Scott Walker to Announce Proposal to Curb Union Power Nationally

Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker will call for massive restrictions to organized labor, including some he pushed for in home state of Wisconsin that helped propel him onto national stage.

  • At event in Las Vegas late Monday, two-term governor will propose eliminating unions for federal government employees, making all workplaces right-to-work unless individual states vote otherwise, and eliminating National Labor Relations Board that oversees labor practices, according to his campaign
  • Also will call for end of Davis-Bacon Act, federal law that requires government contractors to pay workers the local prevailing wage, a perennial target for elimination by the business community
  • Proposal would also allow employers to provide employees with the option of using overtime for time off from work, instead of extra pay
  • Proposes requiring federal employee unions to disclose and certify the portion of dues used for political activity and prohibit withholding for that amount
  • Expected to say he would work with Congress, or use executive power, to make the changes if elected president
  • “Our plan will eliminate the big government unions entirely and put the American people back in charge of their government,” Walker is expected to say, according to excerpts of his speech provided in advance. “Federal employees should work for the taxpayers -- not the other way around.”
  • “Any economic plan that does not bring our federal labor laws into the 21st Century is incomplete,” Walker is expected to say. “To grow the economy at a higher rate, requires a comprehensive approach and reform of the labor unions is a key part of the plan.”
  • LINK: White paper

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