Presidential candidate and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced his plan to completely destroy labor unions and dismantle the labor board in the US. Though once a favorite to win the Republican nomination, Walker has fallen in the national polls and hopefully his plan to protect corporations, while removing worker protections and benefits.
Since 1927, Wisconsin law has required employers in manufacturing and retail to give workers at least one 24-hour period off per calendar week. Union-busting Governor Scott Walker repealed the law on July 12 with an amendment to a two-year budget. According to the new law, working seven days in a row is “voluntary,” but as Donald Kettl, former head of the University of Wisconsin’s La Follette School of Public Affairs contends, many workers will probably feel they are putting their job at risk if they refuse. The old law allowed for waivers, such as for retail workers during the Christmas season, which provided records to monitor possible abuse by employers.