MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed into law a bill that would prohibit local governments from enacting a wide variety of employment regulations.

The new law Walker signed Monday would block local officials from setting requirements for overtime or benefits, minimum wages for local government employees, employment discrimination ordinances and requirements for labor peace agreements. Those are deals in which employers agree to allow a union to attempt to organize.

The bill passed the Senate and Assembly with Republicans united in support and Democrats against.

The measure was among 93 Walker signed in the Capitol on Monday.

17 replies on “Walker signs bill limiting employer agreements”

    1. And local control for schools, cities, counties, police, firefighters?
      Why did Walker go this way?

      1. Why, I’m shocked you don’t have an “in” with the Gov, John. Call him. I’m sure he’d welcome your insight.

  1. You guys are cute. This is fun. Do you realize that you are both right? Yes, this does limit local control. And yes, this does apply a uniform federal standard.

    And yes, both of you are right.

    And yes, that will not be enough for anyone.

    The Democrats (me) will lament the loss of local control. Which is real and valid. They will criticize the Republican party for violating its own plank of less government being better government by forcing the federal government (we know what Grover Norquist says about that) to oversee more things. Which is a direct conflict with what the Republican party wants to do with the environment (the EPA), and Education (Betsy DeVos). It is a party torn.

    The Republicans will say that this is an attempt to get local municipalities protection from abusive unions. That it allows us all to live under the same equal protections.

    But, it is fun, because you are both right. And even right, you can keep arguing.

    1. Who’s arguing? John and I are besties. He just doesn’t know it…..yet.
      As for your “arguments” Dino, you’re wrong on a few things. The Republicans (I guess, me) fail to see how you can say this violates the “less govt” approach. It supports it by eliminating the local yokel dems from peeing in their own bowl of Wheaties. A party torn? Yeah okay…. Because some things are better handled and dare I say regulated by the feds and other things are better dealt with at a more local level hardly creates a “party torn”. If you want to get into that whole party torn thing, let’s sometime have a discussion on how the D nomination was outright stolen from that whack-job Bernie by Canklesaurus Rex Clinton. But I digress….this isn’t the place for that, but I’ll gladly dance that waltz with you sometime.

      1. I will focus my response in reaction to “Because some things are better handled and dare I say regulated by the feds and other things are better dealt with at a more local level hardly creates a “party torn””

        So, there is a call by the majority of the Republican party to give states control of thing (abortion, gay marriage, social issues mostly), but at the same time, not give up control of anything fiscal to states of localities. So, in this case, the narrative for social issues is one that is giving control to local municipalities, but at the same time, pulling more control back to the feds for union issues.

        This is a clear conflict in a belief structure. And I feel I have responded to your comment.

      2. Dino, I am not sure I am making your case…. restrictions against voting, unions, funding cuts for school districts, cities, counties, university systems, I am against allowing one segment of society harming the rights and abilities of others to be successful, whether corporations are allowed to pollute and degrade our environment, state government underfunding education, health care, using the power they have to take property away from individuals to benefit oil pipelines, building energy plants, pumping extreme amounts of water and dumping massive amount of animal waste… and the city, county, region have no way of preventing these abuses.

        We have a stake in what government does and doesn’t do, and I prefer that workers be given more say in how they work and what they get for their labor, that cities and counties and other local governments have enough funding to achieve the goals that are decided by local officials and that science be given a fair consideration and that we work toward sustainability and renewable energy and recycle and understand that we live on a Planet that is finite and growth is limited by our resources… so we need to improve the way we operate.

        I hope I have made that manifest in my comments and not getting
        lost in semantics.

    2. Dino, you’re wrong on a few things.

      The Democrats lament the loss of local control and country control. Which is real and valid. The Republican party is violating its own plank of less government and the idea of being fiscally responsible by creating deficits an debt.
      A Republican party working to destroy our environment (the EPA), and our Education (Betsy DeVos).
      It is a party torn.

      The Republicans aren’t protecting local municipalities protection from unions, but instead restrict workers rights to negotiate wages, working conditions, health care, safety, and pensions… with legal contracts that both sides agree with and then enforce… it raise the positions and income for workers… that is important to me!

      The Republicans fail to achieve “less government” by providing federal laws and preventing local control!

      I doubt that we can become besties when you make uncivil and ill mannered comments like… “the local yokel dems from peeing in their own bowl of Wheaties.” Not happening and just too crude for open comments…

      I can agree that with this, except that when the Federal funding is cut… it limits the ability of states, counties, cities, and other local agencies to function… when the state funding is cut that means cities, counties, school districts, universities… all suffer.

