Democratic senators and union leaders have badly misjudged Governor Scott Walker. Characterized as heartless and even Hitler, Walker is resolute in his desire to see this situation through. He is in a winning position and he is going to use it.
Walker has already indicated that 1500 pink slips will be delivered to state workers next week, with more on the way if some sort of deal isn’t made.
If they really believe he is the Satan they say he is, it would be wise to take a different approach. In negotiation, it is important to understand your opponent’s strengths and weaknesses. They are attacking his strength by questioning his resolve. He will see this through. His weakness is there are elections next year.
Instead, they should accept his deal and keep the union intact, although in a marginalized way.
If they continue to butt heads with him, he will continue to turn screws until he wins. That could, and probably would, include sending pink slips to all teachers in Wisconsin at the end of the school year and then having them reapply for their jobs. That would break the union.
Right now, there are recall petitions being circulated in the districts of two Democratic senators who are seen to be vulnerable. The Republicans will win at least one of those recalls. Then, the Republicans will be able to hold votes with no Democrats present.
With his current offer, the union is damaged, but still intact.
They will have another shot in two years to reverse whatever changes have been made. I’m guessing money would pour into Wisconsin in unheard of amounts, showing the world what happens when you mess with a union.