creature saidThere was no misrepresentation on my part.
Think about it. In what part could the effort to recall the Democrats play into the decision for a compromise? Any form of compromise is what the Democrats want. They knew that they would not get the bill they wanted. The Republicans have the clear advantage to get initiatives they want passed. So any form of compromise, not matter how minor, is a plus for the Democrats.
If the threat of a recall of the Democrats had any significance, it would have prompted them to return without any deal.
No. The Democrats did not want any curtailment of collective bargaining. That was their position, and despite their minority status, they hoped pressure would force the Republicans to keep collective bargaining for benefits. They did not get that, so their agreement to some minor things Walker offered represents a compromise on their part, in addition to being a minor compromise on the Republican's part. The pressure on them was considerable, not only the recall, but the public opinion on their hiding out.
Actually, the unspoken intent of Walker's plan was to destroy the public sector unions: he'd take away all but a very symbolic power, then force them to recertify each year. He was hoping that, by year two or year three, there would no longer be public sector unions for anyone but the emergency workers.
Of course the reason he had hoped for that was because once you've got that outcome, all of the power rests with the employer: the government makes the annual contract offer, and the employee is left with an ultimatum- take it, or show yourself out!
Some would leave...but others, indebted by the higher education it took to qualify for those jobs, would have no choice but to stay; no longer partners in the public service, the morale would nose dive, and it's the public themselves would would suffer in the long run. After all, unhappy public school teachers, swimming in post secondary debt do not encourage the next generation to take up teaching.
The Unions and Democrats better be very careful with this Governor...I don't believe it would be beyond him to lure the Democrats back, then force the vote on his former bill. After all, didn't the Republicans slimeball their vote over the objections of the Democrats in the House?