Rep. Richards claims unions not re-certifying caused by Walker 'anti-worker law'

Rep. Richards claims unions not re-certifying caused by Walker 'anti-worker law'

By Jay Sorgi. CREATED Sep 22, 2011 - UPDATED: Sep 22, 2011

MADISON - Union members chanted during the Capitol Chaos protests earlier in 2011 that Governor Scott Walker's collective bargaining policies, now put into law, were "union-busting."

Those policies included new, more stringent standards for union re-certification

Many of the state's largest public workers unions have decided to not even attempt the process, and a Democratic state representative from Milwaukee claims that the move shows "another example of the anti-worker legislation that Walker and his Republican allies have been passing through the State Capitol."

"His anti-worker law has created an incredibly high standard for recertification," said Milwaukee Democratic Representative Jon Richards on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News." 

"51% of all union members, not just those who cast the votes, had to vote for recertification.  That's a much higher standard than anybody has to face in Wisconsin to run for public office, for example."

Richards told 620WTMJ that unions came to the realization that money would be beter utilized by "organizing and advocating for their members." 

He also claimed that Walker's policies have "resulted in unemployment that has been high for the last three months, and the unemployment rate is now higher than when Walker took office."

In fact, the Department of Workforce Development says that the August 2011 state unemployment rate was 7.9 percent, compared to 7.4 percent when Walker took office in January 2011.

That 7.9 percent is the same rate that it was in August 2010.  The January 2010 rate was 9.6 percent.

Richards claimed that local governments took the brunt of the cuts under Walker's collective bargaining law and budget plans.

" School districts, for example, took the largest hit in the country under Walker's budget.  Certainly, local governments and school districts are really feeling a major hit.  Unfortunately, all this collective bargaining law did - the anti-worker law did - was make things much harder for middle class families."

Newsradio 620 WTMJ contacted offices for both Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including Governor Scott Walker, for comment on this story.