I would hope that Peter Kinder, Shane Schoeller and their anti-worker ilk in the Missouri legislature would pause for a minute after reading the following article out of Wisconsin. Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has said that he SUPPORTS the prevailing wage and has NO INTENTION of pushing Right to Work for Less.
Got that? It bears repeating: one of the nation's most extreme anti-worker politicians is opposed to Right to Work for Less and supports the prevailing wage.
Right-to-work legislation continues to be a contentious issue around the country, particularly in Indiana.
But don't look for Gov. Scott Walker to raise the issue in Wisconsin, particularly after the bruising battle over collective bargaining and public-sector unions.
Cullen Werwie, Walker's spokesman, said the governor would not be introducing any right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin.
That's what Terrance E. McGowan, business manager of Operating Engineers Local 139, believes, too.[...]
McGowan said he spoke with Walker's campaign at the time to underscore that the union was in favor of prevailing wage laws and was opposed to right-to-work laws.
"Scott Walker told me directly that he believed in prevailing wage," McGowan said. "I tried to hold some dialogue with him when the collective-bargaining issue went down. I am a union man. I believe in collective bargaining. The one thing he assured me, time and again, is that he believes in private sector unions. I don't know whatever beef he had with public sector unions. But he said he believed in private sector unions, and that's why I believe I have no reason to believe that right to work would be a threat from his office."
One would hope that elected officials here in Missouri would take heed of Gov. Walker's positions on Right to Work for Less and the Prevailing Wage, especially give what he's been through - and will most likely be thrown out of office for - in his fights with organized labor to date.
You've gotta know you're wrong when you're to the right of one of the nation's least liked governors, right?