Labor faces a moment of truth - Ben Smith and Maggie Haberman - POLITICO.comAs organized labor hails an unprecedented moment of unity playing out amid a sea of supporters marching in Madison, Wis., union officials elsewhere are quietly wringing their hands about the risks of a high-stakes and historic loss against Gov. Scott Walker.
The six days of protests against Walker’s bill to curb collective bargaining rights have mesmerized cable news viewers and shown a fighting spirit and cohesion that labor groups have rarely displayed during 12 months of serving as public enemy number one in the eyes of tea party insurgents and newly empowered budget cutters.
Yet that sense of determined harmony comes at a potentially steep cost, and with no clear endgame. Some strategists and labor officials watching the protest conflagration from the outside are beginning to fret that a large-scale defeat in Wisconsin will have a devastating ripple effect, weakening labor state by state throughout the rest of the country.
wisconsin "opens the gates for union losses on various fronts, like benefits"
the union urges teachers to return to work, the dnc "quickly distances itself from reports it was masterminding the protests"
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"the fight is playing out as yet another in a long string of recent state-based brawls over the hi cost of the public sector"
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