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The problem for Walker, and for anti-union zealots in general, is that few Americans ” be they Democrats or independents or Republicans ” are so fiercely opposed to the right to organize and collectively bargain that all other issues become secondary.
Having plummeted in the presidential primary polls, Walker needs to figure out a way to stand out in the pack, and he has apparently decided that running hard against labor unions and their “bosses” can endear him to many blue-collar voters as well as such billionaire backers as the Koch brothers.
Walker will unveil the plan in full during a town hall in Las Vegas Monday afternoon.
“On Day One, I will stop the government from taking money out of the paychecks of federal employees for political union dues”, Walker said just before the speech. The plan, which his campaign posted to the Walker website in the morning, will nationalize numerous reforms the Wisconsin governor has already enacted in the Badger state over the past five years.
Curtailing the power of unions has always been an issue of importance to Walker.
In a sense it’s an odd fixation for a presidential candidate, given that union membership is at just 11.1% of all wage and salary workers, the overwhelming majority of whom work in government.
Walker later signed a separate “right to work” law – which unions and workers call “right to work for less” – saying that any worker, public or private, who uses the union’s services does not have to be a member or even pay for them. Walker not only beat the recall effort, he won more votes in the recall election than he did in his initial election. In almost all of them, Walker led his hypothetical opponents.