Seen as a great victory by the Wall Street plutocrats and greedy Republican fanatics who adore their precious college dropout Scott Walker, it?s become apparent that prisoners are doing the work that hard-working Union workers had done before. Walker never mentioned that he would bring about slave labor to indulge his Masters while taking away jobs from law-abiding workers trying to support their families.
One can only imagine the pattering clumsiness of his giggles in his limousine as he sees a field of prison laborers toiling for pennies while knowing that those who protested his selfish autocratic policies in the winter winds at the Capitol in Madison are scraping along to feed their children in their homes in modest communities.
While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker?s (R) law dismantling collective bargaining rights has harmed teachers, nurses, and other civil servants, it?s helping a different group in Wisconsinites ? inmates. Prisoners are now taking up jobs that used to be held by unionized workers in some parts of the state.
As the Madison Capital Times reports, ?Besides losing their right to negotiate over the percentage of their paycheck that will go toward health care and retirement, unions also lost the ability to claim work as a ?union-only? job, opening the door for private workers and evidently even inmates to step in and take their place.? Inmates are not paid for their work, but may receive time off of their sentences.
The law went into effect last week, and Racine County is already using inmates to do landscaping, painting, and another basic maintenance around the county that was previously done by county workers. The union had successfully sued to stop the country from using prison labor for these jobs last year, but with Walker?s new law, they have no recourse.
There have seen prisoners used at the Capitol in Madison to do landscaping work and other chores and there will be documentation of those events when available. Perhaps that was not reported yet. For those short-sided, clueless cheerleaders who see this as ?great news for Wisconsin taxpayers?, they are forgetting that the law-abiding workers supporting their families who used to do this work for a living wage aren?t buying as much in their communities and are struggling to keep their homes. Perhaps that?s just too complicated for some to figure out.
Union workers replaced with prisoners working for slave wages with Walker's Collective Bargaining Law - Scott Walker Watch