As we head to TheWorks staffing event that starts tonight, I’m struck by how uplifting it has been to keep company with our contributors and commenters here on StaffingTalk. InTheMajors, Raghav, Steve Cary, Robert Bausch, Drew, and Paul Phipps, I salute you.
We are at a turning point in history where it is up to the staffing industry, the on-ramp to employment for so many, to not just make our businesses run profitably but also to educate the public at large about how public union and government excesses harm every one including the very people the public unions purport to represent.
None of that could be more clear than what has happened here in Wisconsin where I’m currently holed up on a short vacation.
When Wisconsin went through its battle with public employee unions in 2011, it looked as if the dark side would in fact defeat us. Union mobsters occupied the state capitol and their populist rhetoric was winning over unsuspecting and naïve young people like the young man in the video below.
Fast forward 16 months and Wisconsin has become a model for rebuilding America. The state defeated the public unions, won the trust of the people, and gave businesses reasons to invest. Public employees were freed from paying exorbitant union dues and freeloading union bosses are now unemployed. The Hayward area where I am now is enjoying a resurgence.
We still have many battles ahead of us, but with work we can preserve the freedom and the opportunity that have made our country great.