Talgo isn't taking it laying down:
As a result of the legislative action, the Transportation Department no longer can afford to make the payments required under the maintenance agreement and must terminate the deal, department attorney Kathleen Chung wrote in a letter to Talgo President Antonio Perez and his attorneys.Bad faith bargaining isn't anything new for Scott Walker.
Talgo Vice President Nora Friend said the state can't back out that easily.
"The department is putting politics ahead of legality," Friend said. She said the state was "acting in bad faith . . . in order to advance an agenda to kill the train project, regardless of the damage it inflicts upon Talgo, the state and the taxpayers."
Talgo will initiate the contract's dispute resolution process, Friend says. That provision calls for mediation, but litigation could follow if mediation fails.
As Milwaukee County Executive, he was regularly being dinged for bad faith bargaining with the unions. As a result of his bad faith bargaining, Milwaukee County taxpayers have been socked for tens of millions of dollars in lost savings which would have been realized if Walker had the leadership skills to sit down and negotiate a contract instead of the smoke and mirror grandstanding that he gives us in its place.
The most recent example of Walker's bad faith bargaining, the illegal imposition of excessive furlough days because he failed to negotiate with the unions, is adding millions more to the taxpayers bill.
I can't wait to see how much Walker's Talgo fiasco is going to cost. And that bill won't include the lost jobs as companies see how Walker really deals with businesses and decided to not come to the state, or even worse, flee the state if they are already here.