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The measure "may be able to be rescinded and layoffs avoided" if 14 Senate Democrats return to the state capitol.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. Avenger2012

    Did the union bosses say it was time to quit posting or something???

    March 5, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  2. 2Bad4U

    Wisconsin? lol, but think what a sorry state our country would be in if all politicians decided to take their marbles and go home if they can't get their way. Unreal. They were elected to do a job. They should get their sorry asses back to work and vote. What a laughing stock ...

    March 5, 2011 at 12:42 am | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      No, some people stomp their feet and start blackmailing legislators by firing people. Talk about a temper tantrum!

      March 5, 2011 at 1:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. racheltucke

    Yeap. In fact, did you know that Currently, many insurance companies do not allow adult children to remain on their parents' plan once they reach 19. Companies cannot do that any more. Search onilne for "Wise Health Insurance" and you can insure your kids if you are in the same boat.

    March 5, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      You must not have read Obamacare. It allows children to be on their parents insurance up to age 26.

      March 5, 2011 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
  4. DrBill

    Government workers have to be shown that they don't OWN the job they do. They are there only by the approval of the TAX PAYERS.
    We don't need them they need us !
    You Will Starve As We Do.
    You WILL Share The Burden Of Balancing Our Budget, Like It Or Not You Work For Us !

    March 5, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      The govt worker has an invested interest in his/her job, more so, because he is a taxpayer his tax dollars paid for the service, bldg, even the job. He/she is worthy of all right and due process to keep that job. Walker is attempting to overrule this precedent. His tatics are illegal and the FBI should take his dictator tatics aka "laws" out of office. There was another gov who inflict such abuses of office he was known as Huey P Long
      he used the state police to interfere with the rights of the people and their elected officials who oppose him. This man is redefining the checks and balances of state govt. The citizens and the unions and Wis-FBI need to take steps to stop the
      walker madness.

      March 5, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Walker is a closet insurrectionist and should be arrested and carried out office in handcuffs. Where are the judicial officers in that state: judges, lawyers, ethics boards, govt watchdog groups? WAKE THE DUCK PEOPLE!

      March 5, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      DrBill public employees are tax payers. Their taxes help pay their own salaries. Do you think that they don't pay taxes?? They don't get a free ride because they are public employees.

      March 6, 2011 at 12:41 am | Report abuse |
  5. Motik

    When the economy was good & state employee salaries were lower than the private sector (and still are), there was no uproar by the public that they were underpaid. Gov't workers give up decades of higher pay to get their pensions. These same Republican's will get better pension, healthcare, and other retirement beni's after a few years "service" than other gov't workers get after decades of service. When a person in the same profession as me (with 10 years less experience)oing) complained about my getting a pension, he shut up when he found out my take home pay (which includes paying for my pension) is less than his mortgage.

    March 5, 2011 at 4:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. David Crandall

    If they ran out of money to pay the workers then they have to lay them off. It's plain and simple.

    March 5, 2011 at 5:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Sdottish mama

      David David David you did not read any previous blogs. They already got the money and benefits reduced, this is about worker rights. Taking them away from unions then us commoners.

      March 5, 2011 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Wisconsin is an employer with a contractual agreement subject to the labor laws and its rhetoric. He must also negotiate the reduction in force with the unions and I believe he would also need the approval of lawmakers to do the action....

      March 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oops but he don't have a quorum!

      March 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joan

    He already got the money and health benefits giveback he wanted but that's not enough for him and even if he breaks the unions, that won't be enough. He wants to be a dictator with power. He is backed by the wealthiest people in the country. Very soon, the middle class will be gone and we will all be servants to the very rich. We need some kind of bargaining power to survive in this mess.

    March 5, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      If you are a state worker file a grievance with your unions...you don't have to wait...the gov has already shown that he is disregarding the contract...and taken steps to punish and obstruct those who has decided to form and participant in the union and the union activities...including any benefit gained by the unions. Where are the labor law attorneys...I see big money to earn off of Wisconsin state budget for violating employees' rights and unions rights...

      March 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Those senators who were arrested, subject to fines per day should file civil right violations against this gov and state and sue him personally for these violation...he is interefering with voter's right as well...he can't obstruct a vote and neither can he compel one. Gov walker your sheeit is up!

      March 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Oh Deputy Eric Holden yawl presence is needit heer in Wisconsin!

      March 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      We hav' a rogue govenor heer who is violating papals votin' rights and repersentations...he is also hagglin' wit da po' workers and yooins...and I believe deese heer papals are bein' harass fer dey political
      a-field-lee-ations. I beelive Deputy Eric Holden you hav' enuf just cause to kick dis heer govenor's a--zzz!

