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With the decline of membership in the private sector, public employee unions have come to dominate organized labor.  Now, Wisconsin’s Republican Governor Scott Walker has successfully taken them on.  We’ll hear how he survived political backlash, what’s happening in other states, and what the future holds for the union movement. Is a new era at hand? Also,Israel announces a truce before a strike kills a Palestinian girl, and on Today’s Talking Point: the Super PAC to end Super PAC’s.

Image: Cartoon: The hand that will rule the world: Industrial Workers of the World journal "Solidarity" (June 30, 1917 issue) by: CsDix

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Jenny Hamel
Gideon Brower

Israel Announces Truce before Strike Kills Palestinian Girl 6 MIN, 29 SEC

Israel declared what it called “a unilateral and partial ceasefire” but moments later an Israeli airstrike killed an 8-year old girl in a refugee camp in Gaza City.  Steven Erlanger is London Bureau Chief for the New York Times reporting from Jerusalem.

Guests:
Steven Erlanger, New York Times (@StevenErlanger)

Collective Bargaining for Public Employees 34 MIN, 48 SEC

With a history of support for organized labor, Wisconsin was the first state with collective bargaining for public employees.  But now, after three years of upheaval, Republican Governor Scott Walker has made it a bastion of opposition.  The state Supreme Court has upheld Act 10, which all but eliminates collective bargaining with public sector unions.  Patrick Marley is Statehouse Reporter for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Guests:
Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gordon Lafer, University of Oregon
James Sherk, Fellow, Heritage Foundation
Moshe Marvit, Labor, Employment & Civil Rights Attorney and Author (@MosheMarvit)

A Super PAC to End Super PACs? 8 MIN, 12 SEC

A Super PAC that’s designed to help end the influence of money in politics will contribute to both Democrats and Republicans in close races.  Is it more likely to end the financial arms race… or escalate it?

Guests:
Lawrence Lessig, Director, Harvard University's Safra Foundation Center for Ethics

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