York County Senator says unions, Putin, Hitler about "power and control"

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 4, 2014 6:01 PM

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(Harrisburg) -- A midstate lawmaker is being criticized by the state's largest teachers' union after he said labor unions, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Adolf Hitler are about "power and control."

York County Republican Senator Scott Wagner made the comments on the Senate floor today.

Wagner said, "unions are about power and control. ... There was a gentleman by the name of Hitler, he was about power and control. There's a gentleman by the name of Putin, who is across the ocean, that is about power and control.''

Wagner spoke amid debate over legislation that would bar government employers from automatically deducting union dues from members' paychecks.

Other senators didn't confront Wagner, but Pennsylvania State Education Association president Mike Crossey says Wagner's comments were offensive and a terrible example for kids.

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Comments: 2

  • Larry img 2014-06-04 22:39

    My mother was a child when the Nazis entered Paris.

    The Nazis first went after the gays because they were seen as unclean

    Then they went after the unions because the unions were nationalistic.

    Only then did the go after the Jews.

    I am an independent contractor, the most capitalistic formation.

    Two independent contractors are a union that makes the capitalistic structure stronger.

    Those who oppose unions, oppose capitalism, and want crony capitalism of a plutocracy.

    It is all about excessive greed and power.

  • Chris Cornelius img 2014-06-10 14:59

    I keep hearing these poiticians out there who have never worked, much less worked for a union represented company. I've been there done that, have seen a lot of good company workers let go. That's proof alone they can't regulate themselves it didn't work. Never do that again. My dad was a union man and I will always be no matter what. It doesn't happen over night. They've done some great things for the workers in America.

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