The Wisconsin Education Association Council (WEAC), Wisconsin’s paramount teachers union, issued layoff notices to 40 percent of its staff. Union bosses blame Gov. Scott Walkers “union-busting” legislation as the cause for the layoffs. Executive Director of WEAC Dan Burkhalterdeclared, “We had to make decisions about this budget year that starts in a couple weeks, based on the number of members we have now.” To summarize, the union had to balance their budget.
The above statement sounds eerily familiar to Gov. Scott Walker’s logic for the supposed “union-busting” budget repair bill. Gov. Walker stated, “We must take immediate action to ensure fiscal stability in our state. This budget repair bill will meet the immediate needs of our state and give government the tools to deal with this and future budget crises.”