Actions by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and other republican governors may have awakened a sleeping giant. That sleeping giant is the Labor Movement, according to Reed Pearce, former Cache County Democratic Party chairman who was a union official for Communication Workers of America for more than 30 years.On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Pearce said the public employees union went along with the Wisconsin Legislature on financial issues.Pearce said it’s obvious that the Wisconsin governor and other Republicans are actually trying to get rid of labor unions. He said this is just going to make the unions stronger and people will realize that without them there would be no “middle class.”Pearce also said the Utah Legislature’s passage of HB 477, which would have put restrictions on the open records law, has upset union members.He said Democrats, Republicans, Independents, union members, nonunion members, Tea Party members and a lot of individuals have all spoken out against the bill.”It’s a matter everyone should be concerned about. It’s a matter of having a right to check your own government,” Pearce said, “and that’s what we want as citizens of this country and of this state is that right. We certainly should have it if we are really a democracy.”Pearce said not only was it wrong to pass HB 477, but the sneaky way the legislators passed it was also wrong.
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