2/15/17 The awful package of seven bills meant to weaken our voice at work, for our families and our communities passed out of the Senate Commerce, Labor and Sports Committee Wednesday night (Feb. 15).
All passed out on straight party-line votes, with Republicans voting for them and Democrats voting against them.
Sen. Karen Keiser of the 33rd Dist. challenged one supposed “transparency” bill because it would require an open-meeting standard for working men and women negotiating a contract that the Legislature abandoned years ago when they discontinued conference committees – abandoned after they proved unworkable on live TV.
The committee’s Republican majority made another anti-worker measure even more unnecessary by adopting a substitute on employee non-association status that mandates what the Federation already does.
Sen. Steve Conway of the 29th Dist. said at the end of the rushed votes he had no idea why the GOP sponsors thought these bills were such good ideas.
The media has exposed this effort for what it is – an effort to do what Scott Walker has done in Wisconsin by rolling back the very collective bargaining rights that public employees exercise to make their communities safe, sound and great.
The seven bills now head for the next step in the legislative process, either to the Senate Ways and Means Committee or the Senate Rules Committee.