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UNIONS: Koch connection, big money and union-busting

Letter by Bambi Lin Litchman, Tacoma on June 8, 2012 at 1:43 pm | 300 Comments »
June 8, 2012 1:43 pm

Re: “Public unions meet their ultimate employers: Voters” (editorial, 6-7).

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was caught several times on tape regarding his intent to break the state’s public employee unions. One conversation revealed his cozy collusion with the billionaire Republican Koch brothers to break the unions. Another conversation involved his secretive attempt to pit private and public unions against each other to destroy them both – divide and conquer.

Walker deliberately concealed his intent to break the unions when he ran for office.

Why do the Kochs and Walker want to break all the unions? Because breaking the unions would increase profits without constraints of worker concerns like decent working conditions, fair wages and benefits.

Furthermore, politically the unions have supported working-class people and hence have been supporters of traditionally Democratic Party values.

Breaking the unions is a calculated plan to ensure that Democratic fund-raising and mobilization are diminished, and especially so a Republican candidate (in this case, Mitt Romney) can unseat President Obama, whom the Kochs despise.

Walker and supporters (many from out of state) spent $30 million more than his challenger. That money  bought a flood of advertising with heavy spin.

Seven months ago in Ohio, 2.2 million voters firmly rejected an anti-union agenda akin to Walker’s with a statewide referendum instead of a recall. Tuesday’s polls of Wisconsin voters indicated they retained Walker because they thought recalls should only occur for “cases of criminal misconduct.”

The difference in process between Ohio and Wisconsin may have held the difference, but isn’t $30 million the elephant in the room – literally?

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