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. Garyd2

    The taliban republicans have struck again. Now what happens to the budget? Get real people, the republican taliban of this country are your enemys, not the unions, most idiot posters on here have no idea what a union does or stands for, they will learn in the coming days, you found out a lot today. Eat it up sheeple, keep the pied piper in office, everyone will be working at wallyworld now.

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

    the republican party is a massive con, persuading decent middle class folks that other decent middle class folks are to blame. this is all a diversionary tactic designed to distract you into believing that teachers and firefighters are the cause of your misery and, while u look the other way, change laws designed to protect ALL of you so that their corporate paymasters can profit. please, good middle class republicans of WI: don't be fooled! you ate being used!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Smith

      Exactly... I mean just look at the prank phone call! I mean These guys have freaking Lobbyist at their inauguration!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Smith


      March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livi

      Isn't a nice big pension and outstanding, all covered health insurance considered FINANCIAL? Sorry, but the Unions aren't about "civil rights" anymore. The only thing unions do today is suck the state budget dry and raise income taxes to pay for their big administrator paychecks, 25-75% salary pensions til the day they die AND demand full covered healthcare.

      It's about time someone stands up for the private sector taxpayers. If you think its so much better in the private sector of employeement then QUIT AND FIND OUT!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Smith

      Livi, How exactly making sure these teachers, firefighters, police officers etc. don't have a union help you?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay Smith

    Going back to the progressive ERA, republicans Have ALWAYS TAKEN AWAY RIGHTS FROM THE PEOPLE!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LikesChoices

      How is giving someone the OPTION of not having to join a union to get a job taking away rights? It appears to me that they are giving people a choice. You can chose to join a union, and get paid what the union can get for you, and pay your dues. You can join the union, get paid what they get you, and not have to pay dues. You can not join a union, and not have to pay dues, and have your pay tied to a merit system.

      Forcing some one to join the union to get a job, and forcing them to pay dues seems worse to me.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. kdm0828

    30 more states to go and we may call it even with what the dems pulled on healthcare!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      All thru your blogs you bring up healthcare and this is the payback. Waht part are you talking about. No evidence of anything wrong. You are a parrot to the republicans. No teeth. Just fury and no solutions, but to take away from the middle class.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Sean

    BOYCOTT WI and all WI products!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. O' Marr

    Vote Walker out next time, his time is up.-- put Walker out of a JOB-

    March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CJ

    ABOUT TIME! They should have done this the moment they knew the missing sen's were out of the state and avoided the entire media fiasco. I'm not a D, I'm not an R but I am a firm believer in following through with what you say in your campaign. Unions are just as bad as big business. Neither one has you the indivudal as its concern or priority. Modern unions exist to further the intereasts and continue the existance of the union. They only care about the indivudal in respect to how it benefits the organization. The public needs to wake up and realize that we don't live in the past, the modern world is drasticly different to the days of yore that union members often harken back to where unions and trade guilds benifited the non members as well.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. yes boss

    you voted them in power. You work for living and vote republican your an idiot. HAVE YOU LEARNED ANYTHING?????

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

    If you are part of the middle class and call yourself a Republican, you are a complete idiot. Republicans are not friend to anyone but the rich and I mean rich not the upper middle class, middle middle class, or the lower middle class. ONLY THE RICH AND THE RICHER

    March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livi

      don't hate the rich. many rich people worked hard for their money and were successful in life. I'm no where near rich, but don't disrepect just because your the one who is poor. That's just ignorant and makes you look like a loser.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Wes

    How sad.. Did somebody hurt the teachers feelings? Oh well.. We should be giving kudos out to the Wisconsin Senate for helping to curtail the greed and manipulation of these corrupt unions. It's not just wall street and the "big corporations" that need some supervision it's these awful unions as well. I guess it's ok to impose restrictions and sanctions on corporations but not the working class teachers. PLEASE my neighbor works 3 days a week, has the summers off and spends what seems like an eternity day trading. I'm not sympathezing with their plight. Please give me more benefits but I want to work less.

    Sorry folks this is the right way to work to curtail foolish spending these unions have strong armed their way into.

    And this is from an independent voter who voted for Obama in 08, and most likely will vote for him again in 2012. The unions in this country are not offering to help anyone but themselves. They need to be broken.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay Smith

      Yea, but if you go broke, poor or desperate... These teachers are going to be their for your kids...... Is it their fault children don't go to school for an entire year?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livi

      I would rather not have my child go to a school where the teachers only care about their benefits and pension. That's sick and no person like that should be found in a classroom.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • DT

      You act as if teachers are volunteering their time, ("the teachers will be there for your kids"). They chose the profession and they get paid. BTW, who works 40 hours any more? 45-50 is the average, why should you be any different than the rest of us? Oh yes, we have to work more hours to pay your union benefits.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Katy

    Republicans just effed up again.

    I love how the Tea Party and conservatives touted off about the health care rallies and the support they got in protests in 2010. And then inspired protests nation wide that in a week put theirs to shame. I can promise you that is just a taste.

    Those moderate Republicans just guaranteed their recalls. I hope whatever it was they got out of siding with dictator Walker was worth throwing their careers in the toilet. I have no idea how people who dedicate their lives to serving the people, those Republicans that sis NOT SUPPORT THE BILL turned around and did this. It's pathetic and cowardice. True cowardice. Those Democrats that fled the state put their jobs on the line for the PEOPLE not only of Wisconsin but for the nation. These Republicans risk their jobs to support things they know isnt right. THAT is a coward.

