In a crowded presidential field where the lion’s share of attention remains focused on the bombastic Donald Trump, candidates need to swing for the fences if they hope to earn much needed attention. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker made such a move Monday, announcing his intention to eliminate unions for federal employees and abolish the National Labor Relations Board. From the Associated Press:
Union leaders are livid. Tony Reardon, president of the National Treasury Employees Union that represents 150,000 federal workers, said Walker is “declaring a war on middle-class workers.” And Democratic presidential contender Hillary Rodham Clinton accused him of bullying union members.
What about those of us in the middle class who don’t hold comfy federal jobs? You know, the ones who have to pay the taxes which make those jobs possible? Do our voices count?
Who’s bullying who in the ongoing labor debate? Whether the issue is card check or the NLRB extorting Boeing and other companies who attempt to flee to right-to-work states, the union-industrial complex can be found doing the bullying more often than not.
Unfortunately, Republican candidates aren’t presenting a united front on this issue. The report continues:
One of Walker’s Republican rivals challenged the plan, too, saying it is the wrong message for the GOP to send to unionized workers. “Instead of treating all union members like they are the enemy,” said former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, “it’s time we invite them to give some of us in our party a try.”
Yeah, because that’s going to happen. Those union workers inclined to support Republicans, few though they may be, will do so regardless of Walker’s plan. They already get it. Those who don’t, won’t. At least Walker is taking a stand.