WTDY’s intrepid reporter, Dylan Brogan, has just reported that officials at the the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau say they began work on the union-busting Act 10, at the request of Scott Walker, in November of 2010– days after the election.
Full story below video.
This directly contradicts sworn testimony Walker gave to the U.S. House Oversight Committee in April 2011, where he said that labor unions trying to have their contract approved in a lame-duck Decemb0er session was the motivation and starting point for the creation of Act 10. (see video testimony below)
This revelation is on top of the so-called “Widow Hendricks” video [see Billionaire businesswoman caught in video with Scott Walker] surfaced that shows a pre-Act 10 Walker talking about using a “divide and conquer” strategy to weaken Wisconsin’s unions to acheive a goal of making Wisconsin a “completely red state.”
Prior to 2010 election, Walker promised on several occasions to negotiate with unions and never gave any indication that he would kill public employees ability to negotiate.
This so-called “bait and switch” is a primary motivation behind the recall effort.
Documents reveal Walker began drafting Act 10 in November 2010, contradicting his testimony before Congress
Dylan Brogan – WTDY NEWS
On April 14th, 2011, Gov. Scott Walker was called before Congress to testify at a hearing title, “State and Municipal Debt: Tough Choices Ahead”. Governor Walker and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin were selected because of their contrasting approaches to governing under difficult fiscal circumstances. Regarding the process in which Governor Walker went about achieving concessions from state employees, Walker thought it was important to put in the record that, “In December, after the elections but before I was sworn into office, the public sector unions and the state rushed to the lame-duck session Legislature and to the Governor and tried to pass through contracts that would have locked us into a dire financial situation.”
But drafting documents obtained by WTDY News from the non-partisan Legislative Reference Bureau reveal that Act 10 was actually being drafted in November, just weeks after Walker was elected governor. As lawmakers struggled to pass state worker contracts in December of 2010, a non-partisan state attorney was already hard at work drafting the very provision in ACT 10 that stripped away bargaining rights for nearly all public employees in Wisconsin.
Cathlene Hanaman is the Deputy Chief at the Legislative Reference Bureau and has drafted all the collective bargaining changes in recent years, which she says were always minor until Governor Walker was elected. When shown an email she sent to another non-partisan bill drafter on December 3rd, 2010, Hanaman confirmed that the legislation described in the email was part of a project she had been assigned in November and that veteran Department of Administration budget staffers were working with her on behalf of then governor-elect Walker. In the email, the intent of the legislation lists “prohibiting public employee union from collectively bargaining over health care benefits.” An undated memo entitled “Alternative Approach to Collective Bargaining,” given to Hanaman at an early meeting with Department of Administration staffers, lays out plans to prohibit any state or local public employer from collecting union dues, require public sector unions to vote to recertify each year, and allow police and firefighter unions to keep all their bargaining rights.
Barely a week after being elected, Walker made the unprecedented move of asking then-Governor Jim Doyle to halt negotiations on long overdue state labor contracts. Walker said he wanted the negotiations stopped so he could deliver on his campaign promise to help balance the budget by bringing benefit contribution levels for state employees more in line with the private sector. But democrats brought the Legislature back for a rare lame duck session in mid-December despite repeated objections from Walker.
In his testimony before Congress, Walker cited this lame-duck session as the catalyst for Act 10. “When people ask why we didn’t begin by negotiating, the tone was set early on by the process that was taken – after the election but before we were sworn in – and that’s why it became clear to us that we need to empower our state and local government to make those sort of long-term changes.”
During that lame duck session, it looked as though the contracts might pass over Walker’s objections, but Sen. Russ Decker shocked his fellow democrats when his last vote as Senate Majority Leader killed the 11th hour effort to give state workers a contract before Scott Walker took over negotiating duties for the state.
Walker’s testimony before Congress has also been called into question because of recently released footage from the documentary “As Goes Janesville.”
In the footage, walker is asked by Beloit billionaire and campaign supporter Diane Hendricks, “Any chance we’ll ever get to be a completely red state and work on these unions?”
Walker responded by describing what he called a “divide and conquer” strategy.
“The first step is, were going to deal with collective bargaining for public employee unions,” he told her.
Walker’s meet and greet with Hendricks occurred just over a month before the lame duck session of the Legislature, again contradicting his testimony that the push to re-negotiate contracts sparked his controversial collective bargaining law. It is a Federal offense to knowingly and willingly tell false statements under oath. WTDY NEWS
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