MADISON — Wisconsin’s prison guards could vote as soon as next year in whether to break away from the Wisconsin State Employees Union.
The vote would culminate a bitter fight over election setbacks, discontent with labor leaders, and anger about working conditions 17 months after the state all but eliminated public sector union rights, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Sunday.
Brian Cunningham, a guard at the Waupun Correctional Institution, said he’s filed more than 1,900 signatures demanding a new union for about 5,800 prison workers, game wardens and other state employees classified as security and public safety workers.
“We tried to change our union from the inside,” Cunningham said. “They didn’t realize there was such a hunger to do what we’re doing.”
WSEU director Marty Beil said the guards are in for a rude awakening if they succeed in forming an independent union with lower dues and a smaller staff, because they would lack sufficient resources to serve members. He acknowledged that the leaders of the break-away effort are veteran union members, but he said they lack experience in crucial arenas such as the Legislature and the courts.
“They are going to get slaughtered, but they won’t listen to anything, and I just don’t know how to stop them from walking down that path,” Beil said.
Geez, I can’t understand why on earth the union members wouldn’t like to be belittled and insulted by the head of their union. Shocking.
Perhaps they’re sick and tired of the, “let them eat cake” attitude of the glorious leaders of their union:
Yeah, tell me again about how it’s all about the workers’ “constitutional” rights.
If anyone knows about “eating cake”, it’s fatso Marty Beil.
“after the state all but eliminated public sector union rights”
Good to see that the Press-Gazette is keeping up this meme. (Yet they wonder why their readership keeps dwindling, especially with the awesome unbiased reporting that they continue to do. )