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The measure "may be able to be rescinded and layoffs avoided" if 14 Senate Democrats return to the state capitol.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

    Sounds like extortion, but the Dems have made their point. The goal was to get media attention and they got it. Now please go vote no and get on with business. I don't buy all this anti union rhetoric either, but you can't skip town indefinitely to prove your point. Only 9% of private sector jobs are union down from a peak of 40% in the 1930s. Unions are dwindling yet jobs keep leaving this country for even cheaper labor. 1+1=2 We are being lied to. Only 33% of public jobs are union, so whether that's the only problem with a budget is up for debate. Trim everything including legislative benefits or stop claiming it isn't political. We're not stupid. Well some of us are I guess. Either way the Dems are at risk of losing public support. Go back and vote. You made your point.

    March 4, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      The Dems are standing up for us. Why should they vote. To have a bill pass that's immoral? No I don't think so. And guess what. Other states are backing down on collective bargaining because of Wisconsin. I'm not ready for an oligarchy or fascist state, so I don't want them to come back yet. I'd rather get my pink slip than have that happen. This isn't just about unions, it's about freedom and rights. We have a collective bargaining law, the first in the country. Yes, it's a right!

      March 4, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  2. aambatm@gmail.com

    I think Walker thinks he's in Nazi Germany instead of Madison WI
    They need to get this guy out of office keep those signatures coming

    March 4, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      You are so right!!!

      March 4, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Theresa

    Tried to get updates off the Sarah Lou web site but couldn't find it.
    I think Walker thinks he's in Nazi Germany instead of Madison WI
    They need to get this guy out of office keep those signatures coming

    March 4, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  4. joyce

    Some of you guys sound like a bunch of hot heads who are misinformed. It's a good thing you're not in our state, or our legal movement which has been peaceful and basically a game of political chess would have moved to riot status. The only difference in this game is that the people got involved and refused to silent. Walker is about to be held in contempt of court, the police have sided with the people and the democrats, and there is nothing wrong with what is going on. It's about time people stopped punishing people for being less educated or state workers. And I agree about the racial comment someone up there made. I'm Arab American, and I see many of the service he is cutting directly affecting low income and people of color...public transit-cut, but more money into prisons, cause when you cant get a job or get to work, that's where you'll end up. Schools in low income areas=cut. Libraries-cut. Farm familes will suffer too, and they voted for him.

    Here's the problem here in WI-people didn't vote. Watch your backs, folks. Because the tea party movement is coming to your state too. Don't let them in. My opinion. Our peaceful protest will go One Day Longer, and we'll remember come November. Recall is our legal right, which is different then impeach for the gentleman who misused that term above. Look the two up.

    March 4, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Amen! These guys are republican hired bloggers trying to create dissension. And I would guess most of them are not from Wisconsin. The Isthmus and the Wisconsin State Journal are suing the governor for his email messages. Trying to make him prove his claim that most of the emails are in support of the bill. They haven't handed them over yet. Representative Fred Clark talked to a group of people in our area and he says that the emails he receives are 4 to 1 against the bill.

      And we have been peaceful, but FOX news has tried to make us look violent. I especially love the video where they `show protesters shoving people. The funny thing is that people are in shirt sleeves, there are palm trees, green leaves on the trees, and no snow. Wisconsin has no palm trees , there are no green leaves on the trees right now, the temperatures have been at 15-25 degrees, hardly shirtsleeve weather. And where's the snow? You can't hide that. This is a fake video-----IT'S NOT WISCONSIN. FOX LIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

      March 4, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Moderain

      NOT LIES NOT LIES Bookerbinder you are a moron The shoving that happend this week was in Georgia. Thats why they had Georgia accents and were protesting Georgia issues...You are not qualified to make value judgments unless you can get the simplest facts straight FIRST.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      They did not say it was in Georgia. The guy was in the Wisconsin capital and then they go to the union protest. That's what label on the screen said. Did not say Georgia.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Name*Rich m

    Recall Gov Scott Walker

    March 4, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ventura

      Next year is the soonest per Wisconsin law.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cesar

    @Centrist, have you seen my friend Tomcat?

    March 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. mavigozler

    The last thing any nation or state needs is a "leader" who is VINDICTIVE and PETTY!!

    Walker believes in DIVIDING his people-Republicans vs. Democrats, right vs. left, winners vs. losers-not in UNITING his people. He wants to be the man for SOME Wisconsinites, not ALL Wisconsinites.

    He is a MEGALOMANIACAL IDEOLOGUE, and that is the last thing all of us need right now.

