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The measure "may be able to be rescinded and layoffs avoided" if 14 Senate Democrats return to the state capitol.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

    The sad part to this story is,
    It is pitting neighbor against neighbor!
    And I can't help but to think how profitable this is going to be?
    Capitalism,one of the many evil formulas of devils!
    That loughner dude in arizona may have been wrong to shoot innocent people but he got part of it correct?we are being controlled by language!the republicans whether right or wrong have purchased the best Pa system money can bribe(buy)and they are blaring the best propagandist language the world has ever heard,its almost mind numbing?
    Question to all wi governor supporters and those poor people who are against unions,
    Do you know what your boss was allowed to do to you before the unions?
    And your argument is hypocritical,because your saying get rid of the unions,then who will keep labor fare?the government?

    March 5, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FreedomLover

    If people from the private sector walked off their jobs the way the Wisconsin Dems did, they'd be fired.
    If budget cuts in Wisconsin aren't made, the union workers won't have jobs - but they don't seem to realize that.

    March 5, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Yes, the people of Wisconsin realize this, but they would rather get pink slips than give freedoms. And senators that fled the state are right now working for me. They are keeping a vote on this horrible bill from happening. And I'm proud of them. They are keeping democracy alive in Wisconsin.

      March 6, 2011 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      The private sector is next. The repubs will come after the private unions and then average working Joe, right after they get rid of the most resistant, the unions.

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

    Confused?
    A right to negotiate is not going to raise or cut the budget?
    All private workers go to your boss monday,and tell him/her,that you know you have a promotion coming up but you'll only take half of what they are proposing,and tell your boss you don't want to negotiate because you don't want to cost the company more money?
    No unions meant no pay for lunch breaks,no 15minute breaks,no cost of living/wage increase,and back we go to no rights to negotiate?
    So all you corporate likkers(I know what I spelled)out there who are buying the argument made by big business get ready because your kids and grand kids will be in chains thanks to you being not too bright and very gullible.

    March 5, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mmmmm

    File a motion in federal court to stay his notice gov where the has no jurisdiction plus he is violated fed laws...gov you are a dummy!

    March 5, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm to Gov Walker

      you uht a dummmy(singing)
      you uht a dummmy(singing)

      you uht-an-insurrected-dummmmy!
      (still singing)

      March 5, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Is patty aka state atty general???

      March 5, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Eldon Bloedorn

    Gov. Walker is just another Replican mobster. Scare, intimidate tactics. "Do" whatever it "takes" and screw the workers.

    March 5, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Next will be our guns. For the republicans and Tea Party to say they were for the people. They just never said it was for the wealthiest people. There are more middle class than non-middle class. I hope all the nation watching this remembers this and votes accordingly. I also hope people remember we are all in this together and we all want what is best for the country. Being out of debt, healthy, free to choose, and have faith in our nation to recover from our wounds.

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

      Eldon you have turned into a flaming , socialist liberal, Living in CA too long !

      March 21, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Patty

    DUH!!Why R all U people so ill informed. It does not matter if the DEMS vote NO. They need them to come back so the have a quorum. The Repubs outnumber the dems in the house. They r staying so that there is no quorum. GO WISCONSON!!! Unions R needed for many things. Big infrastructure projects like roads, bridges that the counties and feds want to bid out R primarely given to big unions. Please get your facts straight. GOOD NIGHT and GOOD LUCK!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Then why issue an arrest warrent, huh patty? Huh, patty? Huh, patty? Huh, patty? Why fine them? Huh, patty as in patty wagon? Huh patty? Sounds like a civil rights violations tooooooooo
      me! Huh, patty watty!

      March 5, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Patty you sound like you're sleeping with the govenor....

      March 5, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. personny

    Wow! http://nopolicestate.net

    March 5, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Shocked

    Sunday night and this is all CNN has for stories on Walker/Wisconsin? The biggest attack on unions and workers to happen in the USA in a long time and CNN is quiet? No mention even of Michael Moore being at a rally in WI? I guess we can see what CNN's addenda is. Don't have any good anti-worker news...don't report anything.

