Folks you may have to sit down for this one. Yesterday the President of the United States was interviewed by Milwaukee Wisconsin TV Station WTMJ and when asked about the Union Protests regarding the States Budget he said he wasn’t following it that closely but “Some of what I’ve heard coming out of Wisconsin, where you’re just making it harder for public employees to collectively bargain generally, seems like more of an assault on unions,”(video below)
The President is talking about the provisions within the Governors budget which would force state workers to cover half of their pension contributions and 13 percent of their own health insurance costs. The plan would also strip government workers of the power to collectively bargain for higher wages unless the public approved it through an annual vote. The plan would also end compulsory dues payments for state workers. Governor Walker has said that if lawmakers don’t agree to his plan, he will be forced to lay off 6,000 of the state’s 170,000 workers.