The only bit of union support for Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is evaporating as the executive board president of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Association expressed regret for their earlier endorsement of Walker. The union went one step further and even apologized for it..
By in large the budge bill contains a significant carve out for local police officers, firefighter and the Wisconsin State Patrol–groups that supported Walker in his election bid. Critics have called the carve out political payback and a key step in trying to pit government workers against each other.
Meanwhile members of the police and firefighters unions member marched Sunday in a sixth day of protest and in support of those unions whose benefits and rights are in the cross-hairs.
And the Madison Chamber of Commerce is losing patience with Walker as well, suggesting his remaining supporters come from outside of Wisconsin, such as the powerful Koch brothers, Walker’s second largest campaign contributor.
Here’s where the story stands now.
So far the unions have agreed to all the financial concessions in Walker’s bill. The remaining fight is over the rights of workers to negotiate with their employer. That’s it. It has nothing to do with money and everything to do with breaking the union.
Despite those concessions Walker refuses to negotiate with anyone, even moderate Republicans. And Walker refuses to answer why he’s seeking to end collective bargaining rights if this is solely a matter of balancing the state’s budget.
For their part the “Wisconsin 14″ have vowed to stay out of the state until Walker negotiates. They are doing this despite Republican threats to begin passing non-budgetary bills that do not require their presence for passage.
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