      March 5, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Itsall Tuna

    If WI doesn't have the money to employ the people they need for their services they should raise revenues or layoff the people they cannot afford and are not willing to keep. The budget shortfall comes to $68.50 per household if all paid equally. The 1500 are only 0.86% of all public union employees in WI. They understand the idea that some people will lose their jobs but are unwilling to lose their bargaining rights.

    It took all of 17 seconds to reach 51 votes in the Assembly to pass their version of the 'Repair Bill'. If even two WI Dem Senators show up the Senate version will be passed in under one minute. They must stay away until more Repubs relent and stop the madness. It is a version of filibuster. Call them cowards and traitors but their absence is part of the legislative procsess.

    March 5, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  9. WorkingStiff

    This whole thing has been a case of blaming the financial problems of the state (and for that matter the nation) on the working man and not admitting where the real problem lies... It can be illustrated this way... A Banking Executive, Union Worker and a Tea Party member were offered a plate with twelve cookies on it. The Banking Executive grabbed eleven of the cookies leaving one cookie behind and then told the Tea Party member "Look at that Union Worker... he's going to steal your cookie".

    March 5, 2011 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      heres 11 cookies to boycott:Dixie plates, Mardi gras plates and towels, quilted northern, soft 'n gentle tp, sparkle napkins, vanity fair napkins, Zee napkins,Lycra, Stainmaster Carpet, Georgia pacific paper products, and Georgia Pacific lumber andbuilding products.It is posted on the web of Koch Ind.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Rob

    Why April first? The dems are not going to vote and everyday that cuts are delayed the deficit will grow. Cut now! Even well run organizations have at least 10% fat that can be trimmed and when it comes to Gov. run organizations the fat % is more like 50% so cut now! no more delays!

    March 5, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Because Walker gave 140 million to the rich. Koch Bros you work for. Boycott Georgia Pacific. Putting your 8 hours for the Koch Bros.?

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

    As a hard working overtaxed private worker I sick and tired of of turning over a big part of my pay check to pay for union mandated public benefits that are so much bigger then what we get in the private sector. Why can't we cut the benefits to the same levels as the private sector benefits, why is this so hard to understand?

    March 5, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      They already gave you are next, they are going down the chain. Boycott Brawny, The Boys of Koch are taking right to think and bargain.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Just a Minute

      The unions were willing to take cuts to their benefits. Maybe they need to give up a little more to better match us non-union shlubs, but that's not really the issue in this. The GOP has always been about putting more money into the hands of business and less in people's hands.

      I saw something the other day about how the GOP has wanted to heavily cut the IRS staff. Sure it's the IRS, but they collect revenue, particularly from businesses. So by cutting the auditing teams looking for business tax dodgers, they hurt the government's ability to balance a budget. So we have to find money elsewhere to make up for it. And since the IRS brings in $2 for every $1 spend, they pay their own way! Sending them after individuals hardly earns as much as going after corporations, so why lay off the people auditing corporations? Because they're the ones funding the GOP. Plain and simple.

      March 5, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      So bring everyone down to your level? I bet your pay is better than mine. College degree.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Speaking of Fools

    Listen up all of you anti worker loudmouths: Do you also call yourselves Americans? Do you believe in what it really means to be an American? Or have you all sold your souls to.your greedy money masters? Walker has awakened The Dragon in this great state of Wisconsin. The Dragon believes in America and, as did our forefathers, will stand together to fight the tyrany of your false gods and prophets.

    March 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Just a Minute

    "A New York Times-CBS poll this week indicated that Americans oppose efforts to weaken the collective bargaining rights of public employee unions by nearly a 2-1 margin."

    So if the GOP is so right to break the union, why is it that the people they represent don't support it?? And why is it they exempted the male-dominated police and firefighter unions? I'm sure we could save even more of those unions were tossed in too, right?

    Fact of the matter is, the GOP should be listening to the majority who don't want this bill. They might have more votes than the Dems, but they represent the people who don't want this too and only listening to the minority doesn't make them look any better than the fleeing Dems.

    March 5, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Rep. Clark said that he's receiving emails that are 4-1 against the bill. That doesn't sound like the minority of people against the bill.

      March 5, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. lillian

    Public sector employees are paid by the taxpayers. Collective bargaining was not intended for public sector employees. In a collective bargaining situation between employees and employers, who is representing the taxpayers? At some point, the unions need to realize they have reached a dry well. There is no more money. Not only is Wisconsin in trouble, the United States is broke. Franklin D. Roosevelt predicted that if public sector employees were allowed to unionize it would bankrupt the country.

    March 5, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bemused

    Public sector employees are paid by the taxpayers to do jobs that taxpayers want done. When the right was talking about Wall Street, the contracted bonuses were sacred. But now the contract between union members and the state can be violated? Jon Steward did a great riff on the two-faced right wingers.

    March 5, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
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