Glenn Grothman: wrong for wanting to help employers violate the right to free speech of their employees.
State Senator Glenn Grothman makes a point that visitors to Stately Blaska Manor know all too well: Our liberal/progressive friends love free speech as long as they agree with it.
Sen. Grothman brings my attention to Senate Bill 523, introduced by leftists Sen. Spencer Coggs of Milwaukee and Madison’s own Mark Pocan. Sen.Grothman says:
“It appears on its face that not only (university) chancellors and deans but department heads, members of committees that determine tenure or other employees would be barred from being critical of a union. This bill would go far beyond the National Labor Relations Act by using the word ‘discourage’ instead of ‘coerce’ or ‘intimidate.’”
Glenn says “Hatred for the free exchange of ideas has always been a priority of the hard Left. Be it the McCain-Feingold prohibitions against political free speech, Tammy Baldwin and Gwen Moore’s vote for the “Fairness Doctrine” to shut down talk radio, or the “hate speech” codes which proliferated at American universities in the 1980s and 1990s, the Left is always afraid of people hearing both sides of the story.”
Here's the actual bill:
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
Under current law, state employees covered under the State Employment Labor Relations Act and the faculty and academic staff of the University of Wisconsin System have similar collective bargaining rights. Current law also specifies unfair labor practices for these employers, including interfering with employees in the exercise of their rights to bargain collectively, creating or interfering with any labor organization, refusing to bargain collectively, and encouraging or discouraging membership in a labor organization by employment discrimination. This bill makes it an unfair labor practice for these employers to use any moneys received to discourage employees from exercising their rights to bargain collectively.Because protecting the rights of employees by definition violates the rights of employers -- the group Glenn has been programmed to protect.