February 20, 2011


Walker's Gamble

Dave Weigel takes stock of an interesting subplot around the Wisconsin union protests: Why aren't unions up in arms about the pension reforms proposed by California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D)?

"Well, they sort of are... But in the state with the most union members, and the state with the highest proportion of unionized workers, the unions are mostly holding their power. And that's because unlike Scott Walker, the Democratic governors are limiting their reforms to pensions and other items relevant to the budget. Walker is doing that and 1) going after collective bargaining rights and 2) asking for mandatory annual elections to determine union membership. And those measures are patently designed to weaken labor for all time, long after the crisis is over."










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