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. kdm0828

    This is small in comparison to what the dems did with healthcare, I hope half the country follows their lead and then maybe we will be close to even....lazy bums

    March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Robert

    The USA is sinking due to the republicans and disdain and hatred for the middle class. This puts worker's rights back to the 18th century.

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

      Not at all Robert. Wisconsin public employees still have limited collective bargaining rights on wages, and more rights than federal employees have today. This is a small change that has been blown totally out of proportion by the union machine. The sky is not falling...we just have a little more sanity in Wisconsin tonight. Ask the taxpayers of CA, IL and Ohio if they wouldn't want to have a little bit of that sanity in their states.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rick Raymond

    Although it is not explicitly protected in the First Amendment, the Supreme Court ruled, in NAACP v. Alabama, 357 U.S. 449 (1958), freedom of association to be a fundamental right protected by it.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JJ

    wahhh wahhh wahhh, quit whining. Dems cross state line and hide instead of doing their job, so take that!

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

      I guess that what your snivelling will resemble when your corporate stooges get the boot in the upcoming recall. It's going to be a great election turnout for democrats and everyone knows what that means. No more GOP "representation" in WI.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Edward

    So it wasn't about fiscal issues after all?

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

      Edward, if you don't believe collective bargaining has an impact on the future fiscal health of the state of Wisconsin, you aren't as smart as I think you are.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Steve

    Sad day for Wisconsin! A Govenor that is unable to negotiate a reasonable compromise and is following the business plan to benefit the Koch brothers. Hopefully, regardless of political affiliation, the good people of Wisconsin will remove this idiot and replace him....Independent, Republican, or Democrat...doesn't matter, just replace him!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • eob1

      you can't negociate with those who don't want to sit at the table

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. proudmom

    Sad! This is NOT democracy! This is corporate America taking over!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MarkPA

    First they came for the Communists,
    and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Communist.
    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn’t speak up,
    because I wasn’t a Jew.
    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn’t speak up,
    because I was a Protestant.
    Then they came for the Unions
    and I didn't speak up
    because I wasn't a Union member (improvised)
    Then they came for me,
    and by that time there was no one
    left to speak up for me.
    by Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945

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

      "No! Not in there!!! – Ned Beatty in Deliverance

      March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsin Taxpayer

      Really? Are you really comparing holocaust victims to people who don't want to contribute 12.5% of their health care costs?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Betty

    So the dem senators ran away for 3 weeks didnt do their oathed jobs and for what? Exactly= what a bunch of children being paid to do a job they refuse to do.Sounds like union to me lol

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

    This is illegal...but what does one expect from a party that does *everything* the back-door way? Shafting the middle class is what the left-wing thugs are best at...and they will fall down the hardest when Karma comes around to kick their @sses!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • eob1

      Back door???? they had the opurtunity to debate but chose to run. So sad for the plan

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom B.

      What opportunity to debate? The republicans have a majority, the bill would pass with no debate. They needed a quorum to vote. If one democrat walked in the door they would have had enough people to call a vote and the bill would have been passed.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Happy

    Good, I guess the union can release their dancing puddles to return to the state house. Walker for president. CA needs to do similar because the unions have bankrupted the state with wages/pensions that would shock you. legalized theft really.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carl Justus

    When we are governed by dictators or some who they are dictators or kings, then we are in a world of hurt and the so called "conservatives" will holler to high heaven when the pendulum swings the other way and be assured it will and they will be the ones who will want legitimate discussions.

    I hope they remember this day for you can be sure the democrats will remember and their day will come and we will see how the republicans like it when they are excluded from the process.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  13. rhianna

    Out here in San Diego, Unions are frowned upon by most! Going to Union has cost 2 local companies to move out of the country for production because of the cost. We here know how inflation is killing us, but hiding behind union rules and union pay is just rediculous. We are all going to have to make sacrifices to get this country out of the hole it's in. INCLUDING union workers!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wisconsin Taxpayer

    Those of you saying that the Republican politicians in WI will have to face voters are correct. They will, be it in recalls or at the next election cycle. I'll be there voting for them again.

    Politicians work for us...if they become too powerful we can vote them out. If businesses get too powerful we can deny them our patronage. However if our public unions (with their millions of dollars from dues for political contributions) get too powerful...who can "vote" them out?

    Don't say their members....they can't even refuse to pay dues.

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

      Well said, why it shoudl be madatrory to to pay union? It should be choice not a mandatory if I wan to be union member. Yes how can we vote them out if we dont like the union bossess, who elects them anyway

      March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Yes, I can spend my money where I choose to – so I am choosing to boycott WI and all it's products because of what the gov did today.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsin Taxpayer

      Sean - hopefullly with the improvement we made today in the business environment, you'll have LOTS of products to boycott! LOL

      March 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Marty Quick

    A job well done to the governor and democraticly elected government of Wisconsin! Public service unions are a curse and drain on the country. Shame on those radical unionists who tried to stop the will of the people.

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