The Battle for Wisconsin

Capital Research Center

Wisconsin is the birthplace of American public-sector unionism. In 1930s the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) first organized in Madison. How ironic then that Wisconsin may also be the burial ground for public-sector unionism. Governor Scott Walker and the state legislature confront implacable and intractable union opposition as they struggle to bring Wisconsin’s finances under control. The Badger State has become
ground zero in the battle between unions intent on expanding their health and pension plans and state governments determined to avoid bankruptcy.