If someone bent on reducing the size, compensation or powers of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors had installed Manchurian Supervisors - sleeper agents primed to act like a pack of idiots at a time calculated to hurt the Board politically - she could not have done better than the current - and presumably authentic - crew of Dimitrijevic and company.
I don't believe in conspiracy theories, but, if I did, we'd be through the looking glass with this bunch. You have to want to look bad to bad to foul up so thoroughly.
assume that you are an ardent opponent of Act 10 and an active
supporter of decertified county unions. You could do one of two things.
might recognize that, while these unions are no longer certified
collective bargaining agents, they are still associations of the county
employees who choose to belong to them and that they are free to
advocate for certain working conditions. You could meet with them. You
could listen to them. You might even vote for the terms and conditions
that they want.
But you'd have to be upfront about it. What
you could not do is violate the open meetings law. You could not enter -
or propose to enter into - agreements with these associations as
bargaining agents of the employees. You'd want to acknowledge what you
I wouldn't advise it but you could even go a step
beyond. You might persuade yourself - although you'd be wrong - that Act
10 is unconstitutional and that you are really entitled to
collectively bargain with those unions that have been decertified under
Of course, you'd have to ignore the advice of your
own lawyers. This is something that serious people tend not to do, but
at least you'd be an honest fool.
But, once again, you could
not violate the open meetings law. You should not skulk in the corners
to hide what's happening and you should definitely not misrepresent
what you were up to.
In either scenario, you would not want to
do these ill advised things while there were serious legislative
proposals to restructure the board.
You would not resort to that last refuge of the scoundrel and the clueless and imply that those advancing those proposals are racist.
You would not do any of these things.
But here's the thing.
If you knew better, you would probably not be a member of the board majority. Because, up there, it looks like Manchurian Supervisors - each and every one.
Cross posted at Purple Wisconsin.