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The measure "may be able to be rescinded and layoffs avoided" if 14 Senate Democrats return to the state capitol.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

    So youre saying we should tax the upper class more and give it to the middle and lower classes which basically don't pay taxes to begin with?

    March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      You know if Wisconsin could get all the corporations that didn't pay their taxes to pay, then we wouldn't have a deficit. The corporations are not paying their fair share. And the tax rate on someone earning $10,000 in Wisconsin is little over 6%. The tax rate for someone who earns $250,000 is 7.75%. Not a lot of difference there. The middle class is paying taxes. The poor will have to pay higher rates for their badgercare insurance. And Walker is cutting medicaid by $500 million. That's for families that have medical special needs. So if you need a shunt, or special apparatus, don't come to Wisconsin.

      And as for public employees pensions, they took deferred compensation into pensions/healthcare instead of cash. It's their money that they earned that's put into pensions/healthcare. So actually they are already paying 100% of their benefits.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sdottish mama

      No its fair share. You make more money you pay more taxes. The extreme wealthy were given Bush Tax cuts and the alresdy wealthy loophole tax cuts. Many in our state that own corporations don't pay their taxes and then close that business and open another, never paying for the previous business taxes.

      March 5, 2011 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Bill

    It's called doing your job. Show up and vote. Vote no if you disagree and yes if you agree. Stop being cowards to avoid having to take a stance. Nothing but cowards.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua from Baton Rouge

      I agree. When the Republicans did this in Washington DC over the 9/11 Health Care Bill, they were in the wrong. Now the democrats are doing it and they're being hailed as heros. I fail to see the logic.

      March 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • cbsman

      Bill

      It's called doing your job. Show up and vote. Vote no if you disagree and yes if you agree. Stop being cowards to avoid having to take a stance. Nothing but cowards.

      They actually are doing their job. They represent half of the voters of WI. I like how the Gov says he is representing the taxpayers. These are taxpayers too. WI is pretty evenly split on who they support but the majority of WI believes their should be compromise. If it was as simple as show up and vote and lose the majority would always win and the minority would be steamrolled in every case. In this case the Governors job (according to him) is to cut costs. He can do that without alienating half of WI. But he refuses to compromise, so why not walk away. (its a free country right?) And instead of raising taxes on the rich (which would backup that whole everyone making sacrafices crap he is spouting then he would rather lay off people who really need their jobs. Dont get it mixed up, this is not somethign the gov has to do, he is chosing to do this. say what you want about the Dems, they are fighting for people who cant fight for themselves. The Gov and the repulicans could easily solve this and get the money they want/need but instead they would rather destroy the unions for good.

      March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Agree wholeheartedly – they are NOT doing their job, they are abusing the system. They need to come in and vote – be responsible. Do their jobs and cut the crap. The great majority want them to just come in and vote – if they are against the bill, fine, but at least come in and vote on it. In war we would execute the traitors.

      March 4, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      They are playing the game their fathers' left them. If people want to change them, they can. And often, do. Don't hate the player. Hate the game.

      March 4, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moderain

      #CBSMAN..."If it was as simple as show up and vote and lose, the majority would always win and the minority would be steamrolled in every case"....REALLY? Every Law, bill, & budget in every city, county, state and federally are all voted with the majoritywinning every vote, every day, every week, every year since our country began...Only now do we have elected officials so devious that they want to break with 200 yrs of playing it straight...Then you said "And instead of raising taxes on the rich..." The Top 5 percentage pay almost all of the taxes in America ALREADY...Finally, you said Walker doesn't have to do this...You are right...he could run and hide, or he can be a man of conviction. HIs job requires tough decisions and I doubt this was easy but it's his choice what to stop and what to keep...If you were the hed of your household you would understand this. Just because he might be able to find the money somewhere doesnt mean he has to...That's what the job requires...decide and do whats best for all..not jusy the biggest whiners.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CaptainSebastain

    The measure "may be able to be rescinded and layoffs avoided" if 1 Wisconsin Governor would make an attempt at compromising instead of making messages putting 100% of the blame on Democratic party members.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Vern

    And we're going after Blagojevich?

    March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mypitts2

    They won't respond to blackmail. Fail. Everyone knows that if Walker eliminates collective bargaining, he will be firing people anyway - they won't be able to stop him with no negotiating rights.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jibberjabberfromia

    What about all those republicans in the union that voted for the governor? Looks like you just screwed yourself.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Actually, the Union screw them.

      March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      The unions screw everyone – they don't recognize political parties – they are just out for the big bucks in dues! They are fighting for self preservation. Well I think their days are few! Good riddance.

      March 4, 2011 at 7:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Peggy Sue

    Please take a closer look – "individual employees may begin to receive potential termination notifications," Notice the use of the word "potential", not actual termination notices. Another scare tactic or in other words another shovel full of dirt out of the grave that Guv Walker is digging for himself.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. cbsman

    Yeah I think those public servants should have to feel the pain just like everyone else. I think we should start with the public servant sitting in the governors mansion. Or do most people forget that he is a government employee as well. I think its only fitting that the uncompromising governer can criticize state workers when he makes more than any of them and i have yet to see him volunteer for a pay cut. I guess everyone has to make sacrafices except for the rich. I am not a huge fan of unions but this fight does not have to happen right now. The governer got what he said he wanted (they already agreed to the pay cuts and the benifit changes) now he is just playing politics with other peoples lives. Say what you want about how bad unions are what the gov is doing is down right evil.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      I believe this is a problem that could in tine grow out of control. It is another attact on the middle class. As the spead between the middle class and the wealthy widdens. The wealthy need to be aware that as we are attact and they win our #'s are growing thanks to their attact. I hope all know that even in the group of peoplewith 750,000 or less they still control less than 15% of the money. Well I guess we should keep milking the struggling till the riots are on our door. Not what I want to see.

