The response by workers in the US state of Wisconsin to the extremely aggressive attack on public sector workers and their union organizations by the state’s Republican governor has been inspiring… but top union officials are moving to undermine the movement, trying to persuade workers to accept a deal that will maintain union rights but cut their pay by up to 20%.
Minnesota-based activist historian Peter Rachleff looks at the attacks on public sector workers and the history that led up to them here.
A 9 minute video that looks at what’s happening and includes writer Naomi Klein analyzing Wisconsin in terms of “the shock doctrine” is online here.
Noam Chomsky’s recent interview on Democracy Now includes discussion of Wisconsin.
For reports from activists on the ground, see the webzine of our US comrades in the group Solidarity in their webzine here.