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UNION: Gov. Walker a breath of fresh air

Letter by Frank A. Ruffo, Gig Harbor on Feb. 22, 2011 at 4:29 pm with 39 Comments »
February 23, 2011 9:33 am

Now retired, I spent much of my 40-year career responsible for labor relations (for management). Although most of that time was in negotiating with unions in the private sector, for a short time I also had the opportunity to deal with some in the public sector. What a difference!

In the private sector, managers were held accountable for bottom-line responsibility; if they acquiesced to unreasonable union pressure, they were fired for poor performance.

Not so in the public sector. In fact, in many instances managers were motivated to negotiate lucrative wages and benefits knowing that their own salaries and benefits would be improved to avoid compression with the union-negotiated wages/benefits.

In the private sector, unions have been losing membership for years. Unions have made up for their loss of members by organizing a large segment of the public sector. This, combined with generally weak public sector management, shrinking tax revenues, sympathetic politicians and judges unwilling to enforce public sector “no strike” laws that exist in many states (including Washington), have resulted in the current chaos that we see in Wisconsin.

After only a month or so in office, Gov. Scott Walker is plunging head first into his campaign pledge to fix the problem. His leadership is a breath of fresh air in what has been a stale climate for far too long.

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  1. Roncella says:

    Governor Walker won the election, he ran on balancing the Wi. state Budget.

    He Won The Election. Now he is going about doing exactly what he was elected to do by a Majority of Wi. Voters. Union Leaders, Democrats, Liberals, Progressives, Walker Won, You Lost, Now, Get Over It !!!!

  2. Walker is a typical Conservative thug with no regard for the human condition.

  3. If Walker really wanted to balance the budget what has he

    Enacted $140 million in new tax breaks for corporations (60% of whom already do not pay any state tax),

    Plans to forgive $1 billion in outstanding state corporate taxes.

    Allow state to sell power, heating, cooling facilities without bids.

    And rejected the state worker unions offer to accept the financial aspects of his union busting bill.

  4. Walker, A Bag of Hot Air.

    He’ll never balance anything as long as he continues in has attempt to oppress the state’s employees.

  5. Great letter, great governor. With him and Chris Christie leading the way, we welcome a new balance to power between the public employee unions and the employees.

  6. commoncents says:

    He won by saying he was going to balance the budget…yet when the unions agreed to wage and benefit concessions that would allow him to do that BUT the unions would still have their collective bargaining rights as they always have….he refused. So, does he want to balance the budget or is he trying to do something else? Pretty clear to most what he’s trying to do.

  7. Roncella says:

    Gov Walker a true hero, is trying to get businesses to return and stay in Wis. after the mess he inheritated from a big spending democratic gov.

    By getting a good business climate back he will increase jobs and help Wis. recover and become a great place to live and work once again.

    I believe he will balance the budget in Wi. before its over.

  8. Roncella, I am still waiting for the JOBS the Bush tax cuts and de-regulation were suppose to bring. Maybe if we cut all business taxes and except all buisness from those pesky federal regs we can speed up the process.

  9. JudasEscargot says:

    Gee….no one wants to talk about the 20 minute phone conversation that Walker thought he was having with David Koch.

    I wonder why?

  10. JudasEscargot says:

    Frank – you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth. You know it and everyone that knows you, knows it.

    Lucky for you union workers were getting the job done so that you’d have a paycheck.

  11. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Walker for Pres. in 2012.

  12. Judas-cannot believe I am responding to one of you posts…I try so hard to ignore the ignorant drivel. There was nothing earth shattering in that 20 minute punking. Koch brothers have donated heavily to Republican causes, in fact if anything it was a net positive for Walker. He said people had suggested planting people in the protest to cause problems(like dems did in Tea Party protests) AND the idea WAS REJECTED. That is the difference between Dumocrats and Republicans. The caller suggested bringing a bat, Walkers reply “I have a slugger with my name on it” or something like that. It was all good, and he is a hero!

  13. JudasEscargot says:

    TMell…….you are avoiding the agreement with FakeKoch’s offer to fly him to “Cali” to celebrate, to which he agreed.

    Maybe Duke Cunningham has an open bunk in his cell.

    Did you wear earplugs while you listened to the tape?

    I’m betting you listened to the part that FOX said was ‘wrong”.

  14. JudasEscargot says:

    “in fact if anything it was a net positive for Walker.”

    Walker’s favorability ratings are underwater in the poll, with 49 percent saying they have an unfavorable impression of the governor and only 39 percent saying their impression of him was favorable. Just 43 percent of respondents said they supported Walker’s agenda. More importantly, independent voters opposed three major Walker-backed proposals: eliminating collective bargaining for public employees (independents oppose by 26 points), reducing wages for public employees (independents oppose by 25 points) and reducing pension benefits for public employees (independents oppose by 6 points).

    Don’t read this TMell

  15. Walker just confirmed in his phone call with the fake Koch brother that this has never been about the money, it’s about killing unions. Also in the so called budget repair bill, it was recently revealed, gives the Governor the power to sell state owned power plants without bids for basically any price. Hmmmm what business are the Koch brothers in again? Oh yes that’s right the energy business. You think they might want to buy some power plants cheap? I’m sure the Koch bothers got their monies worth with old Governor Walker.

  16. I’m hoping that Koch will put his legal staff to work and sue the punk who used his name to call the governor. That would be a real delight to see that cockroach have to pay up. But again, isn’t that how the left usually operates? How can anyone ever believe anything that a lying leftist says?

