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Walker’s Bureaucrats Bully Workers at Lincoln Hills
Not satisfied stripping worker rights – they now want to strip workers’ of their clothes
When Gov. Scott Walker and his allies stripped bargaining rights from most public employees, they saidworkers no longer needed union protection from overreaching bosses. Now that they’ve stripped away rights, they are trying to literally strip the clothes off state employees.
On Jan. 5, a long-time employee of Lincoln Hills Schools was ordered by his supervisor to remove his green shirt bearing an AFSCME logo – even though Lincoln Hills has no dress code prohibiting the wearing of any type of clothing except items that feature messages about drugs, alcohol or sex.
When the worker, Ron McAllister, refused to remove his t-shirt, he was sent home. In a phone conversation with union representative Troy Bauch, Lincoln Hills Superintendent Paul Westerhaus said that from now on, any worker wearing a union shirt will be told to remove the garment. If the employee refuses, he or she may be disciplined.
As of mid-day Friday, employees had not been provided any written copy of this new, unconstitutional edict, which Westerhaus said came from his superiors in Madison.
On Jan. 6, McAllister came to work in union garb and was again ordered to remove his union clothing, which involved multiple layers down to his underwear. After putting him through an embarrassing wringer, supervisors relented and said McAllister could stay for the day.
“These guys think they can push people around over things that have nothing to do with how we work. It’s degrading. It shows a complete lack of respect. We’re not going to let them get away with it,” said McAllister, president of Wisconsin State Employees Union Local 6.
Bauch said disciplining workers over the color of their shirt shows just how far the Walker administration will go to try to intimidate workers. “They are sitting around thinking of ways to bully people and it’s undermining morale, efficiency and safety in the workplace,” he said.
WSEU Executive Director Marty Beil said the union is not going to stand idly by and watch good workers bullied by Walker’s bureaucrats. “This is an assault on a very basic freedom and we do not acquiesce to giving up our freedom to petty tyrants,” Beil said.
Union members and supporters will hold an informational picket to show support for McAllister and all who value their rights at NOON on Monday, Jan. 9, at the Lincoln Hills front gate, W4380 Copper Lake Road, Irma.