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Labor in the Time of Trump$
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Jasmine Kerrissey, Eve Weinbaum, Clare Hammonds, Tom Juravich, and Dan Clawson

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501746598

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501746598.001.0001

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Walker’s Wisconsin and the Future of the United States

Walker’s Wisconsin and the Future of the United States

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Labor in the Time of Trump

Jon Shelton

Cornell University Press

This chapter outlines the rise of Scott Walker in Wisconsin, which foreshadowed contemporary attacks on public-sector workers and the election of Trump. As the industrial economy collapsed and Wisconsin workers' resentment intensified, Walker won the governor's seat in 2010 by blaming public workers and the special privileges they enjoyed and by promising to restore employment for industrial workers. The chapter details how Walker forced through Act 10, a legislative attack on unions in what had been one of the most progressive states. But despite Walker's promises, Wisconsin lags far behind projected job growth and employment levels in neighboring Minnesota, with its progressive agenda. The Walker agenda, and the coalitions that arose to resist it, presaged the Trump moment; it is an open question whether Walker's 2018 ouster itself is a precursor to future elections.

Keywords:   Scott Walker, Wisconsin, Act 10, Walker agenda, public-sector workers, industrial workers, public workers

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