Marty Beil, executive director of the state’s largest public employee union, said he didn’t think the action meant the law was going to take effect.
“The problem is they’re (Republicans) the dictator here so we have to go into a court of law and reaffirm it,” he said. “This is Scott Fitzgerald and Scott Walker’s gulag here. It’s craziness. These guys are off the wall. They’re drunk with some kind of power or misconception of reality.”
Phil Neuenfeldt, president of the Wisconsin State AFL-CIO, called the action an “illegal backdoor maneuver.”
“This is a dark day for Wisconsin and a travesty to our democracy,” he said.
This is the new and improved tone in American civil discourse?
I find myself in an odd position. What I would really like to see is the end of union power in government. Some of the “talk” on the airwaves has been around whether Republicans can win this fight by playing by the rules. The argument is that the Democrats and unions never play by the rules so how can the Republicans win if they do play by the rules when their opponents do not.
In the end, I would like to see an end to collective bargaining agreements in the government. Whether what’s taking place in Wisconsin is by the rules or not is very important but I hope the result is returning the power back to the voters.