June 6th, 2012
02:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Walker's victory could bring more efforts to weaken public unions

Washington (CNN) - Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's survival in a recall election sparked by steps to weaken public unions could embolden fellow Republicans in other states to seek similar measures.

"He's one of the Republican governors who has been out on the point on this issue about whether there are excesses in public employee unions in terms of their pension plans or health care plans and so forth," noted CNN senior political analyst David Gergen, calling the topic a "very, very hot issue" across the country.


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  1. Myviewis

    Can't keep operating a government that spends more than comes in.

    June 6, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. THE truth

    Good. Can't wait for public unions to be "weakened." Nice headline.

    June 6, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |

    Special interest bought the Wisconsin election. Special interest will attempt to buy the presidency. Citizens United is no longer threatening our democracy, it has destroyed it! People will not sit down and take this lightly. The next American Revolution is right around the corner. Hope your strapped up.

    June 6, 2012 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. CanadaONE

    Countries like IRAN are anti worker oriented using their working class like slaves do to anything at the threat of loosing it all as such

    IRAN has made a request for Wisconsin to join their coutry – I think they are sending a delgeation to Wisconsin to open up an embassy – Walker has already approved it saying this will help reduce government cost

    Iran has also said they like romoney

    June 6, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  5. cali girl

    The GOP took down the Equal Pay Act yesterday, since it was not their bill. Sounds like GOP altogether is not in favor of the worker, but in favor of the corporations.

    June 6, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  6. California

    FDR wanted us about public sector unions.

    June 6, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  7. California

    wanted = warned

    June 6, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    We need unions – and across the board, we need to raise the retirement age. People are living longer and public employees who can retire before 60 years old are now living 25 more years, not the 15-20 expected when these retirement benefits were created.

    Have everyone retire at 65, getting full retirement benefits at 68.

    That and raising taxes on the rich who can most afford it will go a long way in helping with our debt. Busting unions and laying people off will decidedly NOT help average Americans.

    June 6, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  9. Mikey

    Myviewis – "Can't keep operating a government that spends more than comes in."
    Agree 100%. Thought I should say that as I have beat up on other things you have posted. The difficulty is exactly how to attain a balanced budget and how quickly we should do so given our fragile recovery.

    June 6, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. Dean

    Abolish all public unions...make people earn their pay.

    June 6, 2012 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. B.

    We are now on our way to allowing the Republican / Corporate Special Interests to finish the job of -divide and conquer which has been their agenda from the start. The Republican House disallowing ANY legislative gains from Obama to make progress by Filibustering everything.

    They already OWN the Supreme Court, killed most of the Labor Unions, and are now working on State Governors to Politically Own the country and do whatever they choose to do.

    Better wake-up America !

    June 6, 2012 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Bessy

    A terrible thing happened in Wisconsin yesterday. An election was bought. Too bad. Oh well, I hope everyone who voted for Walker lives to regret their vote. I know most of them will.

    June 6, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. The REAL Truth...

    @Myviewis – Can't keep operating a government that spends more than comes in.
    Agreed, so why is it that the GOBP says that deficits don't matter and want to continue adding to it? That is contrary to their public persona and attacks on the POTUS over deficit spending. Who's paying for the UNFUNDED 20% tax cut in the Ryan budget? Oh! Add it to the Na't Debt, but the folks will love the 20% cut – especially the likes of Mittens who will most likely get a tax CREDIT out of it! What about the UNFUNDED 6% INCREASE in Defense spending the House just passed last week?? More SS and Medicare cuts to pay for that, but Obama's funding reduction in ACA is wrong?
    Anyone who doesn't seek out the FACTS and TRUTH and buys into the Faux Noise propaganda machine will get what they deserve in NOv.. just like the WI residents did. Walker may not end up being Gov if the Feds get their hands on him first.. Ye reap what ye sow!

    June 6, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  14. Ed1

    Looks like Wisconsin knows a person who is trying to put out of control spending in its place.

    Unions are not what they were many years ago they have become part of the problem with out spending patterns.

    I would not want one penny of my tax dollars going to any union period.