    The protests these last few weeks were just a taste of whats to come.

    When we are going after the police, the fire fighters, the teachers, the people who repair our roads, there is something WRONG here. We rely on these people to keep us safe, to keep our children safe. But instead of respecting them, its better to take away what they have because the private sector gets screwed over by corporations that dont care. And now its going to get worse.

    You have something like Bank of America, a coporation so large, that when it screws up it hurts everyone. I have never used Bank of America, but I still feel it when they screw up. I use roads. I had teachers. I've used police services. But instead, now my money is going to give tax breaks to companies I DONT USE OR WANT TO USE. THAT is theft. Not only does our tax money go to businesses you may never use, but when those companies can put all their profits in countries where taxes are super low, and write off loses in THIS country, we then have to make up the difference. And they want MORE TAX BREAKS! I am tired of paying for Wall Street! I do not gamble. Putting money into our safety and education is not a gamble. I know when I call the police, they will help me. I dont get that with Bank of America, DO YOU?!

    What the eff is wrong with people.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Funny how easily you use the word cowardice when referring to Republicans, when in fact it was the Democrats that ran and hid instead of staying in Wisconsin and doing there job. Frankly I think it took a lot more courage for the Republicans to stay and do there jobs. Unless your in a union position, I challenge you to not show up for your job for 3 weeks and see what happens.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kdm0828

    why should I pay a penny to unions pensions and benefits, they dont pay a penny of mine!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Yeah they do – every time they buy a product from the company you work for. Income is income. Only the sources are different. Republicans just want everything for free even though they call everyone else welfare queens. Hypocrites like that aren't made, they're born that way.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndrewM

      ...neither will the billionare who wipes his feet on Wisconsin on the way out, being pretty much the only people who benefit from this bill, short and long you honestly think your saving a dime if collective bargaining is eliminated?...wake up!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
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      March 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kris

    Ending collective bargaining will not save any money. It will: A) Cause teachers to quit and go somewhere that pays better. B) Lower the quality of education in the state because class sizes will increase to adjust to fewer teachers. C) Again, not save money as the Governor has already stated that he plans on lowering corporate tax rates (which is inane considering the big money makers in Wisconsin do not pay Wisconsin taxes).

    March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Funny how you say that this is going to cause teachers to quit and find better paying jobs. Lots of luck with that, take a look at the pay there used to in relation to private sector jobs for similar work hours and benefits. Besides there are a lot of unemployed people out there willing to take any job available. And what about all the teacher retoric "it's not about the money, it's about the children" crap that we haved listend to the teachers spout about for the last 3 weeks. You really think that teachers are going to dissapear so there will be so few as to create class sizes of 60? I guarantee for every teacher that quits because of this, there will be two more ready to take there place and be glad to have a job, as the rest of us working class have been glad to have a job through the bad economy

      March 9, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      That's all we need Mike... a bunch of unqualified jobseekers teaching the youth of our country. If we just open it up to whoever wants the job, you are correct... there will be takers. But have YOU ever been in a classroom? Do you know how incredibly difficult it is to maintain discipline to 25-40 adolescents who would much rather be outside playing? And on top of that, to actually TEACH them? If the thousands upon thousands of people you claim are there come running for these jobs, we will have even further decay in our system. Just having a diploma by NO MEANS prepares you for the classrooms. Having a job in the private sector doesn't prepare you for the classroom. There are so many factors that teachers worry about that you don't have to worry about when you work in sales, or manufacturing, or whatever else. In private sector jobs, you show up, you do your work from 9-5 or whatever, and you go home. You generally have an idea of what kind of tasks you will be doing all day, and when snags come up, there are simple procedures in place to correct the problem.
      As a teacher, this is furthest from the truth. A "snag" that a teacher comes across is anything from a lesson not going as planned, up to a school shooting. And teachers MUST BE PREPARED for any and all situations that come up. I'll bet at your job you don't have to deal with clients not meeting their expectations, WHILE being a complete distraction to all the other clients that you have. This is an everyday occurrence for teachers, especially in urban and rural school systems. Yet you keep saying that teachers need to have their pay based on how their students perform. And unfortunately for these teachers, it isn't the old days anymore. You can't use hard discipline anymore, cause the awful awful parents out there are looking for any excuse to get you fired at every turn. If you are too demanding, parents try to get you fired. If you are too easy on the kids, a different set of parents try to get you fired. This is where the union steps in, and this is why the union is so important. Unions fight for teachers, especially ones working with these types of students.
      This is the fault of bad parenting, and even the best teachers can't fix bad parents.

      March 9, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AndrewM

    Pounding through a bill under a stipulation because it is not money related, even with repeated admissions by Walker that the cutting of collective bargaining as the cornerstone of the fiscal crisis is not only ludicrous, but patronizing. Cant have it both ways-What a joke!

    This guy is a a registered independent, I can only say thanks for the inspiration!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tony

    yeah.. your teachers, garbagemen, plow drivers, police, fireman are union thugs- yet another Beck/Limbaugh tool on CNN...'sigh'.

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