The taxpayers of Wisconsin? Governors and legislators who seek to balance their state budgets? People who disagree with lawmakers who flee their responsibilities as elected officials?
Byron York, Washington Examiner, “Labor secretary steps out in Wisconsin union fight“:
President Obama is staying mostly quiet about the union battle going on in Wisconsin. His labor secretary, Hilda Solis, is not.
“The fight is on!” Solis told a cheering crowd at the Democratic National Committee’s winter meeting over the weekend in Washington. Giving her support to “our brothers and sisters in public employee unions,” Solis pledged aid to unionized workers who are “under assault” in Wisconsin and elsewhere….
But is it the role of the secretary of labor to take sides in a fight that pits public employee union members against workers and taxpayers who support Walker’s reforms? After all, the Labor Department mission statement says its purpose is “to foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States.” It doesn’t say anything about unionized wage earners, job seekers, and retirees.
Guess we now have a good idea of what Vice President Biden, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and the AFL-CIO’s Richard Trumka were chatting about last week in their White House get together: Messaging.
- FoxNews.com, “Dems Galvanized By Union Issue at DNC Meeting”
- CNN.com, “Labor Secretary Solis: ‘Elections do matter’“
- AFL-CIO.org blog, “Solis: Govs. in Wis. and Ohio Want Workers to Give Up Their American Rights“
Do we understand, then, Secretary Solis, that the Administration will now push for collective bargaining for federal employees? If it’s a right …