MYTHS & FACTS: GOP Union-Busting In Wisconsin

February 23, 2011 1:15 pm ET

With Republican Gov. Scott Walker's attempt to cripple public employee unions in Wisconsin provoking a major backlash, it's important to have the facts straight. Several dishonest claims from Walker supporters get repeated so frequently and sound so straightforward that they become ingrained. But the fact remains that Walker's plan goes far beyond what's necessary to fix the budget, and would eventually destroy public workers unions. Furthermore, while anti-union forces blame Wisconsin public workers for the state's budget problems, that both ignores the recession that created the budget trouble and hides the reality that banning collective bargaining for public workers hasn't saved other states from the recession. Indeed, 80 percent of such states have worse budget problems than Wisconsin. 

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