MADISON (WKOW) -- Unfair labor practice charges have been filed against Gov. Scott Walker Monday with the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission by the Wisconsin State Employees Union, AFSCME Council 24. The union claims Walker is breaking state law by failing to negotiate in good faith with state workers.
"This governor has never made any attempt to contact the unions he is attacking, much less negotiate in good faith as required by law," said Council 24 Executive Director Marty Beil.
Gov. Walker responded to the complaint Monday. He said the state can't negotiate because in good faith bargaining, both sides need something to offer... and the state can't offer anything because it's broke.
Walker said the state has the right to take the actions he's proposing.
"Other states -- Virginia, Arkansas, Arizona -- there are plenty of other states that do not have collective bargaining and many more beyond that that have a limited form of collective bargaining like we're proposing here," said Walker. "So legally they can file suits, but in the end the facts are the law is on our side. We have a right to do this to the statutes and that's what we're doing."
Walker says his budget repair bill, which ends most collective bargaining rights for state employees, is necessary to help close the state's budget deficit.