Wisconsin governor issues union layoff notices
Layoff notices issued by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker could take effect as early as April 1.
March 4th, 2011
06:16 PM ET

Wisconsin governor issues union layoff notices

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has issued union layoff notices that could take effect as early as April 1, a governor spokesman said Friday.

The measure "may be able to be rescinded and layoffs avoided" if 14 Senate Democrats return to the state capitol.

"Without Senate action within 15 days, individual employees may begin to receive potential termination notifications," said spokesman Cullen Werwie.

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  1. darb232

    The worm who is on the hook begins to squirm.

    March 6, 2011 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Patty

    Hey, Book binder!!!

    I have more education in my pinky than U Could ever have! Can U read english. Where ever U R from please, stop posting your dumb rants. I am a DEM! What R U?
    Good Night and Good Luck!

    March 6, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patty


    March 6, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. David

    We have to weigh in on this issue as a group. Please everyone go to this one site and post your support for the 14 or the Governor! Everyones opinion evaluated. The collection of all our thoughts may make a difference. http://www.fastnote.com/governor-scott-walker or http://www.fastnote.com/wisconsin-democratic-senators

    March 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JC

    To all those who like to say that public employees are paid with taxpayer dollars. Remember public employees are taxpayers as well, so in a way they pay a portion of their own salary. What this governor is doing is called blackmail. There is no other word for it. Do what I say or else.. sounds like a dictator. The dems want to negotiate but the teabaggers have outright refused. Is that the way the founders saw our goverment? The only bright spot is this guy is going to be a one termer, as well as the Republican majorities. When the Dems get back control they can fix the mess the current administration made.
    It is a fact that non union workers make much less and have fewer benefits than unionized workers. Those who have a problem with people sitting down and trying to get a fair wage for their labor are either jealous, or already wealthy enough not to have to worry about retirement or benefits. Its a shame that people are crying because some people (in their opinion) make too much money and their pay needs to be cut. hmmmm that sounds like wealth redistribution to me... socialist republicans .... who would have thought

    March 8, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • They get whats coming to them

      Ummm ... they are paid with tax payers dollars ... so any taxes they pay come from the private sector that pays their wages. Why is it that the private sector does not need collective bargaining? They have a choice ... seek employment elsewhere ... maybe where they need a brain and actually have to work ... ooops ... they can't find anything else. What a joke. They only people that need unions are those that are not confident in their ability to succeed and be regcognized for their ability and accomplishments. Why would anyone want what everyone else gets no matter the quality of their performance and work ethic unless it is poor.

      Typical liberal ... let me tell you ... people that are successful got there from hard work ... why is it liberals always want what other achieved on their own.

      The problem with socialism is you eventually run out of other peoples money ... and that is now what has happened.

      March 8, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
  6. man from texas

    great job Governor....you ran for office........told the people what you would do it elected....so the majority elected you..what the heck is wrong with this plan..............democracy is the way it works..............
    the uniion top dogs are greedy.......it is all about money........stand firm Governor...................

    March 10, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. pete enriquez

    stupib,stand alone longranger if you think you can make a differance by yourself good luck. It take people to stand together to get wages and respect.

    March 13, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. danise

    I find it humorous that the people who are supporting Walker do not think that eventually this union busting won't affect them??? Unless you are one of those 400 millionaires, the effects of what Walker is doing is going to slap you right in the face, no matter what state you live in. Without the right to collectively bargain for wages,people in the middle to lower classes will be nickeled and dimed to death, will never see a "living wage" and the pockets of the rich will only grow fatter. Some states are trying to reduce the minimum wage even as I write...be careful Walker supporters, of
    just what you wish for.

    March 18, 2011 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
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