Can Historic Wisconsin Pro-Union Protests Re-Energize U.S. Labor, Progressive Movements?
Interview with Matthew Rothschild, editor of The Progressive Magazine, conducted by Scott Harris
For more than two weeks, large numbers of Wisconsin union members and their supporters from across the U.S. have converged on the state capital in Madison to protest Republican Gov. Scott Walker's effort to slash state workers' rights. On Saturday, Feb. 26, an estimated 100,000 pro-union demonstrators swarmed the State Capitol making clear that the outcome of the fight over union collective bargaining rights in Wisconsin will have consequences far beyond the state's borders. Similar efforts by Republican governors to diminish union rights are underway in Ohio, Indiana, Florida and Tennessee.