By Kenneth Quinnell
In a new ad, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker misleads the public about not only his assault on the working families of his state, but about his record on jobs. Walker's record has him in the middle of a massive recall effort that gathered significantly more signatures than needed from Wisconsinites fed up with his right-wing agenda. He said that his administration made "hard choices," without saying that one of those hard choices was his collective bargaining assault. And text on the screen says that he saved union jobs. He also leaves out the fact that his administration has the country's worst record on jobs since he came to office.
And even though he has unions that are willing to negotiate with him on his own terms, he's refused to work with them.
Not surprisingly, many public-sector unions in the state chose not to officially recertify or "negotiate" under these terms. Those that did recertify, are finding Walker unwilling to negotiate even under his own terms.
According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the Wisconsin State Attorney's Association and the Professional Education and Information Council both filed unfair labor practices complaints this week claiming that state officials have refused to negotiate or even meet with them.
Nancy Wetterson, vice-president of the Wisconsin State Attorney's Association said, "We didn't like Act 10, but we played by the rules, and our union was overwhelmingly elected, but now we have talked to them (several) times about beginning negotiations, and we have been met by silence." For its part, the administration says it cannot begin negotiating until it finalizes new rules calculating base pay.