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Governor Walker's Recognition & State Workers

Scott Walker, Wisconsin

From MJS:

 

 

Walker worker award plan draws hoots

 

Well, at least Gov. Scott Walker and state workers are speaking to each other again.  He's telling them he wants to formally recognize their many fine achievements, and they're telling him to stick it.

 

Emotions are still raw after the bruising fight over the state budget and the Republican governor's quest to eliminate most collective bargaining for unionized public employees across Wisconsin.

 

So the timing for this pat on the head seems surprising, though not to him.

 

"He's pretty consistent throughout everything that's happened.  He's been totally consistent in praising the good work that the professional public employees do across the state," said Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie.

 

Walker wants workers to nominate colleagues for outstanding innovation, dedication and going the extra mile, though miles logged at the protest marches wouldn't count.  And he's asking the public to nominate workers who gave excellent customer service.

 

If you want to know what some workers think about the idea, visit the comment section on YouTube under Walker's video.  "We can't say thank you enough from one end of the state to the other, from one state agency to another," Walker said about his new State Employee Recognition Program a few days ago, just in time for State Employee Appreciation Week.

 

"I think I just sprained my eye-rolling muscles," was one of the many responses.  As of Thursday, 15 people clicked that they liked what he had to say, and 681 disliked it.

 

"This is the moral equivalent of beating up your wife and then taking her out to dinner to make up for it," another wrote.

 

"If this is supposed to be a peace pipe type situation, I wonder what he is smoking," someone opined.

 

Name-calling abounds, which isn't cool.  But you get the sense these are folks who would rather be handed a scorpion than a plaque from the governor.

 

Werwie said the online commenters are but a small fraction of 80,000 state workers.  And he said liberal national blogs have linked to the video, eliciting feedback from farther way.

 

Not all the reaction is anonymous.

 

"Nothing coming from Scott Walker is anything good.  It was a shallow, completely meaningless exercise," said Gilbert Johnson, a clerical worker at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and president of AFSCME Local 82 there.  He said the loss of income among lower paid workers will hurt.

 

"We plan to nominate maybe Spencer Coggs or Lena Taylor," he told me, referring to Democratic senators who headed to Illinois to postpone a vote on the budget-repair bill.

 

Alex Hanna, co-president of the Teaching Assistants' Association at UW-Madison, yawned at the recognition idea.  "The thing that really benefits state workers is being able to bargain as a collective unit.  I think state workers and the people organizing protests against this action see this as a slap in the face," he said.

 

University employees learned of Walker's program from an email sent by Kevin Reilly, UW System president, at Walker's request.  That was met by an open letter from the UWM University Committee telling Reilly, "we deeply regret the humiliating position in which you were placed by Gov. Scott Walker," and calling the program "disingenuous, insulting and condescending" to faculty and staff.

 

http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/121366994.html

 

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