Former union boss says Wisconsin governor’s plan could backfire

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reaffirmed his support of a bill to withdraw most bargaining rights from public employees, even though Democrats and unions say they would absorb more of their benefit costs. Fourteen Democrats in the state Senate are still out of state to prevent a vote on the bill. Reed Pearce, former Cache County Democratic Party Chairman who previously worked as an area director for the Communication Workers of America, says unfortunately a lot of people don’t understand what labor unions are and the good that they do because it is not taught in school. Pearce claims that the Wisconsin governor’s attempt to break the union could end up working against him. “You’re going to see people who previously have not looked toward unions look more and more toward them in order to get fair pay,” Pearce says. “We’re losing the middle class and the unions helped to make that middle class, whether it be public unions or whether it be unions of industry and so forth.” Pearce says the country will see a major economic downturn if attempts to break up the unions continue.

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