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Johnson to Amend ‘War on Workers’ Resolution

Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson is working with his colleagues to change a resolution supporting the rights of all union employees.

The south Louisville lawmaker originally drafted the non-binding measure. It calls for an end to the “war on workers” across the country. The resolution was a response to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who proposed a budget bill that significantly curtailed union rights by eliminated collective bargaining rights for unions.

Johnson says a new version will be introduced next month and will have softer language. He says it will still send a message that Metro Government supports union employees.

“I believe everybody who has looked at it wants to change it, one way or another,” Johnson says. “And that’s what we’ve been going through with some changes on it and trying to get it done. I think it’s crazy that people have tried to do that and I believe that in the future it’ll pay on those politicians that did do it,” he says.

Teamsters Local 783 encouraged Johnson to introduce the measure, which criticized what it calls a “coordinated attack on middle-class” rights. The amended version is being drafted by Councilman David James, who is a former president of the Fraternal Order of Police.

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Johnson Files Resolution Against “War on Workers”

Prompted by a local union, Louisville Metro Councilman Dan Johnson, D-21, has introduced a resolution supporting the right of all workers and calling for an end to the “war on workers” across the country.

The non-binding measure notes a “coordinated attack on middle-class” rights and says the council expresses strong support of workers, including their right to collectively bargain.

Johnson says the resolution sends the message that Metro Government is not supportive of steps taken by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, who proposed a budget bill that significantly curtailed union rights by eliminating collective bargaining rights.

“It may be partisan in this day and time. Obviously Democrats are for labor and the adverse is true for the other party. That’s who is doing the anti-labor across America,” says Johnson.

This isn’t the first questionable measure that a council member has put up as a resolution, which carries no legal weight. In previous years, city lawmakers have drafted resolution calling for support of the war in Iraq and against teenagers sagging their pants.

In April, Johnson introduced a resolution to assist Japan’s economy after a devastating earthquake caused a tsunami and problems with several nuclear reactors. He told WFPL the local Teamsters Local 783 encouraged him introduce this measure, but Johnson admits there are few examples he can cite to demonstrate a war being waged against Metro employees.

“This is just to forestall in the future and let them know what the council thinks about it,” he says.

The “War on Workers” resolution is being co-sponsored by Councilman Rick Blackwell, D-12, and will be heard before the labor and economic development committee Thursday.