Will Scott Walker and the new Republican legislature declare all-out war on organized labor in Wisconsin?
Those are the signals they're sending. Walker & Co. seem determined to roll back, if not entirely repeal, the rights of public employees to bargain their contracts -- a law that has been on the books for 50 years.
Walker has demonized public employees during his tenure as Milwaukee County executive, and during his campaign for governor portrayed them as living high off the hog with too-generous wages and benefits. When he discusses how to repair the state's huge budget deficit, public employees are always the first target for cuts -- layoffs, furloughs, privatization, cuts in pension and health care benefits.
And the conservatives' crusade against organized labor isn't limited to public employee unions.