I'm surprised there hasn't been a topic on this yet:
Gov. Scott Walker wants to help fix state finances by cutting benefits for union workers and wiping away their ability to negotiate over anything but their wages, setting up a potentially explosive battle in the Capitol.
That would mean public worker unions would not have any say on benefits and work rules and would face a new restriction on salary increases as well.
Walker's bill also would allow public employees to avoid making payments to unions if they don't join those unions. Now, workers can choose not to join unions, but they must make "fair share" payments similar to dues - a requirement that unions say is needed because all workers benefit from their work at the bargaining table.
But the measure would exempt law enforcement and firefighters - groups that supported Walker in the November election - from those bargaining changes.
Gov. Scott Walker says the Wisconsin National Guard is prepared to respond wherever is necessary in the wake of his announcement that he wants to take away nearly all collective bargaining rights from state employees.
Walker said Friday that he hasn’t called the Guard into action, but he has briefed them and other state agencies in preparation of any problems that could result in a disruption of state services, like staffing at prisons.
I admit I'm only an outsider looking in, but get the feeling that if the Pinkertons were still around, Gov. Walker would have called them in to start busting some heads by now. Not that the National Guard's involvement always ends well either.
I know there's some peeps from Wisconsin around here. Any local perspectives?