Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said Monday that his plan to strip public workers of collective bargaining rights doesn’t amount to “union busting.”
Over the weekend, the governor rejected the union’s offer of financial concessions in return for being able to keep their collective bargaining rights.
“They say that this is not about balancing the budget, this is about union busting,” ABC’s George Stephanopoulos told Walker Monday. “The unions and the Democrats have said they’re willing to take the concessions on wage and health benefits. They’re willing to take about an 8 percent pay cut, but they simply don’t want you to take away their collective bargaining rights.”
“What we’re asking for, realistically, is something nearly every other person in this state and every other person across this country paying a whole lot more for when it comes to retirement and health care,” Walker replied.
“They’ve already said they were willing to give up on the pensions and the health care,” Stephanopoulos pressed. “They’ve already said that. They’ve already made those concessions.”
“But you can say anything in the midst of the debate,” Walker insisted.
This video is from ABC’s Good Morning America, broadcast Feb. 21, 2011.