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.