Anti Union Governor Walker from Wisconsin presided over a forum on job creation in the state with regional employers. The main gripe of the employers was that there is a shortage of unskilled labor. Why? Because those unemployed laborers refuse to accept non-union positions – even when the wage is livable. Why? Well, because the ability to collective bargain ensures a safe, prosperous, and more equitable environment for everyone involved in the manufacturing.
The other take-away gained from the article is that of the picketing outside the meeting. Protesters argued for infrastructure and housing stimulus to provide jobs for skilled and unskilled laborers. A telling perspective : a small business owner who told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that they would happily hire and grow their business under increased taxes ; it’s the uncertainty that is making them hesitate – not the possibility of increased revenue.