Prepared for OppositionWalker is so dedicated to union busting that everyone is assuming that he'll try to take away the rights of graduate student workers to bargain collectively, even in the wretchedly weakened ways that his proposals would allow. To stay up on this issue, go here.
Opponents are planning rallies for Tuesday at the State Capitol in Madison. Mr. Walker is prepared for the worst. He said on Friday that the Wisconsin National Guard will provide state services if necessary.
Unclear is the impact of the governor's proposal on the union of graduate students on the Madison campus. If they are considered academic employees, they would no longer be allowed to organize under Mr. Walker's plan. If they are considered state employees, the union could remain, but it would be severely limited in what it could bargain for. At most risk could be tuition remission.
If that happens, I predict, and do it with some confidence, that the University of Wisconsin – Madison will be shut down by strikes.