Walker is negotiating at all with these traitors makes him repulsive.

  2. Laurence
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 2:55 pm |

    I think the most important issues are to allow workers to opt out of the union and to make the union collect its own dues. This would weaken unions over time and allow other sensible measures to be adopted in the future.

    I will gladly take Walker over the pols who tried to ram sweetheart deals with the unions before he took office. Walker only has so much political capital and he is fighting an uphill battle against the left wing media.

  3. Posted March 9, 2011 at 4:47 pm |

    Well, I guess Walker and Crew got fed up with it. They sent the bill to Committee, removed the obviously fiscal parts and sent the rest (the toothy stuff against collective bargaining and the like) to the State Senate…where it passed as of about 15 minutes ago.

  4. Gwillie
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 5:31 pm |

    Democrats Compromise proposal = Do it our way
    MSM report = Republicans refuse to Compromise
    No need to tell the truth when the only the lie will be reported.

  5. MCPO
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:18 pm |

    I admire what the Wisconsin Republicans are doing in the face of physical intimidation.