Labor's Last Stand and the Dismantling of the American Union.
Over the past five years, Wisconsin, a liberal Midwestern state with a long standing history of labor activism that took root a century ago, has became a crucible in a nationwide conservative effort to destroy America’s labor unions. Last February, a controversial bill, known by supporters as a “right to work” law eliminates the requirement for private sector workers represented by a union to pay dues. Union members opposed to the bill argue that it is nothing more than an effort to weaken unions, since unions are required, by law, to represent every worker in a unionized workplace, regardless of whether they pay dues or not. As state senate hearings for the bill took place, thousands of protesters occupied the Wisconsin state capitol building, in Madison.