MADISON, Wis. – When the Republican-controlled Legislature passed Gov. Scott Walker’s landmark collective bargaining reform bill, known as Act 10, in March 2011, the nation’s largest government-worker union shook its fist and declared that Wisconsin’s organized labor war was far from over.

“This may be a battle that has been won by the governor, but we are in this for the long haul,” said Lee A. Saunders, now president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, told the Washington Post at the time.

Saunders was right. AFSCME and public sector unions at large were in it for the long haul.