      March 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moderain

      The Governor is evil because he wont back down? Seems like you think people who dont crack under pressure are evil. He would be failing his whole state and every single person in it if he does back down...Who told you that nice guys give in? Glad you weren't around when we were fighting for our country in the first place. People didnt back down then either in the fight against injustice. If You or I cannot bargain with the state why should our employees be able to...THey work for us not the other way around.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bob

    Typical Democrats. Apparently decision was made that instead of agreeing to cutting spending to make the state budget solvent, they decide to continue the charade in hopes of damaging Republican reponsibility and execution of voter wishes.

    I suppose we should expect this given most Democrat and Union deman for tax dollars to fund both organizations.

    Think im kidding? Ask unions to stop the automatic withdrawl of money from state workers checks and the requirement of such actions to work in a government job.

    Oh yeah, forgot, the bill in question does this and is why we are where we are. Fascinating.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Peg - AZ

      The unions agreed to the cuts weeks ago so technically the budget is balanced – that has not been an issue for weeks – but that is not good enough for Walker and he will fire teachers even though there is no reason to – just to get what he wants

      March 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • RealPerson90

      They agreed on the cuts, they just don't want to give up their voice. Our forefathers would be appalled thinking this man wants to take away these people's hard fought for right to bargain. Think and learn before you speak, because sooner or later people will realize your ignorance and sit you down/

      March 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moderain

      Realperson90...You could not be more wrong about the founders...they would have hated these unions and the idea that all you have to do is pay to belong to get more power...you dont undertand America and why it was founded if you believe that crap...What are the great sacrifices these teachers WHO WORK FOR THE PUBLIC, have made in 2011 to deserve your weepy remarks except to have some dues autodrafted out of their bank accounts to fund union powergrabbing? Ive gotta hear this because you dont know the first thing about what the founders were trying to accomplish or avoid.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @moderain- So why do the Koch Bros get to buy Walker. Boycott Koch Bros. Flexrock,Comforel-fiber.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Justen

    This is nothing but legalized blackmail on the part of the state of Wisconsin. Why don't they hoist the skull and crossbones and make people walk the plank again too while they are at it....

    I wish the people of Wisconsin would simply stop giving ANY money to Wisconsin business owners and take their business out of the state–if people would QUIT SPENDING the government would start towing the line.

    Money, greed and power is the only thing governments understand.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      I haven't been to Kwik Trip since this started. And I had to go to Wal-mart in an emergency twice. But I'm not buying Angel Soft toilet paper.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      I haven't been to Kwik Trip since this started. And I had to go to Wal-mart in an emergency twice. But I'm not buying Angel Soft toilet paper. But just remember that some these people are republican hired bloggers and they want dissension among the middle class. Then wealthy/corporations can take over because there is not a united front against them. It's funny republicans don't want big government, but this is big government at it's worse.

      March 4, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sdottish mama

      I quit Walmart 7 years ago. Damn are the Koch Bros. behind Angel Soft. I would like them to be required to put their names on their products. Bookfinder where did you find your info on this?
      Buy Locally. Buy made in america.

      March 5, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  11. Peggy Sue

    For those out of staters and those not aware of what is actually going on, Walker is being bought by the Koch brothers and big business. I am for the wage and benefit concessions, but Walker will not even compromise a teeny bit. He almost seems on a rampage to get his own way. New budget calls for selling public utilities, no bid, at price set by guv, no safe water testing, lots of other buried stuff...........

    March 4, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      No money for recycling, either!!

      March 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sdottish mama

      We have to pay for recycling in Missouri or you are taken to court.

      March 5, 2011 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  12. wann2know

    Wall Stree Fat Cats and elites like Koch brothers are laughing their butts off, popping corks and guzzling down caviar. They are succeeding at creating a war between the classes. Life is good at the top! Their sh1t don't stink.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sdottish mama

      Exactly this should not be Demo or repub it is middle class VS wealthy.

      March 5, 2011 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rob

    This guy walker is a real low life piece of excrement. All he cares about is screwing the middle class so he could give tax breaks to the rich. He can lay off all he wants, but middle class WI taxpayers won't get any benefit. He is only there for his rich masters like the Koch brothers.

    March 4, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  14. greg

    Teabag Governor Holds Temper Tantrum -Video at 11:00

    March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peg - AZ

    Makes no sense at all – the unions agreed to the cuts weeks ago – so technically there is no budget problem and no reason for anyone to get fired – it is really evil-hearted of Walker to resort to this tactic in such difficult economic times – just to get what he wants with regards to collective bargaining – the budget is balanced – the problem should be solved and people should be able to go on with their lives – it is cruel and really quite ridiculous

    March 4, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
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