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Wisconsin result bad news for California unions?

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker greets supporters at an election-night rally June 5, 2012 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Scott Olson/Getty Images

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker emerged the victor last night after a long year of battling his state's labor unions. Their attempt to recall the Republican governor was expected to be a close vote, but Walker appears to have won handily.

Public-sector unions had led the recall effort because Walker had stripped down their collective bargaining powers. It allowed deep cuts to pension benefits for teachers and other groups. The fight in Wisconsin mirrors a push-and-pull in states across the country including California. Just last night, San Jose and San Diego city governments won proposition votes to cut benefits for city workers.

More than two-thirds of San Diego voters and a near landslide of San Jose voters approved mandates to cut retirement benefits.

Could all this mean more ballot measures targeting pension spending? Is there a connection between Scott Walker's win and the future of unions in California?


Marcia Fritz, President, California Foundation for Fiscal Responsibility

Cheryl Parisi, Executive Director, AFSCME (American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees) Council 36 of Southern California

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