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Wisconsin GOP plan strikes at heart of organized labor movement

Wisconsin ProtestsBy The Iowa Statesman


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker backed a surprise move Friday by Republican legislators to quickly vote on making Wisconsin a right-to-work state, an action the likely 2016 presidential candidate initially said should be delayed to avoid re-igniting massive pro-union protests.

According to an Associated Press report, Walker had expressed concerns to leaders in the GOP-controlled Legislature that rushing the divisive proposal could distract from his agenda, and in September — during the heat of his re-election campaign — he said he wouldn’t support it this session. But after a series of private meetings with lawmakers, followed by an announcement that the bill would be voted on next week, Walker’s spokeswoman said he would sign it.