Though the election’s not quite over yet, it seems Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker’s already trying to treat state employees’ unions the same way he’s been treating Milwaukee County’s unionized employees for the past 8 years (emphasis mine):
From: Stephan Kuehn [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Friday, October 29, 2010 7:59 PM
Subject: BARGAINING LATEST
It was reported to us today at the C24 Executive Board Meeting that some of the teams still have non economic issues to complete prior to beginning the talks regarding economics. The monies rumored in the Compensation Reserve would be the equivalent of less than one quarter of one percent for all state employees. On another note. The Scott Walker campaign contacted C24 last Friday and stated that if we want a working relationship with the next Governor we should immediately walk away from the current bargaining table and wait until after Mr. Walker is elected to negotiate the current contract. They were told no deal. If this isn’t proof to all state employees that Mr. Walker is already attempting to cut into our current wages and benefits package nothing else will change your mind. The campaign has inferred that he has already won the Governors seat. Please send this to all of your members/contacts and tell them to send it on to all of their contacts. We need everyone to get out and vote. Period. There isn’t much time left so please get this out to everyone. I don’t have everyones email addresses on my home computer, so fwd, fwd, fwd.
C24 Executive Board Member
I’m not sure why Scott Walker thinks the state employees’ unions would walk away from negotiations they’ve been in for months, but it simply doesn’t make any sense for the unions to walk away from the bargaining table and throw away all the progress that has been made in negotiations between the state and the unions.
Capper has his own take on this.