Union busting governor Scott Walker will speak at the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) next month.
The anti-union Wisconsin governor and ALEC have a reputation for taking worker rights and protections away. Walker, who is running for president of the United States in 2016, has been ALEC’s puppet since he was a young lawmaker, working to pass legislation to privatize public services and to force the layoffs of union workers. In fact, during his first year as governor of Wisconsin, Walker signed 19 ALEC bills into law to go after unions.
If elected president, Walker would become beholden to special interest groups and to his billionaire backers.
Despite dozens of corporations fleeing its ranks because of its questionable policies, ALEC is still up to no good. Watch this investigative report on how a journalist tries to get information as ALEC held a closed door meeting with lawmakers and lobbyists in Georgia.
ALEC, a Washington, DC-based politically ultra-conservative non-profit, thrives on operating in the shadows of American government to push anti-worker, anti-union legislation in statehouses across the country. The group pushes policies to reverse the progress of the American middle class and drive workers to the bottom, to the lowest wages, the weakest benefits, no job security and no retirement to speak of.
Founded in 1973, ALEC supports free market principles and courts financial support from various foundations, including those controlled by the Koch Brothers.
ALEC sponsors private meetings allowing state lawmakers and corporate executives to frame legislation that is later introduced in state legislatures. The laws tilt in the favor of big business. ALEC has pushed legislation that has been harmful to fire fighters’ rights to collectively bargain and has also proposed other anti-union policies.