Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to visit Seattle, unions not happy

By   /   August 13, 2013  /   8 Comments


SEATTLE VISIT: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker to visit Seattle

By Shelby Sebens | Northwest Watchdog

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, known for his landmark legislation Act 10 that stripped collective bargaining for most of the state’s public unions, will be taking his message to Seattle.

Walker will be in Seattle on Sept. 5 to speak at the Washington Policy Center’s awards dinner, according to a press release from the conservative, free-market think tank. He will be touting his new book, “Unintimidated: A Governor’s Story and a Nation’s Challenge,” which chronicles his push against unions in the state.

While the dinner is sold out, not everyone will be welcoming Walker with open arms.

The Stand, a newsletter for the Washington State Labor Council, quotes Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, as calling Act 10 “reckless policy” and saying it “cripples workers’ rights on the job.”

Washington Policy Center officials said they are not surprised

Their concern is understandable. Wisconsin unions suffered dramatic declines when Walker’s worker rights policy removed the fear of being fired for employees who declined to give part of their paychecks to one of the state’s dominant unions. Naturally, union executives don’t want Washington state workers to get the same idea.

Union membership has been on the decline since Act 10 passed and the unions have felt the sting, according to Wisconsin Reporter.

The awards dinner will be at the Sheraton ballroom in Seattle but it is sold out. Tickets are still available for the Eastern Washington dinner in Spokane, however.

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  • Jane2

    Gov. Walker credit for having the guts to stand up to the unions. I think they had served a good purpose in the beginning, but became so powerful and lopsided that the initial goals got lost in the money-grabbing leaders, and the workers have become the puppets and means to an end for the union bosses rather than getting the funds in proportion to their getting equal help from the dues they pay. I feel for the workers–they are mostly honest, hardworking dads and moms who just want a better life for their families.
    We once had a hired man who was a refugee from Germany, and my Dad paid his passage for him and his family to come and work or our farm. “Henry” was a wonderful worker and astute observer of Hitlers’ takeover of Germany. He used to say that if America didn’t stick to their Constitution and their values that one day we would become Germany. He mentioned beware of unions, one-man dictatorship, and giving power to the United Nations–all of which would take away rights from the citizens. It appears that Henry was right.

  • steve

    The one man dictatorship you speak of is walker. Beware of unions? I think not. More like beware of the corporations which are more powerful than the horrible unions and now own the government. Workers rights are taking steps backwards as pay for average Americans decreases and pay for ceo’s continues to rise.

  • Citizen Loring

    Unions have outlived their usefulness.

  • mairez

    It cripples thugs’ rights to huge salaries for doing nothing and ripping off the members.


    Walker is nothing but a liar and a thief. he stole the wind right out of Wisconsin’s sails. He has done nothing but make things worse. Take it from two public workers who took a very large hit to his already small paycheck (My wife and I). Walker and his republicans are only doing this for the big corporations not for WI. He has driven the hard working public workers down to only receiving raises as high as the standard of living wage and no more. When you beat people down and give them nothing to work for, people will no longer work hard for you. Basic management skills that Walker does not have. Go to any right to work state where they have busted all of the unions and you will see that their wages and benefits stink, and that everyone else’s wages are lower than those of non right to work states. Point proven. Don’t vote for these people and their tricks. You will only be hurting yourself and those who depend on living wages!!!

  • Sick of Government Abuse

    For the first time in a long time, Wisconsin has no budget crisis. Because of Act 10, unions can no longer stronghold the taxpayer. They still try to use thuggery and intimidation, but the taxpayers have had enough! You can stop whining, you still have more benefits and more wages than the average private wage worker. As for the big greedy companies, they were built with sweat and risk. Why should the owners not reap what they sow? You add nothing to the GNP, public workers are a drain. We should try hiring all workers in the private sector and pay with tax money. Bet we would save a bundle!

  • sanderdog

    Unions are on the decline because they over taxed the auto companies and the influx of foreign imports. Not to forget automation. Look at the utube video of a modern Ford plant in Brazil vs the original Ford Plant. Very few workers in Brazil and shoulder t shoulder in Detroit building Model T’s. Never coming back. If wages and benefits get too high businesses will either go out of business, automate or move offshore. McDonald’s was testing using the internet to take orders via India years ago at the drive up window. Those jobs are startup jobs not career choices.

  • sanderdog

    CEO pay is out of control. But if you took it all, it would not mean much to the workers when divided up. The people who should also complain are the stockholders who finance the company operations. But are conflicted because the CEO is the guy who is supposed to be making money for them.