Wisconsin’s Labor Protests: A Bellwether for Union Rights or Union Busting?

The budget standoff and efforts to take away the collective bargaining power of state employees in Wisconsin have sparked both demonstrations and debates. At issue: are bargaining units at all necessary in the public sector and at what cost to taxpayers? Gary Burtless examines how Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to scale back union powers for state employees puts unions, what they do, how they do it and at what cost in a glaring spotlight.