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The power struggle deepening in Wisconsin and across the country over how workers, bosses, and budgets face the future.

Los Angeles County employee rallies in solidarity with Wisconsin workers outside Los Angeles City Hall. (AP /Jason Redmond)
Los Angeles County employee rallies in solidarity with Wisconsin workers outside Los Angeles City Hall. (AP /Jason Redmond)

The drama in Wisconsin over union rights and public spending blew up with a force that jolted the whole country wide awake.

Awake to fiscal crisis not far away but right there, in states, cities and towns.  Awake to what could be won and lost in that crisis for workers and all labor rights.  Awake to hard resentment that has grown in the private sector over public sector jobs and retirements.

Wisconsin’s battle has been ruggedly clarifying. On power, politics, pay, prospects.  And it’s not over.  And it has spread.

This hour, On Point: Wisconsin’s battle stretches out, and goes deep.
-Tom Ashbrook
Guests:

Jason Stein, Capitol reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Steven Greenhouse, Labor and workplace reporter for the New York Times and author of “The Big Squeeze:  Tough Times for the American Worker”

John Harwood, Chief Washington correspondent for CNBC and a columnist at the New York Times

James Taranto, member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board and writes the “Best of the Web Today” column for OpinionJournal.com.

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This program aired on March 8, 2011.

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