  17. J_E, like I said, blind mice, monkeys, and soild children. And plenty of that old fashon right spin where war is peace and peace is war.

  18. speel check: spoiled chlidren

  19. I kinda like “solid children” though “soiled children” would work better.

    frosty – weren’t you celebrating the pimp sting operation on ACORN? I love the smell of hypocrisy in the morning.

  20. BigSwingingRichard says:

    Great letter Mr Fuffo.

    When my dad was a school principal and the teachers went on strike, the principals did not care if there was a strike or not because they knew it was school district practice to automatically give principals the same percentage salary increase as what ever the teachers got. How’s that for effective salary management?

    Re: How come no one asks why the Wisconsin public employee unions do want their members to have the choice to belong to the union. Is it because they know that their member’s do not want to pay union dues, is it because they know the members do not want to belong to a union and that the union does not represent the interests of the members?

  21. Frosty, not in this state. Dems still control the house, the senate, and the governor’s mansion.

  22. Roncella says:

    xring, Its not brain surgery to realize that Washington State is totally controlled by Democrats/Liberals/Progressives.

    Just look at the prices of everything going up and up taxes going up and up spending going up and up. Its sad to watch the once Great State of Washington become the Mass./New York of the west Coast, only thing missing is Barney Frank.

  23. Roncella, Walker may have won, however;

    He ran on jobs and the economy, and never mentioned unions (public or private).

    A week after the election it came out that he had illegal fired unionized county workers in Milwaukee and gave their jobs to a foreign company, and ended up costing a county a bundle in legal fees and back pay. (Bet that would have cost him a few points).

    And he just admitted enough legal and ethical lapses to get booted out of the governor’s mansion and into jail.

  24. I never knew how powerful the lib/dems/progressives in Washington are if we are responsible for our increased gas prices.

  25. JudasEscargot says:

    “BigSwingingRichard says:
    February 24, 2011 at 9:43 am
    Great letter Mr Fuffo.

    When my dad was a school principal and the teachers went on strike, the principals did not care if there was a strike or not because they knew it was school district practice to automatically give principals the same percentage salary increase as what ever the teachers got. How’s that for effective salary management?

    Ah, yes….management riding on the backs of labor. It will never change.

  26. JudasEscargot says:

    From what that telephone recording demonstrated, Walker is a breath of hot air.

  27. Frosty, ambush interviews are a specialty of the FOX “news” group – the most untruthfull, biased infotainment circus on any media.

  28. The sociopathic rightwing ideology in practice. Remember, Strauss has a lot of influence in the philosophy of the republican party. Strauss believed the masses were too stupid to be told the truth. The elite should lie to them to keep them docile. Self fulliflling prophecy if i’ve ever seen one, eh?

  29. Roncella says:

    xring, You do realize that Gregoire has added taxes to every gallon of gas you purchase didn’t you ????

    Sue1234, aren’t you including yourself as part of the too stupid to be told the truth group ????

  30. Roncella, why do you insist on asking such tough questions to xring and Sue? I don’t really like liberals very much, but I’m beginning to have a little twang of pity for xring and Sue.

  31. xring, can you name one time someone from FOX pretended to be someone other than who he/she is? That’s a sneaky ploy used exclusively by liberals.

  32. beerboy, actually, yes I relished in the sting of ACORN, yet another commie inspired project torn down! If Governor Walker had actually said someting to the cockroach reporter that he has not already said publicly, yeah there might be a news story there. So far the only person in the world who seems to think he has something is Judas. Even the likes of MSNBC are not making a big deal of it. Again, the libs lose.

  33. angelofdeath says:

    Walker is just another neocon who wants to destroy the middle class in America. He sure made a fool out of himself with that prank phone call. What an idiot. A breath of fresh air? This guy has no creditability.

  34. angelofdeath says:

    oh frosty – stop drinking the kool aide. Your posts are meaningless.

  35. Roncella, how can the Governor add taxes? New taxes have to be passed by a 2/3 majority of both houses.

    Frosty, shell we talk about Walker’s plan to salt the demonstration with thugs to create disturbances?

  36. Ruffo makes his bias clear at the beginning of his letter: a 40-year career responsible for labor relations (for management).

    I am sure that he sees Walker’s ham-fisted approach “a breath of fresh air” – it is so much easier negotiating contracts that are favorable to management if you don’t have to deal with unions. Duh.

  37. Oh, the idiocy of Judas…Obviously he didn’t listen to the tape. All the “controversial” things were put forth by the fake Koch. The worst thing Walker did is say Yeah, or I’d like that, or other things that people say all the time on a phone call or face to face to be polite. Not once did he suggest anything wrong. His “we considered that, and decided against it” response to planting protestors was a nothing. It proves conservatives don’t play by the same rulebook of Rahm Emanuel and Progressives. There were organized, public groups crashing Tea Party Rallies with inflammatory signs and speech to give the impression that the movement was racist, etc. C’mon Xring, you may be a liberal, but you have proved your intelligence at times. If you read the transcripts of the tape, or listened to it, you know it was nothing.

  38. Roncella says:

    If a Conservative or Tea Pary person would have placed a phoney phone call to some democrat and tried to get a certain response, all heck would have come down on that person from the Lame Stream Media and dems., but the liberals/democrats are bragging about this loser who placed the phoney phone call to try and entrap Governor Walker saying anything negative he could.

  39. I agree with roncellas post.The Governor was set up by an imposter.If you pay attention to what the Governor said in his campaign,which was, he would attack the 3.6 billion deficit,which he has! But like in a war,there will be innocent victims,both rich and poor.The last statement was mine ,not Walkers.

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