Indiana, Meet Wisconsin
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  • Chase Crucil

    Unionization, however, might be appropriate in the service sector, where wages and benefits are notoriously low. Employees at McDonald’s, for example, might be able to use collective bargaining to acquire better wages and benefits. What do you think of this?

  • Mark Michael

    National Review Online (NRO) posted about a recent poll in Wisconsin on Gov. Scott Walker:

    http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/289264/new-poll-delivers-scott-walker-good-news-christian-schneider

    It shows that 51% approve of Walker’s performance and 46% disapprove. It was taken Jan 19 – 22. In 2011, Walker had higher disapproval numbers than approval. The Democrats submitted a petition to have a recall election for Walker with over 1 million signatures this month. But it appears that the average voter is moving away from supporting his repeal. More and more local news stories report on savings in local governments, thanks to Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.

    Walker leads the potential D rivals to replace him as governor in this recent poll. I suspect his polls will improve as the year goes along.

    Recall all of the public worker demos in Madison during the time Walker’s Budget Repair Bill was passed and then the months following that. But it looks like it may be for naught.

    Indiana will be the 23rd Right-to-Work state if that law passes the legislature and Daniels signs it. Daniels had issued an executive order in his first term ending collective bargaining by state workers, achieving what Walker struggled so hard to get, with little trouble.

    In neighboring Ohio (my state), Senate Bill 5, which tried to do similar things to what Wisconsin and Indiana are doing, was roundly defeated via ballot last November, 62-38. Ohio R’s are licking their wounds this year, and will probably not attempt to reign in public worker pay, at least at the state level. City and county governments are having to cut costs on their own however they can.

    Indiana and Ohio are often competing for jobs, trying to lure companies to set up shop in state. For example, Honda put its last assembly plant in Indiana at Greensburg two years ago; they just added 1,000 workers at that plant. Honda has just announced they plan to build a revived Acura sports car in Ohio. It is being designed at their Raymond, OH, design plant; that facility employs over a 1,000 design staff. Honda is nonunion. They have 13,000 employees in Ohio at (I think) 8 plants.

  • Kenny

    “City and county governments [in Ohio] are having to cut costs on their own however they can.”

    This is mainly by laying off of the self-anointed ‘everyday heros’ on the government dole.

  • LarryD

    #1 A Union cannot obtain higher wages and benefits than the jobs value will support. This is what has fundamentally tripped up unionism, eventually they price their members out of the market.

  • Mark Michael

    Another point on Ohio: various Tea Parties are gathering up signatures to put a right-to-work issue on the ballot. Whether they succeed in getting enough signatures for the 2012 elections is problematic. I suspect the professional R politicians hope they do not, after the drubbing they took at the ballot box last November on Senate Bill 5. But with Indiana likely passing their right-to-work bill shortly, perhaps if the Tea Parties do get it on the ballot, the voters might very well pass it. Who knows. Don’t want to lose businesses to neighboring Indiana.

  • Kenny
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