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Mon, Feb 21, 2011 -- 9:00 AM

Wisconsin's Labor Battle


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AFL-CIO President Trumka speaks to protestors crowding the State capitol grounds in Madison, Wisconsin.
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AFL-CIO President Trumka speaks to protestors crowding the State capitol grounds in Madison, Wisconsin.

In Madison, Wisconsin, labor activists are protesting a controversial piece of legislation backed by Republican Governor Scott Walker. Democratic politicians have left the capital to block a vote on the bill. We look at the protests, and at what implications they may have for California.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Harley Shaiken, professor of geography and director of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley who specializes in labor relations and is recognized as one of the leading experts on the U.S. automobile industry
  • Jason Stein, capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
  • Steve Greenhut, author of "Plunder: How Public Employee Unions Are Raiding Treasuries, Controlling Our Lives and Bankrupting the Nation" and director of the Journalism Center of the Pacific Research Institute, a conservative think tank

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