Fresh off the heels of Gov. Scott Walker indicating he wouldn’t be opposed to extending the anti-union provisions of Act 10 to police officers and firefighters, Republican State Sen. Alberta Darling has said she hopes police officers and firefighters will be open to accepting the strict limits on collective bargaining that were imposed on other public workers by Act 10.
State Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) says she hopes police and firefighters around the state will be open to accepting the strict limits on collective bargaining that were imposed on other public workers by Act 10.
“I really am hoping fire and police will come into the fold,” Darling told a Mequon-Thiensville Chamber of Commerce forum this week, the News Graphic reported. “They realize their brothers and sisters will lose jobs unless they contribute.”
I don’t know about you, but when I hear Sen. Darling say, “I hope you’ll be open to accepting the kinds of things we did to your fellow public employees,” I can’t help but think that she’s saying that because she knows it’s coming.
I hope for the sake of my brothers and sisters who are police officers and firefighters that they won’t see themselves subjected to the same kinds of treatment that so many public employees have endured since Act 10 was enacted. However, if it does come to pass, it will serve as a reminder that Scott Walker and his Republican allies in the Legislature aren’t above throwing anyone under the bus when it serves their own interests.