Do not cave Governor Walker, unions can’t be allowed to hold the taxpayers hostage.
MADISON, Wis. — If Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislators pass a union bill that restricts collective bargaining rights, some labor groups in Madison said they would endorse the entire of a general strike of unions around Wisconsin.
The South Central Federation of Labor endorsed the idea of a strike at its meeting on Monday night, but they didn’t “call” for a strike, since members said they don’t have the power to do so. However, members of the group said they now start needing to educate the public about the possibility, to explain why they feel this may be needed.
“We’ve set up a committee to set up the education process. We’ll be working with other labor bodies, and church groups,” said Carl Aniel, AFSCME Labor Federation delegate. “This action is designed to put control back in the hands of people doing all this work.”
Aniel said the labor federation would only support a general strike if unions around the entire state were willing to participate. “There’s no point of calling for a general strike unless we’re prepared to make it succeed,” Aniel said.
However, Aniel said the group would make sure all emergency services would continue throughout the state.