    Thanks Wisconsin for standing up for the tax payers and not the unions.

    June 6, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. The REAL Truth...

    The SCOTUS has killed Democracy in America (such that it was). Corporations now have more rights than you do, and Super PAC's can spend as much as they like, as long as they don't "coordinate" with the candidate (yeah, right..!!). We used to think we had the best politicians that money can buy, well this recall election proved it to be true. The money being spent by the various PAC's in the Presidential race is totally OUTRAGEOUS. We REALLY will have a bought and paid-for Congress before long. Way to go SCOTUS !!

    June 6, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Wake up people

    Why doesn't CNN report real news? You know like the investigation into Rep Thaddeus McCotters signatures to get on the ballot in Michigan?? Here is probably the reason ...... Only 244 out of 1,830 signatures were valid. People better keep their eyes on the GOP/baggers. Seriously.

    OBAMA 2012!

    June 6, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Pete

    Just wait,indictments for campaign fraud and other illegal issues are coming Walkers way in the very near future.Walker just took out 160,000 dollars from his campaign coffers and is using it for his defense team.Some of his ex campaign workers have turned states evidence and some found quilty in other past connections have also come forward against him.8 ex Walker employees are giving testimony against Walker since being convicted on racketeering charges also.His new problem besides that is he now has a democratic state senate majority to fight against,he lost seats last night in the recall to new Democrates,so getting what he originally wants is not going to be easy,at least till November,he'll be pretty much a lame duck governor till he sees a trial,which may lead to his impeachment,jail time if found quilty.It's funny how his arrogence overshadowed his stupidity not covering up his past indiscretions and leaving behind exemployees not thinking revenge would lead to his eventual downfall.Hey,politics are much like life,its like karma,what goes around, comes around,plus paybacks even in politics can be hell on someone's career,Tom Delay and some others like Rod Blagovich,who's new address is at the gray bar motel,he also thought he was smart,but it caught up to him too...

    June 6, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    If today's comments coming from the right are an indication of what has become of the once proud and productive Grand Old Party, I can understand why Mitt Romney is so prone to running on lies, taunts, and false premises. For whatever reason, this is what his party has come to expect from their candidates. He has his job cut out for him in simply keeping his party together.

    Maybe FOX News can do an in-depth study of GOP divisiveness and the reasoning behind GOP obstruction. FOX spent the past 15 years or so leading the charge against America, let them explain the consequences of such actions and how obstruction is now infecting their own party. Who knows, maybe FOX can get Rush as lead speaker.

    June 6, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. Delusional Democrats Whining Crying Blaming, My Dream Has Come True

    Unions have no place in the government sector. The government should be paying market rates for its employees and the benefits should line up with what is in the private sector. This current you scratch my back, I'll scratch your back arrangement the Democrats have with the unions is pure corruption and the taxpayers end up getting the shaft. The American taxpayer are now waking up to the fact their states are going bankrupt trying to pay for all these union benefits and pensions. It simply has to end.

    June 6, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  20. Rudy NYC


    Can't keep operating a government that spends more than comes in.
    So why did Dick Cheney tell us "deficits don't matter"?
    Why is it that consservatives don't think tax cuts are a form of spending? They create deficits, too, you know.
    How is it that any conservative tax cut proposal "pays for itself" within a concise time frame?

    June 6, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  21. rs

    Write it like it really is: Walker's win will encourage the GOP to further its war on the Middle Class.

    June 6, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. Pete

    @Dean,unions work,do you,you're on here so much must be one of those republicans on public assistance,aren't ya?Just another ignorent republican that doesn't know the importance of unions in your everyday life,everything you have around you ,water,electricity,heating oil or natural gas,your house,streets,lights,garbage pickup,gasolene,you can thank a union member for putting it there and maintaining it,plus your food and other essentials are trucked in by union truckers as well.Don't talk,when ya don't know what you're talking about,that's why you're a republican,ya gotta be tough, if you're that stupid!!!

    June 6, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Independent Voter

    Democrat better wake up soon because the republican are tying to destroy our country.. Wisconsin need to really wake up Scott Walker is going to destroy WIsconsin.

    June 6, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |