Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker thinks he and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie are "kindred spirits," with their recent histories of being Republicans who have come out on top in fairly blue states. They've both "taken on unions," as they like to say, and they both have reformed public pensions. But Walker did make sure to say that his pension reforms were a little more significant than Christie's.
MPs backed the Trade Union Bill, which proposes higher voting thresholds for ballots, by 33 votes at second reading, reports The BBC.
Business Secretary Sajid Javid said the bill was “not a declaration of war” against unions but necessary to stop “endless” threats of industrial action.
Labour said the bill was “draconian and counter-productive”.
I have good news to report in Wisconsin.
The recall election for Republican governor Scott Walker will take place on June 7. Polls show Walker Leads Barrett 52%-45%.
Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker leads Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett by 7 percentage points in the state’s June 5 recall election.
Eliseo Medina, secretary treasurer of the Service Employees International Union and labor’s point man on immigration, has been waiting decades for a moment like this one. “I think we get it this year,” a smiling Medina told TPM in his office in Washington.
Common sense won out twice in Wisconsin in the past two weeks. On September 11, Wisconsin Act 10 upheld in another federal court challenge.
A federal judge on Wednesday dismissed one of the lawsuits challenging Act 10, Gov. Scott Walker’s budget repair bill in 2011 that eliminated most collective bargaining powers held by Wisconsin public unions.
Activists in Wisconsin have hit upon a method that coud conceivably lead to the end of the deadlock there. Several Republican State Senators are eligible for recall, and progressives in the state are going to go for it: