In a Feb. 28 letter to Walker, Parsons endorsed the stance taken by the Presbytery of John Knox on the showdown between Walker, a Republican, and Wisconsin’s unionized public employees. On Feb. 19, the presbytery — based in Madison, Wis. — called on Walker and the state’s other elected officials to “respect the rights of all workers to collectively bargain for wages and benefits.”
Parsons’ letter says the PC(USA) has a “long-standing commitment to the right of workers” to bargain collectively. (A 1995 General Assembly statement specifically says all workers “have the right to choose to organize for the purposes of collective bargaining.”)
The Wisconsin legislature passed the bill. Walker signed it into law on March 11.