Deep Throat advised Bob Woodward to: "Follow the money" in his Watergate investigation. Good advice and appropriate in examining the current deadlock in Madison. It is money that drives the union position and with money comes power and with power, unions can dominate the political scene and achieve whatever goals they set. The unions have been following a brilliant strategy to oppose Governor Walker’s Budget Repair Bill, namely accept the financial conditions but oppose any modification of collective bargaining conditions.
The collective bargaining definition is the negotiation between employers and any group of employees, normally represented by a union, to determine conditions of employment. That definition was established by law in 1935 for the private sector but not the public sector. Public sector collective bargaining has never been established by law, but has been accepted by various units of government from local to state. It has never been adopted at the federal level.