REUTERS/Darren Hauck-Policemen are seen beside a protest sign as protesters take over the state Capitol after the Republican-controlled Senate,without Democrats present, abruptly voted to eliminate almost all collective bargaining for most public workers at the state Capitol in Madison Wisconsin March 9, 2011. Republicans in the Wisconsin Senate on Wednesday side-stepped a boycott by opposition Democrats and approved curbs on union powers in a case closely watched by Americans as a test of labor rights. In an 18-to-1 vote, the Senate approved the restrictions on collective bargaining by public employees which Governor Scott Walker has insisted, are needed for the state and local governments to deal with projected budget gaps.
Are changing labor laws silencing the teachers’ voice?
October 6, 2015,
Michael Hartney explores recent changes in public sector labor relations and what these mean for teacher unions today. He concludes that these policy choices can often have enduring implications for interest group organization, public workers’ political participation, and, ultimately, the distribution of political power across American society.