Protests Against Wisconsin's Governor- Will They Spread To Other States?02/18/11 Robert Lorei
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Republicans who swept into power in state capitols this year are
beginning to usher in a new era of labor relations that could result in a large reduction in power for public employee unions.
But massive protests and legislative boycotts in Wisconsin this week have shown that the Republican efforts can be fraught with risk and unpredictable turns.
Wisconsin's governor is going for major change - an end to collective bargaining for public employees, plus additional costs to their pension and health care benefits. A proposal to end collective bargaining rights is being pursued in Ohio. And Republicans in Tennessee and Indiana are targeting bargaining by teachers' unions.
Union budget numbers show they're preparing to spend at least $30 million to fight anti-union legislation in dozens of states.
Our guest today is MATTHEW ROTHSCHILD who joins us now to talk about the protests in Madison. He's the editor of The Progressive magazine, based in Madison, Wisconsin.