Q Syndicate May 18, 2012
Back in January of last year, documentarian Brad Lichtenstein caught another rare moment of candor from Darth Snotwalker which has just come to light. The video shows Walker literally kissing up to $510,000 donor Diane Hendricks, owner of a cement company, who asks him what he plans to do to bust Wisconsin's remaining unions:
Hendricks: "Any chance we'll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions-- "We've already seen the "Divide and Conquer" strategy here in Wisconsin. In his so-called "Budget Repair Bill," Walker exempted the fire and police unions, who had supported his 2010 run for governor, from the forced depression of wages and benefits and imposition of new union recertification requirements. His supporters in the Chamber of Commerce produced television ads which basically said, "We screwed workers at Harley Davidson and Merchant Marine and elsewhere, so screwing teachers and other public employees is only fair!"
Walker: "Oh, yeah."
Hendricks: "- and become a right-to-work? What can we do to help you?"
Walker: "Well, we're going to start in a couple weeks with our budget adjustment bill. The first step is we're going to deal with collective bargaining for all public employee unions, because you use divide and conquer. So for us, the base we get for that is the fact that we've got - budgetarily we can't afford not to. If we have collective bargaining agreements in place, there's no way not only the state but local governments can balance things out. . . . That opens the door once we do that."
"Right to Work" is a euphemism for union-busting, and has more with removing the right to bargain than creating any right to work. Call it a right to work at Third World levels of compensation and safety standards.
Now that the "Divide and Conquer" video has gone public, Walker disavows any intention of pushing through a "Right to Work" bill. But his lips are moving when he says that, so you can be pretty sure he's lying.