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.”
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
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