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. tony

    Sorry Jay... got your post mixed up with some assinine teabagger.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. kdm0828

    union workers get paid 40% more than the private sector, and pensions and benefits paid by middle class tax payers and workers, the FREE RIDE IS OVER!!!

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

      Instead of taking others' rights away – maybe you should fight for union pay and benefits. Unless you don't think you're good enough, do you not kdm0898?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • smc

      Just utterly false. Private sector workers make MORE than their public sector equivalents. You must be comparing burger flippers at McDonalds to government workers with a Masters degree.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Non-Republican

    I think there is a lot of confusion here about the difference between public sector and private sector unions. Private sector unions rein in corporations, public sector unions rob taxpayers.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Actually. ALL unions protect the rights and best interests of their members. Neither rob from company owners or taxpayers. Why is it okay for the private sector to be asked to pay living wages to its employees, but not taxpayers?

      I can only assume you are winging these points of view because they don't make logical or actual sense.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • AndrewM

      Whats sad is some people actually think its better to take Walker's table scraps when his big buddies decide to spend their tax cuts in your neighborhood.
      Have some pride!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joe

    I'm not a republican and I don't know the smallest details of this case.

    However, when I see that a politician is taking an unpopular financial decision and he has nothing to gain from it, I'm happy.

    It might prove to a be a wrong decision n the future, but looking at it from a bigger picture, I'm much happier with this kind of decisions than from a politician that only does what will get him re-elected.

    Who do you think is probably saving more money for the budget, those who take unpopular decisions, or those who add to the debt for the sake of keeping everyone happy and get re-elected?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      Nicely stated....

      March 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEFFREY

      amen thats what IM talking about

      March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      So you're OK with whatever a politician does – provided he does it with conviction? No wonder Hitler gained power. People like you said, "Well he sure means what he says! Maybe it won't turn out well but I like the guy right now..."

      March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      My goodness, expecting public employees to accept salaries and benefits slightly better than their private sector counterparts is equated with Hitler and the Third Reich. You people are insane.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • WisconsinBadger

      Nothing to gain from it? Perhaps the picture you`re looking at is not big enough. Handouts from Koch and other large corporations. I beg to differ he has nothing to gain.

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

      I see your point Joe, and I agree with it to an extent.

      But having a millionare whispering in your ear ( ie Koch Brothers) is not very likely going to give you a nice outcome....

      Heck when has it ever.... they look at us like flies on a pile of cow dung, we are less then them... $$$$

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

      Its funny Nick how you bring up the millionaires wispering in the Republicans ears, but you forget about the rich union with the Democrats in there pockets fighting for there cause. All of the union heads, there all in the millionaire club. Think of all the money in union dues and Insurance premiums the stand to loose. Damn right they have something to fight for. How much in campaign dollars they put out, not to mention the fact that I would bet money that they paid to hide the Democrats out in Illinios. That money isn't coming out of the senators own pockets.

      March 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. nick

    When the unions start operating like the rest of the country including losing income and rewards when the economy does not merrit them, the rest of us will help you fight. My business is struggling the last few years, I can't garentee myself a raise, benefits or even that I will have a business. Shame on anyone who doesn't understand their part in the whole where they may need to suffer like everyone else in tough times.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Socrates

      WALL STREET CREATED THIS PROBLEMS AND YOU ARE TAKING THIS ON THE TEACHERS??? SHAME ON YOU!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • MXB

      There are two concepts one starting a business or one owning a business should learn: RISK and REWARD. Owning a business does not guarantee success. I feel for you if your business is failing, but don't blame others or take it out on union workers. If the Republicans and the "Take Everything Away" (TEA) party would make the rich and greedy pay their fair share of taxes and stop sending about 20 billion to other countries maybe your business would be doing better.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Socrates

