Droit à la négociation des employés des services publics du Wisconsin

Montreal, February 16, 2011


Governor Scott Walker
115 East Capitol Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53702


Dear Governor Walker:

I am writing on behalf of la Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ) to express our dismay over the developments regarding the collective bargaining rights for the public employees in Wisconsin.

We have been informed that you will seek to have legislation passed over the coming days that will eliminate collective bargaining rights for the employees in public services. This will be a serious violation of international labour conventions.

We regard your proposed unilateral action as an attack on one of the fundamental pillars in a well-developed democracy, where social dialogue and collective bargaining through trade unions secures constructive relationships between employers and employees. This kind of relationship has proved its high value in many countries, both in times of economic growth and during crisis.

We understand that you have refused to meet the unions to negotiate solutions that could contribute to balancing the budget - this is not the way we expect democratically elected leaders to act.

We have been informed that you have announced that you will call out the National Guard if public sector unions protest in what you may consider a disruptive way.

I am sure that you have been following the developments in Tunisia and Egypt and will welcome real democracies in these countries. For trade union members in these countries, their struggle is also related to respect for human rights and trade union rights. This includes the right to organise and the right to collective bargaining for public sector employees who have been in the front line fighting for democracy. Instead of attacking the public sector unions and their members in your state, we urge you to choose a constructive path and stand by commitments that have already been set out in legally-negotiated collective agreements.

Governor Walker, we ask you to show respect towards public workers and stop the unilateral attacks on their unions. A constructive relationship between your government and trade unions will most benefit the citizens of Wisconsin.

Yours truly,



Réjean Parent
Centrale des syndicats du Québec (CSQ)

cc: Peter Waldorff, Public Services International (PSI) General Secretary peter.waldorff@world-psi.org, rights@world-psi.org

Candice Owley cowley@wfnhp.org

Stephanie Bloomingdale sbloomingdale@wisaflcio.org

Mary Lehman MacDonald mmacdona@aft.org