Women are the Real Losers in Wisconsin’s Labor Fight

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-dominatedwould 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.

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6 Responses to “Women are the Real Losers in Wisconsin’s Labor Fight”

  1. Shannon Drury Says:

    As the late feminist Kurt Cobain once sang: “just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean they’re not after you!” I think this column is right on the money…..pun intended.

  2. Alida Says:

    So true, so sad..and so much the same…
    decade after decade…
    thanks for this

  3. Colleen Says:

    I don’t think this is anti-women. I think it’s just a divide and conquer strategy. If he’s successful here, he’ll go after the other union groups as well.

  4. Deekaman Says:

    Really? You are pulling out stuff that just isn’t there. Return to reality, please?

  5. Kirish Says:

    I am a teacher. Most of us are women. Before collective bargaining we couldn’t even use sick days for maternity leave. Michigan is in a similar situation. In my district we are the lowest paid in the county with the highest number of students and hours. We already pY for part of our benefits and have high deductables. This is all About breaking the rights of workers. Thet started with teachers because by nature we give back so much of our pay to purchase supplies for our students. It has not been in our nature to cause a fuss! But they have crossed a line and we Re now going to be heard

  6. Daisy Says:

    I teach in Wisconsin, and I continually have to remind people that my income is not “extra.” I am the primary breadwinner for the family, provider of benefits, and more. This attack on our bargaining rights really hurts my ability to support my family.

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