Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin
Republican Wisconsin Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald speaks to reporters following a session of the State Senate at the Wisconsin State Capitol.
March 9th, 2011
07:47 PM ET

Bill cutting collective bargaining passes in Wisconsin

Wisconsin's Republican-led state Senate passed Gov. Scott Walker's proposed restrictions on collective bargaining for public employees Wednesday, getting around a Democratic walkout by stripping financial provisions from the "Budget Repair" bill.

"Tonight, the Senate will be passing the items in the Budget Repair Bill that we can with the 19 members who actually do show up and do their jobs," Sen. Scott Fitzgerald, the chamber's Republican majority leader, said in a statement announcing the move.

Senators were able to move ahead by voting only on the non-financial aspects of Walker's proposed bill, which requires fewer members for a quorum. But the move drew howls of outrage from outside the chamber, where pro-union demonstrators chanted "Shame, shame," as the bill passed.

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- CNN's Ed Lavandera contributed to this report.

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  1. M

    Outrageous. WI GOP are frauds.

    March 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      How is doing your job when your coworkers won't, fraud?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba Cheese

      Whats outrageous is the democrats left the state instead of doing their job. They should fire all of them.
      How can you have democracy if you just run away every time you have an issue you dont like.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • MarkB

      Democracy and fulfilling campaign promises is a fraud?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • #1AMERICAN

      where was your outrage when odumbo and pelosi rammed everything thru...unions are nothing but corrupt lazy thugs

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • @T

      how is stripping "financial provisions" from a "budget repair bill" doing your job exactly?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • TOMO

      Good Job Walker...America is coming back!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • cityguy

      When the Dems used cloture to force the Healthcare Bill through, you people called them Heros. And now when the tactic is used against you they are cowards? I think you meds just arent working right anymore..

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laurie

      R-E-C-A-L-L!! Is this what Wisconsin voters wanted from their elected officials – more refusals to listen to the people? It's one thing to vote the way these Republicans did after hearings and thoughtful discussions considering both sides of the matter: it's another to vote with absolutely no hearings or and no even attempts to hear both sides. Doesn't sound like smart, reasonable or concerned leaders to me. In fact, doesn't sound like leaders at all.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • DBF

      Good for them, I'm not in the GOP but applaud the Wisc repubs for putting an end to the unfair advantage these Unions have, Hopefully this will spread across the country and manufacturing will once again be prevalent in America. If these protesters would think for themselves instead of swallowing all the bull the Unions and Obama tell them, they'd understand collective bargaining in the public sector doesn't work.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      No there not a fraud they ( unlike the dems ) Are doing there job, one which we the people voted for them to do in nov.
      The only fraud occured when the dems who where elected to do a job that we the people gave them to do,and instead of doing that job they let the unions talk them into betraying we the people and fled to cheat the system(or we the people)
      but you can bet your bottom dollar that come 2012 they will never do it again. NOTE TO DEMS WHO RAN OUT ON WI
      YOU ARE FIRED! and you can blame the unions you sold out to and the president that thinks running away to cheat the system is Good. he wont be around after 2012 either

      March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • B

      Finally...Gov't leaders doing what they were hired to do! It's about time we had elected leaders who are responsible to the majority of taxpayers. Walker for President!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      People forget the importance of unions. Those who vilify them are ignorant as to their importance and necessity. Read a book.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • WaterBoardMe

      So the recalls will be valid, then. Don't want to hear any whining from GOP cry-babies at all, OK? Just stfu and take your medicine when the recalls are voted-on and they send the pink slips to the governor and at the 8 eligible republican senators.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay

      "Not doing their job" by leaving the state is the only way the Dems can block the legislation, as there is no filibuster in the WI senate. In the U.S. Senate, Republicans have filibustered many times to force the Dems to make compromises.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clwyd

      A dark cloud has fallen over America tonight. Shame! Democracy is a farce!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Actually...

      @MarkB

      Stripping collective bargaining rights was not a campaign issue.

      True, informed voters (for gubernatorial and state-level – not too many who paid attention in WI. This will change in '12 and '14, I imagine) knew state workers would feel the pinch. No mention of stripping collective bargaining rights was made, however.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Democracy at work – let the democratic losers vacation in Illinois – I'm sure their union "bosses" will help them cry in their beer.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • catmom

      #1 American, this isn't about President Obama and the Affordable Health Care which passed the House and Senate with Republicans saying no . You can't say it was rammed through when they debated the bill for a freaking year. They actually weakened the bill to get Republicans on board but heaven forbid Republicans actually do anything that would benefit average Americans.

