|Fallout from Wisconsin: Organized Labor Struggling|
|From the New York Times, “Wisconsin’s Legacy for Unions”
“Three years ago, a labor leader named Marty Beil was one of the loudest opponents of Gov. Scott Walker’s ‘budget repair bill,’ a proposal that brought tens of thousands of protesters out to the Wisconsin State Capitol in Madison in frigid February weather. A gruff-voiced grizzly of a man, Mr. Beil warned that the bill was rigged with booby traps that would cripple the state’s public-sector unions.
“He gets no satisfaction from being right. Since the law was passed, membership in his union, which represents state employees, has fallen 60 percent; its annual budget has plunged to $2 million from $6 million.”