Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is no stranger to taking on the labor unions and implementing reform. In fact, when labor leaders attempted to recall Walker, the Governor won his recall election by a wider percentage than he won his previous general election. Overall, he's beat big labor at the ballot box three times in a blue state.
Now, Walker is taking his labor reform platform national and will detail labor policy he plans to implement should he win the White House next year. His plan is bold and today he'll announce his desire to abolish the NLRB and federal government labor unions altogether. He'll also talk about accountability for government employees, currently protected from firing under federal labor rules, who have engaged in improper behavior.
"In 2012, taxpayers subsidized 3,395,187 hours of 'official time' time spent working for the union or lobbying. That cost the taxpayers $156 million," excerpts of Walker's speech, which will take place at a town hall meeting in Las Vegas, state. "While the IRS was busy harassing conservative organizations they also had more than 200 federal employees whose only work was for the big government union bosses. Wouldn't it be nice if they were working to help taxpayers?"
"Or how about the Department of Veterans Affairs? While more than 600,000 veterans were facing delays for medical care in the VA system, more than 250 federal employees - including nurses, pharmacists and rehabilitation experts - worked 100% of their time for the big government union bosses. Wouldn't be nice if they were working to help our veterans?" excerpts continue. "Our plan will eliminate the big government unions entirely and put the American people back in charge of their government. Federal employees should work for the taxpayers - not the other way around."
Walker will also offer the option of overtime pay in the form of vacation time so working families have more options.
It should be noted Walker's plan comes just weeks after President Obama mandated overtime pay for workers making less than $50,000 per year.