Friday, February 18, 2011

What's the matter with Wisconsin?

There's a growing ruckus in the Badger State. The Washington Monthly explains: "To briefly summarize, [Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican] has a plan to cut state workers' benefits and effectively remove their collective bargaining rights. Walker also hopes to make it harder for unions to collect dues, and prohibit union members from being allowed to negotiate for better pensions or health benefits. And in case all of this was too subtle, the newly-elected conservative governor said a week ago he would refuse to negotiate with union leaders." State workers are willing to negotiate increased benefit payments. It's the union-busting part that's got their backs up. Hence the Tahrir Square-sized demonstrations inside and outside the state Capitol in Madison.

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