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Dennis Deslippe, Eric Fure-Slocum, and John W. Mckerley

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040498

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.001.0001

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Wandering through the Wisconsin Uprising

Wandering through the Wisconsin Uprising

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(p.66) Chapter 4 Wandering through the Wisconsin Uprising
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Civic Labors
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Stephen Meyer

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040498.003.0006

In this chapter, the author offers his personal account of the 2011 Wisconsin uprising that was sparked by Governor Scott Walker's issuing of Act 10, a “budget repair bill” that would effectively end collective bargaining for the state's public employees. The Walker administration also launched an assault against the University of Wisconsin with a drastic change in its mission statement. In response to Act 10, thousands of people converged on the state capitol in Madison, where they occupied and slept in “the people's house” for eighteen days. Although the protests and the electoral recall campaign they waged were unable either to stop Act 10 or to remove Walker from office during his first term, they produced a powerful new movement that has managed to score some victories. The author, a labor historian, considers the actions of the protesters in the context of a tradition of activism in Wisconsin. He also highlights the many other consequences of the Walker counterrevolution against the Wisconsin Idea's progressive political and social values.

Keywords:   protests, Wisconsin, Scott Walker, Act 10, collective bargaining, public employees, Wisconsin uprising, activism, University of Wisconsin, electoral recall

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