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In Wisconsin, clear messages for Mass. public-sector unions

The clear victory for Republican Governor Scott Walker in the historically progressive state of Wisconsin sends a message that public-sector unions can’t — and shouldn’t — ignore. In times of economic distress, when taxpayers are forced to make adjustments in their own spending, they expect public-sector workers to share in the sacrifice.

That message was clear. Unfortunately, the extremism on both sides — from Walker, in seeking not only to wring economic concessions from unions but to take away their bargaining rights; and from the unions, in activating a recall process intended mainly for those who engage in misconduct — has muddied the message in a way that seems likely to breed more extremism, rather than compromise.

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