Monday, March 14, 2011

Recalls Are Workers Play in Wisconsin

Stunned workers and their supporters in Wisconsin asked the courts to reverse Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting law, but they admit that recall elections aimed at ousting state senate Republicans is their priority.

The law, written into the state budget, goes on the books this afternoon, seriously curtailing collective bargaining rights for about 175,000 state and local workers. It passed in the legislature on a procedural move, bypassing the 14 Democratic senators who fled to illinois to avoid having to vote on the bill.

"This is not over," said former SEIU President Andy Stern.

"It did not ends as perfectly as unions had hoped, but it's not over," Stern said on MSNBC today. "It's an American moment."

The workers and their allies have at least one case pending in the courts, but as the Courthouse News Service reports, it is long-shot challenge to Walker's law, at best.

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