As described above, while public sector unions passed a threshold, they are now facing a significant challenge as the result of declining revenues. The state long known for an impressive labor history, Wisconsin, which passed the first public sector labor law in 1959, is now retrenching. In a March 2011 column in the Wall Street Journal, writer Robert Samuelson said "What we are witnessing in Wisconsin and elsewhere is the death knell of Big Labor" (p. A13). At least 12 other states have significantly changed public sector bargaining rights or are in the process of doing so.
Labor Relations Discussion
Compare and contrast labor relations in the public sector to the private sector. What are some of the distinctions? Are these distinctions valid?