This is an alternate version of my original Second American Civil War map: [link]
In 2011 Michigan becomes the first state in the Union to repeal collective bargaining rights for public employees. Michigan and Ohio follow shortly thereafter with more radical legislation that results in "Financial Marshal Law," across much of the states, breaking up private unions as well as public ones.
In 2012 Anti-Union legislation has passed in Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania as well, destroying one of the last major sources of campaign donations for the Democratic Party, costing them the White House and the Senate.
In 2013 Herman Cain is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Having won with a strong backing from the most powerful business interests, Cain begins to lead the charge for more intense Union Busting. The same year the Republican controlled Congress, as well as a number of states, pass legislation that makes it more difficult for Unions to contribute to political campaigns, and strips federal employees of their collective bargaining rights.
2014: Democratic Senator Dick Durbin collapses on the Senate floor after three straight days of filibuster, resulting in the passage of the Snyder Act, which makes the policies of Michigan's 2011 budgetary law national, granting a half a trillion dollar tax break to businesses and the rich, while eliminating tax cuts for the middle class. The law also lets the President declare whole states to be in a state of Fiscal Emergency and grant powers to local officials or appointed directors to break up any local contracts (such as collective bargaining agreements), and even remove local elected officials from office. The act sparks a national outcry and after Fiscal Martial Law is declared in many states, Wisconsin secedes from the Union. Ohio follows days later and after a bloody coup in Michigan the rest of the Rust belt joins to form the American Workers Union.
2015: The Second War between the States rages on.