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steve2470 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 04:07 PM
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Why neither side is blinking in Wisconsin's union-GOP budget showdown
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/0222/Why-nei...

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) isn't budging on his vow to scale back collective bargaining to reduce the power of public employee unions and enable him to trim state spending. Thousands of pro-union protesters swarming the state Capitol in Madison are dug in just as hard.

With the Wisconsin labor unrest now into its eighth day, compromise seems to be only a distant possibility.

The Democratic contingent of 14 state senators remains in hiding outside the state, thus preventing Senate action on the governor's bill, which Republicans have the votes to pass. Governor Walker, for his part, warned Tuesday that layoffs of state workers may begin next week if the Democrats don't return to the capital. He also sought to shore up public support for his "do not yield" position, announcing he would hold an F.D.R.-style "fireside chat" Tuesday evening in front of an unlit fireplace at the Capitol.

"The question right now is how deeply the two parties are embedded in their positions," says Ross Baker, a political scientist at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J.

That's not to say compromise has not been attempted. On Monday, GOP moderates offered a plan that would limit a collective bargaining ban to two years, to give the state time to climb out of its three-year, $3.74 billion budget deficit. Walker nixed that idea.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 04:12 PM
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1. Walker nixed the idea of a suspension of collective bargaining rights
This will be interesting. Walker seems determined to break the workers of Wisconsin. Wisconsin labor is in an existential fight, and I'm not talking about George W. Bush's war on terror claptrap, either. Let this one go, and say good-bye to worker rights - threadbare and tattered as they are - for at least a generation. Win this battle, and you may only stave it off temporarily, but stave it off you will.
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ipfilter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 04:20 PM
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2. He's pushing the workers into a no-win situation
where walking off the job is no more harmful to their financial future than staying. It's a grim choice to make and I've been there. He's overplaying his hand by forcing his fellow citizens to make this choice. He will have to capitulate because he's put a lot of people on the path to economic ruin no matter. Given no other choice, they will just stay and protest. Workers don't strike unless the concessions will break them financially. When one is forced to make that gut check the only viable option is to walk out and hope for the best. It will take time but he will crack. The workers have nothing to lose at this point.
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-22-11 05:06 PM
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3. He's putting baby in the corner
Let's see how that works out for you, Scottie...
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