Collective Bargaining

The Koch brothers have participated in the fight over collective bargaining taking place across the country. The Koch network donated $1.2 million to help elect conservative Republican governors last year, including Wisconsin’s Scott Walker and Ohio’s John Kasich, both of whom are trying to take away collective bargaining rights. During the fight in Wisconsin, Americans for Prosperity ran an ad and orchestrated protests to support Gov. Walker’s union busting and orchestrated pro-Walker protests. Americans for Prosperity also started a website urging people to ‘Stand with Governor Kasich.’ Center for American Progress Action Fund | the Koch Brothers Conservatives say these fights are all about balancing state budget, yet Americans for Prosperity-Michigan’s executive director gave a crowd of conservatives a different reason: ‘what we would like to see is to take the unions out at the knees so they don’t have the resources to fight these battles.’ Weak labor unions make it easier for big corporations to enact their agenda. But that agenda often stands in contrast to good-paying jobs for the middle class.

-Tony Carrk, Center for American Action Progress Fund


Koch Brothers Behind Wisconsin Effort to Kill Public Unions
Rick Ungar, Forbes