Posted 5 years ago on May 2, 2012, 7:12 p.m. EST by GirlFriday
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Veteran labor attorney Bruce Ehlke, who litigated on behalf of labor unions in the 1970s during a period characterized by dozens of public sector strikes, says this about public workers in Wisconsin under Act 10: “They are basically wage slaves. They don’t have any real rights.”
Ehlke and Lounsbury agree that the far-reaching provisions of this assault on public workers don’t just roll back labor law to an earlier time. They actively cultivate hostile environments for workers. “Who in the world would want to go through the effort of earning the degrees necessary to practice in these professions (teaching, nursing, law) only to find themselves in employment where they are treated as children, where they have no say at all over their conditions of their employment?” asked Ehlke.