Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has decided to jumpstart his mostly unsuccessful campaign for the Republican presidential nomination by attacking labor unions.
Later today, he’ll announce a series of antiunion measures, including making it illegal for federal workers to form unions, eliminating the National Labor Relations Board, and imposing right-to-work laws (under which workers can’t be forced to pay union dues as a condition of their employment) nationwide.
Walker’s decision seems a bit strange, given the shrinking role of unions in the United States and the positive views today unions in the country as a whole.
According to the Pew Research Center, even Republicans are split when it comes to unions. Among Republicans and Republican-leaning independents ages 18-34, about as many say they have a favorable as unfavorable view of labor unions. So do those with a high-school education or less, as well as those who earn less than $30,000 a year.
However, older, college-educated, and high-income Republicans and Republican-leaning independents have an overwhelmingly negative view of unions.
Guess whose support Walker is going after.