Last week John “Sly” Sylvester of WTDY’s “Sly In The Morning” radio show reported the Wheeler Report did individual interviews with all returning and running incumbent state senators about legislation and agenda issues for the 2013 legislative session and that not a single Democratic State Senator had the restoration of collective bargaining rights mentioned among their legislative priorities.
While I’ve not been able to find the interviews on the Wheeler Report’s website, Sly posted the legislative priorities of each of the State Senators (Democrat and Republican alike), and not a single one listed the restoration of collective bargaining rights as a priority.
At a time when staff at the state’s King Veterans Home are being stretched to their breaking point because of outrageous amounts of overtime and assaults against correctional officers are on the rise, it would seem the restoration of collective bargaining rights for public employees would be appropriate. Without the ability to bargain with management employees have no voice in their workplaces on issues like excessive staff overtime and staff safety.
Despite the best efforts of Democrats in Wisconsin to make the recalls of Gov. Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the State Senate about everything other than Gov. Walker’s assault on collective bargaining rights for public employees, the recalls were absolutely a response to that assault, and it’s time some Democrats here in Wisconsin be reminded of that.