I don’t want to see a conspiracy where there isn’t one, but as some politicians push to cut reproductive and economic rights for women, it’s hard not to view other efforts that would disproportionately impact women through that same lens of attack.
So when labor statistics suggest that moves to weaken unions at the state and local level would impact women more than men, it’s tough not to judge Gov. Scott Walker’s (R-Wis.) apparent union-busting crusade as anything other than the latest swipe at American women.
According to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, 61 percent of local government workers and 52 percent of state government employees are women. Broken down further, the information gathered by the IWPR from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that public sector employees who are teachers, nurses, administrative assistants, secretaries and teacher’s assistants — jobs that are primarily held by women — have the highest rate of union membership.
When those statistics are viewed in conjunction with Walker’s statements that Wisconsin union members who are police and firefighters — professions that are still heavily male-dominated — would be exempt from his plan, it seems clear that efforts to cut union wages and benefits, as well as collective bargaining rights, would put women at the back of the economic line more so than men.
So what happens next? That’s what I’m pondering today over at Politics Daily.