Well, Walker won the recall. I was once a Wisconsin resident, but am no longer and have not been for a number of years.
There will be no recriminations or sour grapes here — just honest soul searching about what it means to identify with the union movement and be, on some level, a union activist in a state that is far more hostile to unions than Wisconsin will ever be.
I mean, if a state known for once electing socialists can so quickly turn its back on public unions, what hope can I hold out that my collective-bargaining-less public union here in Texas can even begin to hold the center against what will, increasingly, be a right-wing onslaught.
Have I backed the wrong beliefs? Will being a building steward be totally meaningless (instead of mostly meaningless) in three years?
I’m not moving, but I expect to be overwhelmed.