Walker says he won’t pursue union legislation in next session

Mar 02, 2015

Gov. Scott Walker signaled he wouldn’t pursue any new bills on public or private unions in the coming legislative session and wouldn’t touch the issue of right-to-work legislation until it had been debated as part of an election.

In a meeting with editors and reporters of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Friday, the Republican governor also set a high standard for approving a potential off-reservation tribal casino in Kenosha if it first received the needed go-ahead from the federal government.

Walker said he told legislative leaders from his party that he saw more labor legislation as a “huge distraction” from his core priorities of boosting the state’s economy, improving schools and training workers for needed jobs. He said it would hurt job growth in the state to have another round of bitter debate like the one that accompanied his mea sure in March 2011 to repeal most collective bargaining for most public workers, leading to the unsuccessful effort to recall him this year.

“This is not a wink and a nod thing. I’m not saying, ‘I’m not going to push it but you guys go ahead,’ ” Walker said of lawmakers.

“Even in terms of tweaking collective bargaining or anything else like that, I think that all those things open the door for that kind of debate and that kind of intensity.”

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