      What this is about is a Republican Governor and Republican Senators doing every thing they can to screw the citizens of Wisconsin. This Governor has in the four months he has been in office has completely divided his state and pitted working Americans against each other while giving their tax dollars to corporations. WOW!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      Jay, thank you for dropping some knowledge. Far too many have absolutely no idea what they are talking about.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. don

    Thanks Demos! At least you could have come back and fight.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      They could have came back and fought while the bill would have been passed right under their nose. At least they bought enough time for the country to pay attention and show their outrage. If they would have stayed, the bill will have been passed without 1/10th the amount of attention it has received since the Dems stood up and walked out.

      Let's hope this speeds up the recall process...

      March 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dante

      Staying away was how they were fighting. It was basically a fillibuster on the state level.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      They should have fought it within congress rules. This now gives Republicans precedent to do it in the future as well. They could have filibustered forever in the chamber, but nope that was probably considered too strenuous, so leaving state would just be easier. I support the public unions in this case (but I don't agree with their pension systems, another story), these senators were cowards not Hero's.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      Agree with others who have replied. Staying in Illinois IS the most effective means of fighting. It has drawn the national spotlight on how idiotic Walker is. It's downright scary to see some of these replies and their mindless praises of Walker. The rich continue to get richer while pitting the middle class against itself. Don't be stupid people. Unions are not the enemy.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • J

      Dems hiding in Illinois look really incompetent now, were they elected by you deems to run and hide. Typical union bottom feeders.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amanda

    Cowards and corrupt cheats.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Condorcet

      The Republicans for voting, or the Dems for not showing?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mikes

      Yes, but they had their chance. Instead, they shirked their duty and fled to Illinois.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt Valparaiso

      I'm with Amanda. Those Democrats are cowards and cheats. With just a few words she described their corrupt and pandering nature. Bravo Amanda

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • cityguy

      Maybe you dont remember the Dems doing the same thing with Cloture when they forced Healthcare through. Oh, my your brain doesnt work that far back sorry..

      March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      If they would have stayed the measure would've still passed with much, much less attention placed on the bill. Now Wisconsin Unions have the attention of the nation.

      You can't negotiate with someone who explicitly states their unwillingness to compromise, along with their desire to push legislation down the throat of their colleges under the guise of negotiation.

      Whether they stayed or went, the bill was going to pass because the Republicans had the numbers the Democrats did not. I am proud of the fact that they stood up for our Democratic principles and decided not to sit idly by while they tried to bust unions under the ruse of deficit reduction.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      I agree, the dems are cowards they run from the job we sent them to do
      And corrupt because they did it because the unions told them to and are paying them to.which means they should be tried for treason or fraud

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      Sounds like a Republican, Amanda. Three cheers to the Democrats for holding their ground!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • ModerateMainer

      All this anger from the right has to come from the fact that their slate of potential Presidential Candidates is downright comical. Who is going to beat Obama again? Gingrich? Palin? Huckabee? Romney? Barbour? I can honestly say each of those candidates is laughable at the lead of a ticket.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      Yes Amanda they did bring attention to there act of betrayal.
      which is why those of us voted in the republicans to cut the budget
      and it has shown us that they sold out there loyalties to the unions
      and i am willing to bet this show will cost them dearly come 2012
      most people believe they should have never allowed public employees to unionize in the first place

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jon from nj

    Democracy, huh?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Yes, democracy. The majority of elected officials voted to pass a law. That is the law of the land. What is not democracy is becoming elected, and then running away from your office.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill

      Yup. Stupid people voted for the wrong elected officials. The problem isn't with the representatives.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Nation

      Democracy is not rule by the majority, it is rule by the majority who participate.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      Obamanation is all 1 word

      March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tom

    I get tired of unions yelling "Shame shame" every time they have a disagreement with someone. Around here in San Diego, we see lots of unions standing on the street corner with signs saying "Shame on [insert company here]" because the company chose to use non-union workers.

    Unions are an important part of the labor force in this country, but the constant cry of "shame, shame!" is going to turn against them in the long run.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      The shame is well earned and well deserved, that's why you get tired of it.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marge

      Shame shame on you give back all the benifits the Union has got for the public and see how well you fair. Darn I wish they could take all the 40 hour work weeks, the vacation, the sick leave the overtime pay and every single solitary the union won from people like you and when you are trying to find a place to pitch your tent, have some one stand over you and say Union union union.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • DBF

      The Unions are dead! Figure it out people, your free ride is over, close em all down now.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    SHAME!!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. borko61

    Excellent, democrats are freeloaders no more.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      Republicans work in Unions too. Democrats are just smart enough not to bite the hand that feeds them while Republicans continue to support legislation which guarantees their fall to poverty while securing the rights of corrupt corporations.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      Hard working people are not freeloaders.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert

      the government isnt a corporation. It just wishes it was.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      "Republicans work in Unions too. Democrats are just smart enough not to bite the hand that feeds them while Republicans continue to support legislation which guarantees their fall to poverty while securing the rights of corrupt corporations." There are no rich billionaire democrats who own majority shares of large corporations. Only republicans work as top executives and earn millions. What was I thinking? Kudos to the millionaire micheal moore and social liberal billionaire bill gates. I hope micheal enjoyed his flight home on his luxurious jet. Of course that will be ignored. 😀

