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Wisconsin: Bargaining Rights at Risk

Wisconsin   While legislation gutting the collective bargaining rights of 200,000 Wisconsin public employees remains in limbo as it wends through the courts on a challenge that the Legislature violated the state’s open meetings law, the battlefront over workers’ rights and quality public services has moved from the statehouse in Madison to local communities. Six of the eight recall campaigns that were launched against Republican state senators gathered the requisite number of signatures needed by the May 2 deadline. The recall elections are scheduled for July 12. If just three of the six Republicans are unseated by Democrats, Democrats will regain the majority in the state Senate.

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"First Person" accounts from AFT members

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Defending Public Services, American Teacher

Media coverage and other links

Scott Walker finds making bumper stickers is easier than creating jobs, Washington Post

John Nichols: No checks, no balances — kangaroo court upsets rule of law in Fitzwalkerstan, The Cap Times

Wisconsin Protesters Erect 'Walkerville' Tent City To Protest Scott Walker's Budget Cuts, Huffington Post

Scott Walker Quietly Consolidating Power In Wisconsin, Huffington Post

Tens of Thousands Rally in Wisconsin to Declare: 'This Fight is NOT Over!', The Nation

Scott Walker's School Voucher Overreach, The Progressive

'Dictator' Governor Checked, Balanced by Pesky Third Branch of Government, The Nation

Largest political rally in Madison’s history: March 12, 2011, Madison Independent Examiner

It’s Not Over in Wisconsin, New York Times

Prank call, effort to sell power plants prompt worries about GOP ties to Koch brothers, Wisconsin State Journal

AFL-CIO Polls Show Wisconsin Supports Protestors, Opposes Walker, Huffington Post

Wisc. local governments abandon Gov. Walker’s fringe agenda, The Daily Page

Billionaire Brothers' Money Plays Role in Wisconsin Budget Dispute, Eric Lipton, New York Times

"Wisconsin Power Play," Paul Krugman, New York Times

Gov. Walker's Pretext, New York Times