      “Because some things are better handled and dare I say regulated by the feds and other things are better dealt with at a more local level”

      I don’t want to waltz, but line dancing and square dancing including women is always fun.

      1. See John, you are making my point manifest. You say restriction, they say local control. My point being, that one narrative is created in support of something, and one narrative is created in opposition. The action is the same, but the narratives are opposed. This is an interesting occurance.

      2. John, you’ve been spinning that old record for SO long, it’s nauseating actually. “A Republican party working to destroy our environment and our education system”………LMFAO! Seriously, that’s ALL you’ve got? Democrats have already destroyed our education system and continue to do so. When the inmates run they asylums, there isn’t much good to come from it. As far as uncivil and ill mannered comments, well, I guess you live in a glass house bound in bubble wrap, huh? Give me a break, Mr Manners. Oh, the last time I checked, you can waltz with a woman. Line dancing? I can see you doing that. Akin to falling in line with the rest of the sheeple. A perfect fit.

      3. “A Republican party working to destroy our environment… “
        Seriously!
        and I say it and sign my real name!
        According to the National Geographic: “The Trump administration’s tumultuous first year has brought a flurry of changes—both realized and anticipated—to U.S. environmental policy. Many of the actions roll back Obama-era policies that aimed to curb climate change and limit environmental pollution, while others threaten to limit federal funding for science and the environment.” https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/03/how-trump-is-changing-science-environment/

        “and our education system”…
        While attending ASU and earning my teaching degree in multiple areas… it was considered important to join the NEA or AFT… professional education groups and the Council for Exceptional Children and other Special Needs professional organizations…

        According the NEA:
        5 ways Trump and DeVos are failing students on civil rights
        “At her confirmation hearing earlier this year, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos admitted her lack of awareness of the federal law.  Since then, her commitment to enforcing the law has come into question.
        A vocal supporter of vouchers and private charter schools–where accountability and transparency are often non-existent–DeVos has concentrated on expanding those programs rather than finding ways to improve the public school system for all students, including those with disabilities.
        In her zeal for these education schemes, DeVos conveniently ignores the fact that once steered into those private school options, students and families may lose their legal rights of due process and redress for accountability.”

        http://time.com/5053007/betsy-devos-education-secretary-2017-controversies/
        The Biggest Controversies From Betsy DeVos’ First Year

        “that’s ALL you’ve got?”
        Let’s see? Informed, experience in education and an avid supporter of our environment, and the truth??? yep… and that is only part of what I got and YES… I support manners and civility!

      4. “As someone who does have some old chestnuts I return to on the internet, it is valid to point out the desire to have a substantive discussion should outweigh our falling into old conversational habits.”
        Dino, what is that supposed to mean?
        old chestnuts???
        I am an advocate and have a desire to see our government function for the people, educations that works, the EPS protecting our environment and climate science being recognized and acted on as time is literally running out… the military get it, other nation get it, but seems too many in America don’t grasp the reality and importance and rather than seek intel and actions, resort to insults and really boorish behavior.

        “I just realize I am not adding to the conversation.”
        BUT you made a comment and avoided making any commitment to what is important and what we need in the future… starting today.

        “I wonder if anyone else has these moments of considered value.”
        Dino, yes, each and every comment is a moment of considered value! So where do you stand and what do you value?

  2. As someone who does have some old chestnuts I return to on the internet, it is valid to point out the desire to have a substantive discussion should outweigh our falling into old conversational habits. I know, I know. I do it too. But, often times I read comments and think “OOOOH, I could say….” and I just realize I am not adding to the conversation.

    I wonder if anyone else has these moments of considered value.

    1. Dino,
      “As someone who does have some old chestnuts I return to on the internet, it is valid to point out the desire to have a substantive discussion should outweigh our falling into old conversational habits.”
      Dino, what is that supposed to mean?
      old chestnuts???
      I am an advocate and have a desire to see our government function for the people, educations that works, the EPS protecting our environment and climate science being recognized and acted on as time is literally running out… the military get it, other nation get it, but seems too many in America don’t grasp the reality and importance and rather than seek intel and actions, resort to insults and really boorish behavior.

      “I just realize I am not adding to the conversation.”
      BUT you made a comment and avoided making any commitment to what is important and what we need in the future… starting today.

      “I wonder if anyone else has these moments of considered value.”
      Dino, yes, each and every comment is a moment of considered value! So where do you stand and what do you value?

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