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Beyond Wisconsin: Other States Facing Union Protests

While Wisconsin is hogging the spotlight, it’s not the only state struggling to resist union bullying.

Nearly 4,000 government union workers crowded the Ohio Statehouse today, protesting a bill by Republican state senator Shannon Jones that would eliminate some collective bargaining rights for public union employees in the state.

In Michigan, the budget proposed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder today requires that state employee costs be reduced by $180 million (it has yet to be negotiated whether that comes in the form of pay cuts or something such as higher contributions to health-care plans). But compared to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Snyder has no reason to complain: his cuts were only protested by a few dozen citizens at the state capitol.

In Indiana, over 600 United Steelworkers members protested Tuesday, opposing legislation that would make Indiana a right-to-work state and a different bill that would reduce unemployment benefits.

Bottom line: What happens in Wisconsin could easily have a ripple effect across the nation. If the unions win, watch for them to challenge other governors just as aggressively.  If they don’t win, that could embolden state legislators to vote for legislation unions oppose.

Katrina Trinko — Katrina 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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