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Public Sector Unions Take It On The Chin

Twice now the public sector unions and their allies have tried to change the balance of power in Wisconsin.  Twice they have failed.

The battle isn’t over; an attempt to recall Governor Scott Walker appears inevitable next year.  And fans of the blue social model can draw some hope; both the judicial and recall elections in Wisconsin saw Democrats make gains even as they fell short.

The tide is running hard against the public sector unions.  Wisconsin has been a big, Battle of Gettysburg style defeat, but the unions are suffering almost as much at the hands of their “friends” — Democratic politicians in blue states — as from open enemies like the Wisconsin GOP.  In New York, in Chicago, even in California, Democratic politicians are playing hardball.  They can’t help it.  There isn’t any money.

The public sector unions aren’t fighting a party; they are fighting arithmetic.  Sooner or later, numbers win.

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  • Kenny

    In Ohio, the unions and their Democrat allies have, via the petition process, put the state’s recently enacted public sector collective barganing reform law (SB5) up for a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote in November.

    A ‘yes’ vote will ratify SB5 and its provisions can start to be enforced.

    A ‘no’ vote repeals SB5, and it’s back to the drawing borad.

    And for those who may not know, SB5 went further in reforming the runaway public sector unions than what Scott Walker did in Wisconsin.

    So you may ask, if that is so, why did Wisconsin get more media attention than Ohio. Answer: Because Wisconsin is the spiritual home of progressive. The symbolism of the unions losing there is a back-breaker for the Left.

  • Kris

    “The public sector unions aren’t fighting a party; they are fighting arithmetic. Sooner or later, numbers win.”

    To quote Ed Driscoll on another subject, “[It] has been on the receiving end of most of the blows in recent years, as it increasingly loses its fight with reality, who tends to be a rather unmerciful sparring partner.”

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