28. BREAKING LABOR'S BACK
Outraged union members in Wisconsin staged a raucous two-week demonstration inside the state capitol building in response to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s budget. Part of a nationwide, anti-union Republican strategy, Walker’s budget slashed thousands of union jobs—including teachers, police and public workers—from the state payroll and, most contentiously, abolished the unions’ right to collective bargaining. Portions of Walker's anti-union plan have passed the Wisconsin state legislature, turning back the clock nearly a hundred years and stunning unions throughout America, who now wonder if they'll be next on the firing line.