State Sen. Alberta Darling, (R-River Hills), could be collateral damage exhibit "A" in the Scott Walker-inspired spate of recall election petition drives underway statewide.
Scott Walker, Wisconsin's Alberta clipper (and major Darling donation recipient, too).
Sure, Darling has protection among Republicans in the silk stocking portion of her district, and into more conservative Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington Counties, but she also faces surging, committed and probably unprecedented Democratic organizing in the more densely-populated Milwaukee County communities of Glendale, Brown Deer, Whitefish Bay, Shorewood and portions of the east side of Milwaukee.
She beat then-State Rep. Sheldon Wasserman, (D) in his 2008 challenge, but only by 52%-48%.
And that was before Walker "dropped the bomb" (his phrase, to the fake David Koch) on unions and the middle-class - - issues on which Darling, a co-chair of the legislature's Committee on Joint Finance, had raced out to defend Walker.
And for which Darling earned her very own PolitiFact false rating when she implied that public sector unions wouldn't miss bargaining on non-wage issues because unions usually don't bargain those issues, anyway.
This is a key section of that PolitFact scolding, as Darling had said:
"...The governor is proposing that we have collective bargaining deal only with wages which is how it is, for the most part, in the private sector."You can bet that Darling is hoping the Senate Democrats come back from Illinois and make a deal, and fast - - but I keep hearing directly that people in Darling's district who are fed up being represented by a River Hills Republican already are reporting huge progress on recall petition signature collection.
"That didn’t sound right to us.
"Walker’s bill would rewrite the state Employment Relations Act -- a law covering state employees that is more than 50 years old and was last amended in 1971. But private sector unions are covered by a federal law and generally bargain on all sorts of things.
"We tried to reach Darling to ask for her backup, but she didn’t respond."
"So we turned to some experts who are involved in private sector labor relations. And we took a look at federal law, the National Labor Relations Act, which governs most private employers...
"The law gives workers the right to bargain collectively for a contract that sets wages, benefits, hours and other working conditions, the NLRA says.
"The law also requires workers and employers to "bargain in good faith about wages, hours, vacation time, insurance, safety practices and other mandatory subjects."
"That covers a lot more than wages.
Time will tell, but I'm thinking the requisite number of signatures will be collected well within the 60-day statutory period.
[Note: check out the posted comment from the recall organizer Kristopher Rowe. I don't know him, but he's got important first-hand information about how the effort is being run.]