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On, Wisconsin!

We won’t rehash all that’s been said about the failure of the unions’ Wisconsin recall attempt, as we pointed to this excellent postmortem earlier. The question of the moment is: What’s next in labor’s crosshairs?

Labor groups in Michigan are attempting to get a state amendment placed on the November ballot designed to guarantee the right to collective-bargaining for government and private-sector workers. According to Craig Ruff of Public Sector Consultants, a Lansing policy firm. “If this is defeated in Michigan, one of the most unionized states in the country, it would send signals to 49 other states that unions could be defeated there, too.”

On the other side in the aisle in Michigan, lawmakers are trying to add teeth to the restrictions against public employee strikes, in the aftermath of a teacher strike that

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Dems Fear Massive Wisconsin Cash Drain

Democrat strategists are handwringing over the money Big Labor continues to dump in Wisconsin.  Public sector unions alone spent at least $15M on the ground last year collecting signatures to recall Governor Scott Walker and tens of millions more went to ad buys.  Unions also targeted six Republican congressmen for recall who supported the governor’s budget agenda, generating a flood of political dollars into a state that rarely sees that level spending even in a presidential election year.

After nine months gathering signatures, organizers may have to push for another six months to get to the actual Walker recall election date, probably in late June.  Unions will need far more staff on the ground in Wisconsin until then, burning through even more dues dollars in their attempt to punish Union Enemy No. 1. 

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