Monday, March 7, 2011
NationalJournal.com - Union Protests Spread Across the U.S. - Monday, March 7, 2011
If 2010 was the year of natural disasters, 2011 is the year of the protest—both foreign and domestic. The tea party-backed governors of Wisconsin, Ohio, Nevada, Indiana and now New Jersey are feeling the blowback from a different kind of popular uprising.
Amendments to block labor unions from engaging in collective bargaining with the government over salaries and benefits for public workers are sparking protests. In Wisconsin, which may wind up as the Egypt of the Midwest, more than a dozen Democrat senators are AWOL, while Republican Gov. Scott Walker is standing his ground and becoming a tea party hero.
Click on the map to see which states have proposed collective-bargaining amendments and follow our updates on the protests.