Unintended consequences in Wisconsin

If public-sector unions continue to fight for concessions from states, American workers will pay the price

Pro-union protesters stage an all-out war on Wisconsin Republicans and Gov. Scott Walker after they passed legislation that cuts benefits for public sector workers.
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It's official: After three weeks of increasingly hostile political fighting between public-sector unions and forces led by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, all-out war has been declared in Wisconsin. On Monday, March 9, the GOP-controlled state Senate passed legislation that will basically strip public-sector unions of their right to collective bargaining. In retaliation, Democrats are vowing to strip Republicans of their elective offices — not only in Madison but across the country.

If current popular sentiment holds steady, they may well make good on this threat: According to a New York Times/CBS News poll published on March 1, almost twice as many Americans oppose efforts to curtail the collective-bargaining rights of public-sector unions as support such efforts, and a huge majority oppose cutting public workers' pay and benefits in order to close state budget gaps.

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