NYT: But if Wisconsin is a model for what Gov. Scott Walker might achieve nationally, it is worth examining his results so far. Walker credits Act 10 in part for the decline in Wisconsin’s unemployment rate since he took office in 2011 and has said he considers right-to-work “one more arrow in that quiver” for the creation of jobs.

But since 2011, the state has fallen to 40th out of the 50 states in job growth and 42nd in wage growth, according to an analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics data conducted by The Capital Times of Wisconsin. Act 10, officially called the Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill, was supposed to fix persistent budget shortfalls by lowering labor costs and eliminating union rules. But Wisconsin’s two-year projected budget deficit has actually increased; in May, the Legislature approved a $250 million cut to the state’s prized university system to help close the gap. Wisconsin is now among the top 10 states people move out of.

In a New York Times Op-Ed article, Lawrence Mishel, the president of the left-leaning Economic Policy Institute, called the decline of union bargaining power in the United States “the single largest factor suppressing wage growth for middle-­wage workers over the last few decades.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/14/magazine/scott-walker-and-the-fate-of-the-union.html