Saturday, March 10, 2012

Scott Walker supporting collective bargaining? Not a bombshell but more like a crack in the windshield...

Some say it's a bombshell.  Some are burying it beneath the obituaries.  But just before he was elected governor Scott Walker sat down with the editorial board of the Daily Northwestern in Oshkosh.  The interview was recorded.

A board member is heard saying, "Before, we were talking about state employees contributing to their plan, paying their share of the pension plan. Collective bargaining come into that?"

Walker: "Yep (nodding yes). Mmhm."

The questioner continues: "How do you get that negotiated and accepted by the state employee unions?"

Walker answers, "You still have to negotiate it." He went on to talk about how he handled negotiations as Milwaukee County executive and the use of furloughs as a backup plan, adding that he's "not locked in" to one particular strategy.

Walker critics said this is proof that as a candidate he was being dishonest with voters about his plans and reporters who followed Walker on the campaign trail claim no memory of him advocating all but ending collective bargaining for virually all public employees.

Is it a bombshell?  Probably not.  But more like a crack in the windshield that has the potential of growing until the windshield needs to be replaced.

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