The balance of Walker’s program — still held in abeyance — seeks to make state workers pay more for health insurance and pensions, force the union to collect its dues rather than see them deducted automatically and cap collective bargaining agreements at the rate of inflation.
The course of the recall elections will determine the fate of his proposals and the future of such movements across America.
The stakes could not be higher.
We plan an all-out effort to win these recall elections decisively and to drive from office the absentee Democratic legislators. We will work hard to help the Republicans and reward them for their courage in standing up for our children in the face of the teachers unions.
If we win in Wisconsin, we will break the back of the teachers union and the entire municipal employee labor structure, which has dominated state and local government for decades. The financial base of the left wing of the Democratic Party will be in tatters.
But if we lose, other governors will shy away from the confrontation, and the union domination of our schools and local governments will continue, sapping educational quality.
At stake is our ability to hold bad teachers accountable, promote good ones, undertake layoffs based on merit not seniority and let parents choose the schools they want.
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