During the past two years, money has played an unprecedented role in Wisconsin politics.
A federal appeals court on Friday upheld Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s contentious law stripping most public workers of nearly all of their collective bargaining rights in a decision hailed by Republicans but not undoing a state court ruling keeping much of the law from being in effect.
Blindsided by a new law weakening union rights in Michigan, organized labor is preparing to target Republican governors in politically important states up for re-election in 2014 – part of a renewed offensive against perceived anti-union policies.
Unions are shifting more of their political resources to state and local races this year as they try to head off passage of laws that could undermine bargaining, make it harder to organize or reduce their political muscle.
The city of Madison could save $2 million under a proposed contract with its largest municipal employees union that is set to go before the workers and City Council this week.
A heated battle is taking place inside a giant U.S. public employees’ union after its crushing failure this week to oust Gov. Scott Walker — organized labor’s biggest political loss in decades.
Gov. Scott Walker’s definitive victory in Wisconsin’s recall election is already reverberating in other state capitols. It exposed the shrunken political muscle of the unions that tried to oust him, underscoring their vulnerability to attacks from the right and inability to retaliate.
Unions are facing a make-or-break moment in their campaign to drive Wisconsin’s Republican governor from office.
It’s a vast understatement to say labor unions have a gripe with Gov. Scott Walker.
When the unions’ lobbying money flowed, it really flowed. And then, for the most part, it dried up.