    March 5, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Patty

    Hey: Look upthe facts! What the dems R doing is nothing new. The RePubs did it to Clinton.Was anybody fined or arrested? NO!!! Stop so stupid and stick to the facts. I was married to a Repub who held ahigh office. To bad he passed away at a young age or he would have alot to about these tea party repubs!!! Stop posting stuff U no nothing about!!! GOOD NIGHT and GOOD LUCK!!!!

    March 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Patty

    By the way I am a DEMOCRAT!!! Have always been a democrat and will die a democrat. So MMMM whoever U R go get an education start with politics 101...

    March 5, 2011 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • bookfinder

      Patty, I would say you needed an education. I could barely understand your post. And the way you're talking, it doesn't sound like a democrat to me.

      March 6, 2011 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  11. Scottish Mama

    I guess when you cut taxes you don't have any money. And when people pay into a pension fund and a government uses that money for something else then the money may not be there.
    If you go to The Bill Gates Foundation, the gates notes, state liabilities, How your state is funded or maybe not funded.

    March 6, 2011 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  12. Nancy

    Why did CNN not cover Michael Moore's most excellent speech in Madison on Saturday? Check this out:
    http://www.michaelmoore.com/words/mike-friends-blog/america-is-not-broke

    March 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Young Teacher

    I can't wait for Wisconsin to recall. This is the state where collective bargaining got its start! WI is way too smart to put up with this garbage for long. They're big enough to admit they were wrong to elect him and give him the boot. John and Rob are hilarious, but just remember, people hate Unions out of jealousy, not logic. These two, and those like them, refuse to see facts because their jealousy for the benefits Unions have worked to earn for themselves blinds them to it.

    March 6, 2011 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Keep the faith, Missouri is in the beginning stages with the 1st of newspaper propaganda coming out.
      You know that if we don't take away your rights how will we pay our bills. If we don't have monopolies in trash service there will be too many trucks on the road. If we just take some of the guns from the law abiding citizens, the gun stealing gangs won't be able to get them. And the hits just keep coming.

      March 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. michael bourque

    you can count on a recall, no doubt.

    March 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  15. jrnews

    WISCONSIN you deserve Walker for electing him! That goes for any other state that elected right wing nuts who only look out for big business. Keep doing it and watch your rights AND/OR middle class status slip away, as you become part of, or slide further into, the POVERTY class. This is all a manufactured crisis. The Republican’s goal appears to be to do away with Social Security, Medicare, EPA, Public Education, and ELIMINATE ANY REGULATIONS that control the excesses and abuses of CORPORATE AMERICA, as they continue to give tax breaks to the RICH. This is about the Republicans protecting Corporate America at the expense of the American worker. Quite simply this seems to be an attack on American workers as follows:

    Walker's financial crisis, CREATED. He started with a projected SURPLUS and his first week in office GAVE AWAY $150,000,000 in tax breaks to business cronies. The unions had negotiated with the previous governor and "GIVEN BACK $100,000,000" which was voided by the republican controlled legislature. The GOVERNOR added to the decree that HE would be in charge of the states Medicare. This is about attacking workers, Pure and simple, It has NOTHING to do with budgets. It's about destroying the power of the middle class, and YOU seem to be too uneducated to realize that these states are in a fiscal crisis because of these corporations and fat cats avoiding paying taxes and getting tax cuts, etc. They continue to get richer, rip you and the state off, then once the fiscal crisis occurs, they tell you that you need to PAY for their GREED and mishandling of the finances, and guess what, many of you seem to be so blinded by stupidity that YOU continue to vote them in office.

    This is just another example of Republicans putting SELF INTEREST and their PERSONAL quest for POWER AND WEALTH over the best interests of Americans, and showing that their end game is about ‘winning elections’ and NOT effective and fair governance. They say NO for 2 yrs to proposed Dems AND Repubs legislation that could produce jobs, reduce deficits, and improve healthcare and the economy. They deny 911 heroes healthcare, they want to extend tax cuts to the top 2%, adding BILLIONS to the deficit, etc. If it's not CLEAR that they don’t seem to have YOUR and YOUR FAMILY’S BEST INTEREST at the forefront of their minds, then I think many of you will never GET IT. Keep voting for YOUR WEALTHY MASTERS, as they continue to laugh at YOU on their way to the BANK . . . . . .

    March 6, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
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