Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, has been shouting at a rally in Madison, Wisc., in “solidarity” with public employee workers who have been disrupting the state this week. The situation’s not funny, but Trumka’s hyperbole is hilarious. From the AFL-CIO’s Tweet coverage:
According to Gov. Scott Walker’s office, the governor is asking the following of public employees:
Governor Walker’s budget repair bill strikes a fair balance—asking public employees to make a modest 5.8% pension contribution, which is about the national average, and 12.6% health insurance contribution, which is about half the national average.
Legislation proposed by Gov. Walker would limit public employee collective bargaining to salary issues alone, but it does not prevent anyone from joining a union. In any case, these are terms that are subject to review and change, and given the state’s $3.6 billion budget hole, voters last November elected candidates who promised this kind of change.
We pay attention to Trumka as a leader of unions representing private-sector employees, and judging from his involvement in the Wisconsin activities, employers should anticipate protests, disruption and worse if they ever get crosswise with Big Labor. Here’s some of what he’s endorsing: (continue reading…)