Saturday, February 19, 2011
Reported on Forbes:
(original emphasis)The Americans for Prosperity group, a Tea Party group that is a Koch Brothers front, has put up a website and petition called www.standwithwalker.com. The website attacks all collective bargaining – not just for public employees’ unions.
Here's the "anti-union" petition in its entirety:
Union dues should be voluntary, and the state should not be in the business of collecting them. Union certification should require a secret ballot. Collective bargaining should not be used to force extravagant pension and health benefits that cripple state budgets.
These common-sense reforms have made the union bosses desperate to disrupt Wisconsin government and overturn an election. They must not be allowed to succeed. In fact, every state should adopt Governor Scott Walker's common sense reforms.
The first sentence talks only about state-collected union dues, so the sentence refers to public sector unions, because the state does not collect private sector union dues. The next sentence affirms the legitimacy of the union certification process by insisting on a "secret ballot." The third sentence talks about "crippling state budgets", so it is clearly talking about public sector unions, because private sector unions do not "cripple state budgets."
The second paragraph talks about "disrupting Wisconsin government", so they are clearly referring to the illegal teachers union strike.
Please describe more clearly what part of the petition attacks all collective bargaining.