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Truth

      Democrats are the ones that are the ones working. The rich executive Republicans are the freeloaders. They don't break their backs for an honest wage only to have a millionaire tell them, "We don't want to pay you as much for the same work, but can I have my bonus, please? And my tax break?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clwyd

      Reply, No hard working people are called teachers, nurses, prison guards, police and fire.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      Amanda got it right again. they didnt want to bite the hand that feeds them
      but last time i looked they where public reps not union reps and they betrayed we the people for the unions who slip them money to get there way instead of fighting for we the people

      March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Steve

    I can see the Democrats being elected next time. People won't forget.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Newlight WI!

      Steve, The "people" of Wisconsin did remember, THAT is why Scott Walker is in office.

      They remembered the sweetheart union deals, the DOUBLE union pensions for Milwaukee teachers, they remembered ex-governor Doyle raiding other state funds to give to the teachers unions, the people of Wisconsin remember alright.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      people dont forget thats why the dems got there @ sses handed to them in nov over obamacare and come 2012 it will be even worse. we sent them there to do what they are doing not run away. i am willling to bet come 2012 the dems will control nothing, not the house( all ready gone), not the senate(only need a few seats)and the W/H is the easyest of all
      SO YOU ARE RIGHT
      WE WILL REMEMBER

      March 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hanne Sonderland

    Unbelievable. Scott Walker is bought and paid for by business interests, and couldn't care less about the people of WI. Hope this helps you "balance your budget", Scottie. Shame.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      I hope Bruce Springsteen is enjoying being payed off by non-union corporate radio like sirius xm. Shame on Micheal Moore for using non-union labor when unionized labor was available. Ah but you can't call them hypocrites, it doesn't apply to Democrats.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fwl

    First!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. June moyer

    I hope the republic enjoy there moment...they have written a ticket out of office

    March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      $100.00 says you are not only wrong
      But wrong in a very big way. it will be far worse for them than nov was

      March 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Spectre

    Haahahaha. Let that be a lesson son, you lose 100% of the fights you RUN from.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      You lose 100% of fights against cheaters no matter what

      March 9, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba Cheese

      They did not cheat. The democrats ran away from their responsibility and should all be fired.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nadacran

      Dave, if Democrats leaving wasn't cheating than the republicans move also wasn't cheating. Both are using the rules of the legislature to their own advantage. I can see you complaining about the Republicans only if you also complain about what the democrats are doing. And vice versa otherwise your just a hypocrite.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spectre

      Did you seriously just call them "cheaters"? What are you, 8? Sounds like something heard during recess after losing at four-square.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      Well said I am proud of you. and we the people are exstremly proud of Gov. Walker
      well done! At least some of the leaders are doing what we the people sent them there to do

      March 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. madendetroit

    Not exactly related to this story but up until say the mid 1970's most traditional families were able to exist on the salary of the one working parent (the father). The mother stayed home and tended to the house and children. Then at some point it became necessary, i suppose, for both parents to work. Now if it were possible to go back to the place where most families could exist on one income. Would the women prefer to be stay at home moms. Just think of how that would reduce the numbers of unemployed if the women returned to the home and the men brought home the bacon

    March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • robrorod

      No I don't necessarily agree that it has to be the woman at home, but I do agree that a family should be able sustain, flourish even on a single income. Someone should be home raising the kids.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Exactly!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Chauvinist much?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nadacran

      I agree...partly. I think at least one parent should stay home (mom or dad). If we could go back to those times it would be a happy day. That is also part of the problem with education (slightly off topic) the parents are trying so hard to put food on the table that they don't have time to pay attention to their kids and help them with their school homework.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Amanda

      So you're saying the problem with this country is that woman are taking all of the jobs from men??? Yeah... that's what's wrong with this country.

      You know where that isn't an issue? Iran. Please, feel free to buy a one way ticket.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mike in VT

    This just proves that the bill had nothing to do with the deficit or balancing the budget; only about breaking the backs of workers and Unions.
    This is what you voted for. Hope you like it.
    Because when you make +$200,000 you are not rich and need tax breaks, but when you are a teacher making $50,000 you are too wealthy and need to make cuts.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SilverHair

      Slavery shall return. Like it or not, robber barons are on the march!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • katie moore

      AMEN!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DTB

    LOL this isn't even legal!

    I hope those 18 yays enjoy their recalls!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Actually it is. They only needed the DEMS for money issues only.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
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