Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R) said today that last week’s Wisconsin recall election was a “turning point” for the future of unions.
Daniels, whose two terms in office have been marked by policies that weaken public and private collective bargaining, said unionism has no role in in the public sector and is on the decline in the private sector.
“I think really government works better without them, I really do,” Daniels said on “Fox News Sunday.” “We are not going after anybody. We are just going after better government.”
Daniels ended collective bargaining rights for Indiana’s state workers in 2005.
Appearing on the same show, National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel said the re-election of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is part of a systematic attack on labor.
“I think this is part of the divide and conquer,” he said. “It’s an attempt to drive a wedge between people.”
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.