As new national poll numbers show a sharp decline in support, Gov. Scott Walker today will lay out his plan to undercut the federal influence of labor unions.
He's promising to try banning them from the federal workplace and seeking to eliminate the National Labor Relations Board if elected president, according to a white paper his campaign released this morning.
Walker's call, to be delivered during a speech in Las Vegas, will also include implementing a national right-to-work law.
Walker initially tried to dissuade state lawmakers from taking up right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin, but eventually backed the push that succeeded earlier this year. He will tout the Wisconsin law and promise to push a similar national bill for all private, state and local public sector workers. Under the guv's plan, a state would have to vote to opt out of the national right-to-work position.
"Any economic plan that does not bring our federal labor laws into the 21st century is incomplete," Walker will say, according to prepared remarks. "To grow the economy at a higher rate, requires a comprehensive approach and reform of the labor unions is a key part of the plan."
The proposed changes to labor laws are part of Walker's "day one" promises of what he would do his first day in office if elected president.
He will also say the NLRB has become a "one-sided proxy for the big union bosses." The agency, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary, is charged with overseeing labor union elections and investigating complaints under the National Labor Relations Act.
Walker will pledge to transfer the NLRB's current responsibilities to other parts of the federal government.
"We need to level the playing field which will make it easier to create more jobs and higher wages," Walker will say.
In addition, Walker will propose a slew of other changes in labor laws.
The proposal includes:
*requiring unions to disclose their expenditures, including compensation for officers, and directing the Department of Labor to provide states with information on how much they could save if they "reformed" their existing collective bargaining policies.
*requiring federal employee unions to detail the portion of dues used for political activity and prohibit them from withholding that amount from workers' checks.
*seeking the elimination of Davis-Bacon, which impacts wages paid for federal highways projects, and end the use of project labor agreements, which establish the terms for employment on specific construction projects.
*working to ensure individual union employees can receive bonuses for their work.