OutrageousWhen you read about some horrendous new decision from the Walker administration, never overlook the disturbing likelihood that there sometimes is even more awful stuff going on behind the scenes -- or, in some cases, nothing going on when it should be. For example:
On Monday, two state employee unions, the State Professional Education and Information Council and the Wisconsin State Attorneys Association, filed unfair labor practice complaints with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC).
The complaint in each case: Gov. Scott Walker has failed to bargain with the unions since he took office 14 months ago -- both before and after he got the Republican-dominated legislature to gut collective bargaining with most public employees, local and state.
Walker's signature measure all but ending meaningful collective bargaining finally was enacted late in June 2011 after court challenges. Since then, say the two unions, the Walker administration has not responded to their repeated requests for a bargaining date, even though they succeeded in elections to certify their bargaining status.