WisPolitics brings this pronouncement from temporary Senate Majority Leader Mark Miller (D–Monona):
“Senate Democrats remain strongly committed to restoring the collective bargaining rights that were stripped away by Governor Walker and Republican legislators this session. Any statement that we are not fully committed to this fight is simply ridiculous.
“We left our home and families for almost a month to try to stop the attack on the working families of Wisconsin so it is beyond me that anyone could question the commitment of the Senate Democrats to this important issue. Throughout the remainder of the session we worked repeatedly to restore collective bargaining rights.
“Restoring the rights of workers to collectively bargain is a key part of building back our economy in Wisconsin. Because of Governor Walker and Legislative Republicans, tens of thousands of workers can no longer negotiate over the hours they work, the safety conditions they labor under, or the health insurance and retirement benefits they and their families depend on. Wisconsin now has fewer valuable experienced employees because they have retired or left our state for other jobs.
“The long-term damage to our work force may never be completely undone, but Senate Democrats will continue to look for ways to restore the rights taken from them in a radical plan pushed by Governor Walker, Republican Legislators and out-of-state special interest groups.”
So what happens if the Senate undoes Act 10? (“If” being the operative word, given that most political observers think that Miller’s term as Senate majority leader will end after Nov. 6.) It dies in the Assembly, of course, because I know of no one who believes the Assembly will switch party control after the Nov. 6 elections. And even if that was the case, Walker will of course veto the bill, and it will die because not even John Nichols’ feverish dreams include veto-proof Democratic control of the Legislature.
As for the part about how “Wisconsin now has fewer valuable experienced employees because they have retired or left our state for other jobs,” well, that depends on the employee. Some who retired or left were valuable. Some were not. With unemployment at 7 percent in this state, state and local governments are unlikely to have any problem finding replacements for these retired or departed workers. That’s how the 2012 workplace works, like it or not.
Miller’s statement has much validity as my saying that I will continue to look for ways to start for the Packers tonight.