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What happened in Wisconsin tonight

Here's what just happened in Wisconsin: The rules of the state's Senate require a quorum for any measures that spend money. That's how the absence of the Senate's Democrats could stymie Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget law -- it spent...

By Ezra Klein  | March 9, 2011; 8:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (366)
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Column: How unions can be more than a legacy institution

It looks increasingly likely that organized labor will manage to cheat death in Wisconsin. But where does that leave unions? Merely near death, that's where. Only 7 percent of private-sector workers are unionized, down from about 25 percent in the...

By Ezra Klein  | March 1, 2011; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (23)
Categories:  Articles, Unions  
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Where the teachers unions go, the union movement will follow

I keep thinking about something Andy Stern told me Wednesday. Organized labor "seem like a legacy institution and not an institution of the future," he said. "And legacies get shed." Harsh words. But he's right, of course. Insofar as...

By Ezra Klein  | February 25, 2011; 1:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (63)
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How do unions affect state spending and taxation?

Two interesting graphs from Barry Pump. The first looked into whether there's a clear correlation between union density and the progressivity of a state's tax system. There wasn't: This next graph is slightly confusing: it's looking for a relationship between...

By Ezra Klein  | February 25, 2011; 8:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Andy Stern: 'It may not end beautifully in Wisconsin.'

Last year, Andy Stern retired as the president of SEIU, the service employees union that he'd built into a 2.2 million member heavyweight. During his tenure, Stern was known -- and sometimes reviled -- for his efforts to reform...

By Ezra Klein  | February 24, 2011; 8:21 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (35)
Categories:  Interviews, Unions  
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How long can Scott Walker hold out?

Mother Jones's Andy Kroll has been doing some great reporting from Wisconsin, and he runs through four of the possible endgames here. They are: 1) The bill passes. 2) The collective-bargaining ban gets dropped. 3) A weird procedural effort to...

By Ezra Klein  | February 23, 2011; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (142)
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Older Entries in This Category »

What is actually being proposed in Wisconsin?, Ezra Klein , February 18, 2011
Who can replace labor?, Ezra Klein , January 11, 2011
Who belongs to unions?, Ezra Klein , November 13, 2009
Is Blue Collar Work "Smart?", Ezra Klein , June 1, 2009
Is it Non-Credible to be Pro-Union?, Ezra Klein , May 20, 2009
 
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