Fortune: Public Unions Scapegoated

First it was Goldman Sachs, and now Fortune online is taking a sensible position on budgets. Do Walker and Boehner realize how far to the right they really are?

Unionized workers didn’t sow the seeds of the economic downturn, deregulation of the financial industry did,” says Robert Bruno, a University of Illinois professor of labor and employment relations. “We’ve suffered billions in losses because of greed, gross mismanagement and illegal activity in the financial industry.”

“Unions are an easy target because the largest cost in a state budget is always labor,” says Bruno, who studies employee and union issues. “Why are we scapegoating teachers? Is the American love affair with capitalism so irrational that it knows no bounds?”

Amen, dude.

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