More Than They Bargained For Scott Walker, Unions, and the Fight for Wisconsin

ISBN-10: 029929384X
ISBN-13: 9780299293840
Edition: 2013
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Description: When Wisconsin became the first state in the nation in 1959 to let public employees bargain with their employers, the legislation catalyzed changes to labor laws across the country. In March 2011, when newly elected governor Scott Walker repealed  More...

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List price: $26.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
Publication date: 3/22/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 350
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

When Wisconsin became the first state in the nation in 1959 to let public employees bargain with their employers, the legislation catalyzed changes to labor laws across the country. In March 2011, when newly elected governor Scott Walker repealed most of that labor law and subsequent ones—and then became the first governor in the nation to survive a recall election fifteen months later—it sent a different message. Both times, Wisconsin took the lead, first empowering public unions and then weakening them. This book recounts the battle between the Republican governor and the unions.            The struggle drew the attention of the country and the notice of the world, launching Walker as a national star for the Republican Party and simultaneously energizing and damaging the American labor movement. Madison was the site of one unprecedented spectacle after another: 1:00 a.m. parliamentary maneuvers, a camel slipping on icy Madison streets as union firefighters rushed to assist, massive nonviolent street protests, and a weeks-long occupation that blocked the marble halls of the Capitol and made its rotunda ring.            Jason Stein and Patrick Marley, award-winning journalists for theMilwaukee Journal Sentinel, covered the fight firsthand. They center their account on the frantic efforts of state officials meeting openly and in the Capitols elegant backrooms as protesters demonstrated outside. Conducting new in-depth interviews with elected officials, labor leaders, police officers, protestors, and other key figures, and drawing on new documents and their own years of experience as statehouse reporters, Stein and Marley have written a gripping account of the wildest sixteen months in Wisconsin politics since the era of Joe McCarthy. They offer new insights on the origins of Walker's wide-ranging budget-repair bill, which included the provision to end public-sector collective bargaining; the Senate Democrats' decision to leave the state to try to block the bill; Democrats' talks with both union leaders and Republicans while in Illinois; and the reasons why compromise has become, as one Republican dissenter put it, a "dirty word" in politics today.

JASON STEIN has practiced Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga since 1998. He currently owns Portland Ashtanga Yoga in Oregon.

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Actors in the Events
Chronology
"Put Up or Shut Up"
A Preacher's Son
"Open for Business"
"The First Step"
"Dropping the Bomb"
Laboratory of Democracy
First Protests
The Interstate to Illinois
First Assembly Vote
A State Divided
The Beast from Buffalo
Lost Sleep and "Hallucinazations"
The Capitol in Lockdown
"Seven Thousand People in the Statehouse"
No Deal
End Game
Rebukes and Recount
A Court Divided
Recalls
Recalls Redux
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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