    I hope the SOB is recalled the first day he is eligible to be recalled.

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

      He will be recalled. It's not just the public employees, it's their families, it's the small businesses that the employees visit their businesses (which they won't after this, because they'll lose their jobs because of the $840 million cut to schools and the $60 to municipalities. Walker is trying to get rid of the deficit in 1 year. He's suppose to be creating jobs, but he's going to take them away) It's the people who will lose services because of this budget. Bush has given the wealthy tax cuts since he's been in office which is suppose to create jobs. Well, it did just the opposite. Giving tax breaks to wealthy hasn't worked because they keep the money to themselves. Greedy!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 4, 2011 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avenger2012

      I HOPE the door doesn't hit those teachers in the @$$ on thier way out!!!

      March 4, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Moderain

    Why should he compromise when he is right and is going to win. It would be one thing if he was wrong but these unions are a disaster and they need to go....Look at all the money they have cost this state in their desperate attempts to hold power they do not deserve...How many members would even pay them if they didnt have to...YES THEY HAVE TO PAY THEM. Auto draft out of your check whether you want to fund them or not..THAT is just plain wrong. Then the waste all this time that the state doesn't need to waste including all the crap at the capitol...these GUNIONS gotta go.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Why are the unions a disaster? Because they are the only ones who stand up for common person? Because without them the corporate republicans would take over? We need them just to the corporate republicans in line. Because it's obvious that republcan don't care about us. The world has enough dictators, we don't need them in America. Republican hired blogger? It shows.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JessenTn

    Unions have no right in government workplace. There is absolutely no reason for a government employee to pay a steward monies for nothing. I am a NON-union government employee and they (Government) negotiate my insurance premiums and pension rates the same as any Union employee. The only difference I keep my money and pay my taxes, I don't give tax free money to a union rep. to stick in his pocket for nothing. Bust em all and create a strong workforce with out giving away tax dollars to those that do not earn it, or deserve it, the Non-working Unions reps.

    March 4, 2011 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      OOh, the new shift is on aboard now. I hope the republicans only require you to work 8 hour shifts.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • joyce

      My husband is also a non-union state worker. We are still fighting for collective bargaining rights. It's a matter of politics and opinion. And the system works here. Walker wants to bust unions to allow his cronies free reign to privatize government jobs, and pay less. Have you seen what houses and rent cost in WI? Do you know that we are one of the highest property taxed states in the country? People will not be able to afford to live on what Walker proposes for private jobs. That is not our vision for WI, and that is not what the man ran on. I didn't vote for him. Many of those who did have buyers remorse. And the proof will come in Nov.

      March 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Actually the proof will come Jan 1. The first day that Walker can be recalled.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Such a bitter person. Jealous? Walker, when he was Milwaukee county executive, fired all the security guards at the courthouse. And then hired Wackenhut guards. The courts ruled that that was illegal, so the guards got their jobs back, but they still had a contract with Wackenhut, so they are paying for double the guards. And Wackenhut cost more than the public employee security guards. Thank governor Walker for putting the county in more debt.

      March 6, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  10. OffTopicGuy

    Anyone else think it's blasphemous to wipe using Angel Soft tp?

    March 4, 2011 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Avenger2012

    Na na na na...
    Na na na na...
    Hey Hey Hey...

    March 4, 2011 at 11:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Avenger2012

    There once was a man from Chicago
    Who'se seat was almost sold by Blago
    He said with a grin
    With Trumpka's b a l l s on chin
    The unions will be our new Gestapo!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Avenger2012

    Oh no everyone! A Libertarian has walked into the room!!!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ventura

    The hypocrisy of the Fleebagging liberals here is quite astounding to say the least. Simply amazing.

    March 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      What hypocrisy? The best you can do call people names. Walker is a governor that unilaterally made decisions without talking to the people it affects. He gives corporations $140 milliion and creates an unbalanced budget. He uses this as a ruse to get rid of unions. This isn't about money, it's political. The unions usually back democrats so you have to get rid of unions. The republicans are shooting themselves in the foot. They are screwing a lot of people with long memories, who have families and friends. I like my democracy, I don't want a fascist state under Walker. He's trying to appease his bosses, the Koch brothers. He didn't count on the people standing up to him for their rights. And we're not backing down to that dictator.

      March 5, 2011 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  15. Avenger2012

    There once was a group from Wisconsin...
    Who suddenly went absent...
    Despite all the pleas...
    They continued to flee...
    The people that they represent!!!

    March 4, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Report abuse |
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