July 07, 2011

There's a Punchline In Here Somewhere

While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's (R) law dismantling collective bargaining rights has harmed teachers, nurses, and other civil servants, it's helping a different group in Wisconsinites — inmates. Prisoners are now taking up jobs that used to be held by unionized workers in some parts of the state.

As the Madison Capital Times reports, "Besides losing their right to negotiate over the percentage of their paycheck that will go toward health care and retirement, unions also lost the ability to claim work as a 'union-only' job, opening the door for private workers and evidently even inmates to step in and take their place." Inmates are not paid for their work, but may receive time off of their sentences.

The law went into effect last week, and Racine County is already using inmates to do landscaping, painting, and another basic maintenance around the county that was previously done by county workers. The union had successfully sued to stop the country from using prison labor for these jobs last year, but with Walker’s new law, they have no recourse.

Union thugs have been replaced by convicts.

I guess I'm a mean old conservative, but I'm thrilled by the prospect of convicts having to give something back to the society that has to deal with both their crimes, and bear the costs of their incarceration.

It's a bonus that the convicts are replacing unionized workers, saving the citizens monies to paid to those that I rather strongly suspect have been overcompensated for their labor—"landscaping, painting, and another basic maintenance"—which sounds like jobs that should have been done by high school students on summer break for minimum wage in the first place.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 7, 2011 06:40 AM

This is a great idea, straight up. There's no need for a snappy comment, or an extended diatribe. The simple design of prisoners giving back to the community, so to speak, should be utilized by every state in one capacity or another.

Posted by: Adam at July 7, 2011 06:54 AM

Plus they substituted union thugs with a better class of people ;)

Posted by: Miguel at July 7, 2011 08:00 AM

Can I get a drank a wata boss?

I'm by no means a fan of the tyrant Arpaio, but one thing he has right is the labor gang.

Posted by: Phelps at July 7, 2011 07:50 PM