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Wisconsin Police, Firefighters embroiled in labor battle - Part 2

From: Changing Gears
Series: Changing Gears: Remaking the Manufacturing Belt
Length: 04:15

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Midwest states are changing the relationship between unions and workers. This year, Indiana became the first in the region to become a right to work state. Last year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dismantled collective bargaining rights for state workers. Public safety workers were supposed to be exempt. A year later, though, hundreds of police, firefighters and paramedics are finding that they’re also facing less pay. In the second of two parts, Niala Boodhoo reports on the spillover effect from last year’s law. (4:14)

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Midwest states are changing the relationship between unions and workers. Last week, Indiana became the first in the region to become a right to work state. Last year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dismantled collective bargaining rights for state workers. Public safety workers were supposed to be exempt. A year later, though, hundreds of police, firefighters and paramedics are finding that they’re also facing less pay. In the second of two parts, Niala Boodhoo reports on the spillover effect from last year’s law. (4:14)

HOST TAG: This story was informed by the Public Insight Network. Changing Gears is a collaboration of WBEZ Chicago, Michigan Radio, and WCPN Cleveland. Support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

***To be used with part 1: 
"For Wisconsin state workers, the year without collective bargaining"


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Midwest states are changing the relationship between unions and workers. Last week, Indiana became the first in the region to become a right to work state. Last year, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker dismantled collective bargaining rights for state workers. Public safety workers were supposed to be exempt. A year later, though, hundreds of police, firefighters and paramedics are finding that they’re also facing less pay. In the second of two parts, Niala Boodhoo reports on the spillover effect from last year’s law. (4:14)

HOST TAG: This story was informed by the Public Insight Network. Changing Gears is a collaboration of WBEZ Chicago, Michigan Radio, and WCPN Cleveland. Support comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

***To be used with part 1: 
"For Wisconsin state workers, the year without collective bargaining"