Walker Blames Sluggish Wisconsin Job Growth On 2011 Union Protests

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Friday blamed the state’s sluggish job growth on “uncertainty” due to the mass-union protests triggered when his administration essentially ended collective bargaining for most public employees in 2011.

“The first year we had a lot of protests in the state,” Walker said, according to the Journal Sentinel. “We had two years’, almost, worth of recalls. A lot of employers here I think can relate to the fact (that) uncertainty is one of the biggest challenges for employers big or small or anywhere in between. There was a lot of uncertainty. The good news is that’s passed.”


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