Wisconsin governor may use National Guard if labor unrest erupts over negotiations

“Mini-Mubarak” is the latest label being thrown at Walker, who has infuriated labor unions with a proposal to end collective bargaining for state employees. Protesters in the state capitol are vehemently opposing Walker’s effort. Walker has said that he will not negotiate with unions because the state is “broke” and has nothing to offer.

Walker told the Associated Press last week that state National Guard “is prepared to respond if there is any unrest among state employees.” The statement has caused an outcry by union supporters, who claim it as a threat of physical violence to stop protests…

Moore links to the Mini-Mubarak website and to an op-ed by Harold Meyerson in the Washington Post titled, “Wisconsin’s pharaoh tries to silence unions.” Meyerson says that Walker’s statement about the national guard is a throw-back to the days of violent 19th-century union busting in the United States.