Politics & Policy

Wis. Outcome Could Have Nationwide Impact

Politico’s Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman report on how a Walker win in Wisconsin could impact labor battle across the nation:

Some strategists and labor officials watching the protest conflagration from the outside are beginning to fret that a large-scale defeat in Wisconsin will have a devastating ripple effect, weakening labor state by state throughout the rest of the country.

“Some of the labor people are saying ‘It’s the beginning of the fight back,’ ” a top labor official said of Wisconsin. “But if the labor movement rallies and gets run over in Wisconsin, it opens (the gates) in every state” for governors to start pushing harder to curtail labor rights.

“Not every state’s going to roll back collective bargaining,” the official – who, like many, spoke off the record to avoid undermining the protests — added, but said it could open the gates for union losses on various fronts, like benefits.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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