News reports say close to 100,000 people turned out in Madison last Saturday for a demonstration on behalf of Wisconsin’s public union workers. But that battle seems to be over.
A few days earlier, the Wisconsin Legislature approved Gov. Scott Walker’s highly controversial legislation that weakens collective bargaining rights for public employee unions.
The bill also increases workers’ contributions to pension plans and health care. It was proposed to help address a $3.6 billion shortfall in the Wisconsin state budget.
That part wasn’t controversial. Union officials were willing to go along with workers paying a bigger share of their benefits.
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