I have heard before that there is a cycle between unions and corporate management where one prevails in power for a few years, then the other takes over. It is clear that big business has been in control for several years now thanks to the support of the GOP. Labor unions have been diluted by the right to work laws, the latter which seem reasonable if unions are allowed to continue to organize and encourage membership.
Enter the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), headed up by the Koch brothers, and started some 30 years ago to draft state (sometimes national) legislation that favors big business. You might know it best from its backing of Arizona’s anti-immigration law SB-1070, because ALEC was helping promote private prisons in the state to house the arrested illegals. Arizona’s mock Governor Jan Brewer supported the private prison movement, as did the Republican controlled state legislature.
The fight over union rights has been going on for some time. A bill passed in Ohio was overturned in a public referendum last year. Wisconsin passed a similar bill that would eliminate most union collective bargaining rights. As a result, enough signatures have now been collected to recall Gov. Scott Walker. He actually went to Arizona to promote corresponding legislation for that state that some have said is even more radical than Wisconsin’s.
Brewer met with ALEC this past December during its meeting in Scottsdale, AZ. Wisconsin Gov. Walker was also there talking to ALEC groups who were meeting at the Phoenician hotel, one of the poshest resorts in the world. This bunch of bozos basking in opulence while they attempt to deny working people their rights is yet another example of Republican arrogance in putting the desires of the corporate world ahead of the American public.
|Jan Brewer, wicked witch from Arizona|
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) is taking on Brewer and other extreme right-wing lawmakers in retaliation for her assault on their Arizona members. Her attack is to limit the ability to negotiate of teachers, fire fighters, police and other public service workers. In their petition they said, “Where you see public workers and unions as a nuisance to get rid of, we see a movement.” Once again Arizona has opened a can of worms with an ALEC ring in their nose.
The Huffington Post picked up a recent comment from Phoenix TV reporter Brahm Resnik who lists what the proposal includes;
Make it illegal for government bodies to collectively bargain with employee groups.
Public safety unions would be included in the ban.
End the practice of automatic payroll deductions for union dues.
Ban compensation of public employees for union work.
The sham Gov. Jan Brewer also wants to take away all civil-service protection for state employees so she can fire them at will. Shades of Donald Trump.
Wisconsin’s Gov. Walker made a bizarre statement at the annual Goldwater Institute dinner. It said that, “…compromising with unions was ‘bogus.’” If that doesn’t send union members postal, nothing will. But the Ohio vote proves that the union vote is still important to political elections and can still be persuasive in the outcome. At this point the GOP has both Hispanics and unions to look out for in November.
One last point. Recall papers have been filed to recall Gov. Jan Brewer, in some part obviously due to her support of limiting union rights. You can help by spreading the word and signing the petition if you are an Arizonan.