Katie Couric's Notebook: Unions

CBS Evening News Anchor Katie Couric. CBS

Right now, there's one thing the Wisconsin state legislature could truly accomplish in a bipartisan way: a resolution to honor the Green Bay Packers. Beyond that, it may be an uphill battle.

After a week of protests in Madison, state Democrats and Republican Governor Scott Walker still have horns firmly locked.

Like 45 other states, Wisconsin is facing a budget deficit. Governor Walker is proposing deep cuts in public employee pension and health care benefits, and has called for eliminating collective bargaining rights for everything but pay.

Wisconsin was the first state in the union to create a union for state workers. It won't be the last to have a showdown over public employee benefits.

In 2007, candidate Obama said he'd walk the picket line with any American workers "being denied the right to organize."

It won't be long before union leaders hand the President a comfortable pair of shoes.

That's a page from my notebook.

I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.


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