This week in Wisconsin, conservatives are making perhaps the single biggest assault on collective bargaining that’s taken place in the last 60-80 years.
The republican-controlled Wisconsin state legislature is trying to take away the collective bargaining rights of state, county and municipal workers.
These takeaways include:
- Automatic yearly elections where 51+% of all employees in a bargaining unit would have to vote in favor of union representation or the union would be decertified;
- No more union shops where membership or an equivalency fee are required as a condition of employment;
- Would limit wage increases to a small percetage based on the increase in the cost of living;
- Would force employees to pay nearly 13% of their healthcare costs;
- Reduces employers pension contributions.
And those are just the highlights. Basically, it would do away with public employee unions in Wisconsin.