Posted by | March 11, 2011 00:04 | Filed under: Top Stories

Governor Scott Walker and Wisconsin Republicans have awakened a sleeping giant, and unions and those who support them are actually grateful.

As several states seek to follow Wisconsin’s lead, newly invigorated public unions are looking ahead to the next election. Democrats are pressing to recall Republican opponents of organized labor and turn the debate into a focal point of next year’s campaign…

Democrats said their counterattack efforts were already beginning to bear fruit in the form of donations: The party’s Wisconsin chapter said it raised $300,000 overnight and has collected $800,000 from 32,000 donors in just five days…

Labor organizations have already pledged to pour more than $30 million into efforts to stop legislation in dozens of states seeking to limit public workers’ bargaining rights or otherwise curb union power. Union officials are helping to mobilize protesters in Wisconsin, Ohio, Indiana and other states to keep the pressure on.

“Gov. Walker’s overreaching has brought us to this moment to be able to talk about jobs, to be able to talk about the right to collective bargaining,” AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka (pictured) said Thursday in Washington. “This is the debate we’ve wanted to have for 25 years. Well, guess what? Suddenly the debate came to us.”

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