The Wisconsin Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the 2011 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers, sparked massive protests and led to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election and rise to national prominence.
The Minnesota Senate approved a Democratic-sponsored bill Wednesday to let unions try to organize daycare providers and personal care workers, after a 17-hour debate that stretched through the night thanks to forceful opposition from Republicans.
On a day meant to celebrate working men and women, Minnesota union leaders have acknowledged the fact that tough times are ahead.
A state appeals court declined to rule Thursday on whether to allow a law stripping public employee unions of nearly all their collective bargaining rights to take effect, saying the issue should be decided by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Supporters of Gov. Scott Walker made the case for the governor’s budget bill with a 10 city bus tour around Wisconsin.