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An article in the New York Times Magazine on Friday dug into Governor Scott Walker's battle with organized labor, an issue that has defined his legacy in Wisconsin. The piece emphasized the Wisconsin Republican's apparent desire to “destroy” unions, and how it brought him national support from the Republican Party.

To humanize the plight of the average union worker, the New York Times described the struggles of average American Randy Bryce, quoting heavily from his memories of the battle between pro-labor and right-to-work proponents:

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The article begins:

On his first day of work in three months, Randy Bryce asked his foreman for the next day off. He wanted to go to the Capitol in Madison, Wis., and testify against a proposed law. Bryce, a member of Milwaukee Ironworkers Local 8, was unloading truckloads of steel beams to build a warehouse near Kenosha, and he needed the job. He has an 8-year-old son, his debts were piling up and a 10-hour shift paid more than $300.

But the legislation, which Republicans were rushing through the State Senate, angered him enough to sacrifice the hours. Supporters called it a “right to work” bill, because it prohibited unions from requiring employees to pay dues. But to Bryce, that appealing name hid the true purpose of the bill, which was to destroy unions.

What the New York Times buried in the piece, as it chronicled the underdog battle between Bryce and anti-Labor politician Walker, was that Bryce ran (unsuccessfully) for the Wisconsin State Senate in 2012 (when he didn't make it past the primary) and again in 2014, when he lost in the general election.

Bryce has a Facebook page:

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Where he continues to comment on union issues:

Just to be sure this is the same Randy Bryce, the New York Times added a helpful description:

...Bryce, who is 50 and has close-­cropped black hair and a horseshoe mustache...

Bryce has not announced yet if he plans to run again.

Editor's Note: This post has been updated to correct a mistake. The Times mentioned Bryce's political history in both the print and online versions. We regret the error and have updated to reflect that fact.

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