Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin
Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters following a session of the State Senate at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
March 9th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the "Budget Repair" bill.

"Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.

Senators were able to move ahead by voting only on the non-financial aspects of Walker's proposed bill, which requires fewer members for a quorum. But the move drew howls of outrage from outside the chamber, where pro-union demonstrators chanted "Shame, shame," as the bill passed.

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– CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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  1. Scottish Mama

    The days of the Fox watching the hen house is here. It is a fact that the Repulicans are with the corporate. How much will the working people let them take. Does not matter if you are Dems or Republicans, if you are a working person you should be appauled at what the Gov. Walker has done. Walker has given the Koch Bros. a tax cut and the people that work for the state have to pay for it. I can see fair share. But taking bargaining rights is not the answer. It will give employers free reign over the worker. This Tea partier has stripped the worker of rights, the union already had agreed to benefit cuts. Every worker in wisonsin should be afraid. REcall, start your signiture collecting now by a certified person. Have them in order and all information correct.

    March 10, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. MikeR

    Scottish Mama, how much do the Union Leaders make? Some into the millions while others well into the $100,000s which is as much as many politicians. Why don't they take pay cuts?

    March 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Scottish Mama

      I heard the highest paid union rep makes about $400,000.00 and under him make $200,000.00. I am not a union rep though. They are not public state workers like Walker. Plus it was not the union bosses that gave the Billionaire Koch Bros a tax cut that could have paid off the 1.4 million deficit. Instead of collecting the taxes that were owed they went after the public workers. They had already agreed on paying for benefits, but now it is about bargaining rights, that is what they don't want to give up. Taking away bargaining rights does not pay the deficit in Wisconsin.

      March 10, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
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