Wisconsin Assembly OKs union-weakening bill, moves to Senate
A protestor pickets outside of Wisconsin’s Capitol, where the state assembly passed a bill removing many workers’ bargaining rights.
February 25th, 2011
03:15 AM ET

Wisconsin Assembly OKs union-weakening bill, moves to Senate

The Wisconsin state Assembly passed a Republican bill Friday that strips most public workers of their collective bargaining rights, but the fight over the bill seems far from over.

The bill still has to be passed in the Wisconsin Senate, which could prove to be a more contentious battle.

Fourteen Democratic Senators have fled to neighboring Illinois to prevent a quorum from voting on the issue, and they remained absent early Friday.

Thousands have also protested the bill in recent days.

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  1. phoenix

    A group of rich people have duped a group of Americans to go out and commit fiscal suicide. For whatever reason there are people that think teachers cannot do anything which is why they teach. I am a teacher! I am also a former green beret. I can do anything I want to do but I choose to teach. I have seen the worse of the world and feel that I can teach the youth that they can make a difference. I cannot understand why teachers are villified by the tea party and their lemmings, unless they blame the teachers for their lot in life or maybe they are rich without children and do not want to Pay taxes.

    February 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Shirley

    Walker in Wisconsin and Kasick in Ohio are proving they are tools of the rich corporations and the Koch brothers who bought the vote for them in the last election. We stand with the protesters !!

    February 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  3. a real american

    A unionized public employee, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table. In the middle of the table is a plate with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO reaches across and takes 11 cookies…looks at the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie.”

    March 1, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PS1547

    You want education better, stop cutting programs for kids. Republicans do it all the time. Step up to the plate as
    parents and make your kids behave when they are at public places, including school. Stop making excuses for your kids when they get caught at things.
    Penalize them for it. Show them you will not tolerate it. Show them you will stand behind the teacher even if you
    don't like the teacher. It's not a time for you to be cool when your childs education is going to hell.
    Build more schools and use less buses. At one time only country schools used buses, and now kids are too lazy to walk.
    Pull the plugs on their televisions and computers except for school work. Furthermore, pull the plugs on YOUR OWN
    (Parents) computers and spend some real family time with your kids. Encourage them to learn while you help yourself
    become smarter and impress them. It's not the teacher's faults when your kids misbehave and when they pelt the teachers.
    If the teacher's were to use discipline and correct your kids, you would throw a fit and sue. It's not teachers
    failing the kids, it's the parents.....it's you. Quit blaming the inequities of your families on someone outside the
    house. It's not someones fault outside the house that you never made it a home. Check your kids room for things they
    shouldn't have, like cigarettes, dope....and trash it. It is your house, and freedoms are earned. Wake up and smell
    the coffee and don't confuse it with roses.
    Life is what you make it, and so are your kids lives. How many times do you go to the school and check to see how your
    child is doing other than the one time each year for an opened house? I don't think one teacher or principal would
    object to speaking to you anytime you showed your face at the school for a PT Conference or a School Board Meeting.
    Get educated as to what is going on. Too many out here like to bark and complain but know nothing about what they speak
    about. Quit pretending you are brilliant....be satisfied with smart and ask some questions. Brilliance still might come.
    Don't think for a minute your tax dollars exempt you from investing time in your child's education. That's not how it
    works. You fathered or mothered a kid, now do the hard part....become a mom or a dad. Trust me....you can have a ball
    doing it. Been there, done that. ....Oh, and the school board knows me by my first name

    March 16, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. PS1547

    Wisconsin Expat, said, "Say tomorrow that there were 1,000,000 new nurses that graduated from school. You would immediately see the
    premium for nurses go down (that means smaller salary). The only spot you wouldn't see salaries go down...public sector health
    care workers. That's the problem. If you remove supply/demand from how public employees are paid, how do you justify any salary?"
    So a solution to the problem would be to get rid of sick, old people?

    March 16, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
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