Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s battle with state workers over pay and bargaining rights has had ripple effects around the country, as voices are raised in solidarity with both sides. The Democratic governors of Massachusetts and Connecticut are making their own proposals to trim pay and benefits of public sector workers, as they contend with major budget issues. Although the fight here is not nearly as contentious as elsewhere, it’s unprecedented in recent history. WFCR listeners can join the conversation Thursday March 10th, when Focus Western New England looks at Wisconsin as a turning point for workers in the region and around the U.S. Join host Jill Kaufman and guests as they look at specific legislation in Massachusetts and Connecticut that could affect state worker benefits, and discuss the ongoing relationship between unions, economic crises, and politics.
- Studio Guests:
- Eve Weinbaum, Labor Relations and Research Center UMASS Amherst, Director
- Roy Occhiogrosso, Senior Advisor to Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy
- Geoff Beckwith, Massachusetts Municipal Association, Executive Director
- A representative from the CSEA-SEIU Local 2001 in Hartford