To stay alive, the unions will have to meet a much higher standard in their vote than Walker and other state elected officials had to meet to win their offices - getting 51% of the vote of all their union members, not just the ones who actually cast ballots. They also will have to win the vote again every year or their union will cease to function and be unable to reconstitute itself for at least a year after that.
The lead lawyer for the state agency in charge of settling state labor-management disputes would become a political appointee under a proposal included in Gov. Scott Walker's biennial budget, a change critics say injects political influence into an agency that is supposed to be impartial.
In the latest development in Wisconsin, after the passage of Republican Gov. Scott Walker's new law curtailing public employee unions, state Democrats claim that they have reached 45% of their goal for petition signatures to recall eight Republican state Senators, Greg Sargent reports.
Kasich’s budget and the tough measures it calls for has virtually nothing to do with the projected $8 billion deficit (which most people are finally realizing is overstated.)
The Dispatch reports that most of what is going to be in Kasich’s budget has been planned by Kasich and his closest political allies as early as January 2008.
Unlike Wisconsin's efforts to strip state employees of their right to bargain collectively, the union-busting legislation in Missouri is getting scant attention. But it's not because no one is protesting.
To that end, the website Show Me Progress had an interesting piece Saturday about how a rally of 4,500 union workers and sympathizers at Kiener Plaza on Friday got nary a mention in the Post-Dispatch.
As the author of Show Me Progress opines, a Tea Party rally that big would likely earn prominent coverage in St. Louis' daily.
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