    I was not GOING to vote for Obama. Now, not only I am voting for him I am going to get involved. Republicans are going to be sorry. Walker C. Dropout just showed his real intentions; destroy was the working people has achieved in many years. REPUBLICANS HATE WORKING PEOPLE- REPUBLICANS HATE WORKING PEOPLE- REPUBLICANS HATE WORKING PEOPLE-REPUBLICANS HATE WORKING PEOPLE.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      I HATE WORKING PEOPLE 🙂

      March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEFFREY

      I hate to burst your bubble but republicans are the WORKING PEOPLE...... look at the democratic base and tell me if they are working people or just people looking for a welfare check or a handout?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      Its true that Republicans have helped create this mess. Thanks to Walker, maybe I will also now get involved. Maybe the Republicans have finally got the message. There is always hope that someone can help overcome the theft that you propose.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      I hope everyone gets involved and educated, more will realize the truth. And that helps the Republicans, we like people that are smart and think for themselves.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      MICKEY, I honestly now believe you don't work. JEFFREY, I'm a democrat and I make $100k a year. Surprisingly, many farmers are Republicans and many of them get government handouts in the form of subsidies and tax refunds just like many Democrats do. Are you telling me we should stop government assistance to help keep farms that provide food at relatively low prices stable? Then you should be hating on the Governor too, because the government will still be giving handouts.

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

      I'm one of those rich business owners that makes 60g. But I at least love my job 🙂

      March 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Micky, that made me laugh. I've read so many comments from people before on how colleges are just hotbeds of liberalism, and you now claim that smart people tend to be Republicans. Take a look at world history and tell me who is usually the first group of people to be mass executed when a dictatorship starts......educated people! And you know why, because they are smart enough to point out hypocrisy and lies like politicians from both parties have been spewing.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livi

      You are an idiot. REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING PEOPLE. Do you think the ONLY working people are those who work for the government??
      PRIVATE SECTOR EMPLOYEES MATTER TOO!! HOW DARE YOU?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Livi

      You are pathetic. REPUBLICANS ARE WORKING PEOPLE. Do you think the ONLY working people are those who work for the government??
      GROW UP

      March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEFFREY

      haha farmers account for about 1 percent of the population as a whole ?????? gotta eat do we not? substadies can be looked at too if its wasteful!!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david bidlack

    the only reason that any one in this country has benifits in the work place is because they were fought for and earned by unions! the white collar retired workers who were non-union at general motors were sent a leter in the mail that they no longer had life time health coverage because general motors had no contract between them and the retired workers that said they had to pay for their health care. you are being notified that you are on your own. if this kind of union busting is not stopped than all union and NON_UNION workers in this country are at risk of loosing any benifits you think you have thru your employer. the problem here is the results of a failed trickle down economy that has keep the average american wage from being $33,400 in 1985 to being $33.000 in 2008. the fact is teachers are not making to much its the fact that the general population keeps voting in the party that wants to trickle down on them to make their lives better. some people have figured out that being trickled on just makes you cold, wet and smell bad. the revenues have not gone up in over 25 years and fact have gone down with the high unemployment. the states are going broke because of it. this same party with their open and uncontrolled world trade supply side economics has taken many peoples jobs over seas. until people can figure out that this experiment in supply side trickle down economics has failed 98% of the people in this country things will just keep going down hill while the rich and large corperation ride the gravey train at the exspence of this country and its people. this republican party is stomping their feet because they want to go to war with libya (which a no-fly zone is a war) like we have such a surplus of tax payer money to pay for it. here is a good idea for wisconsin people all non union goverment workers loose all of their benifits give back 15% of their wages and get no wage increases for the next 25 years!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Debbie

    With public education budgets being slashed across the country and teachers being unfairly vilified, a guaranteed education will become a thing of the past very quickly. Teachers are leaving public education and charter schools do not tolerate poor student performance. So if your kid is not up to par, there will be no alternative. That will leave America with a great deal of uneducated citizens. I wonder if winning a battle is worth the cost of losing a war.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      That's why we should teach our own children and keep them from being subjected to teachers foolish beliefs!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kris

      Micky, other countries are becoming more educated because their children are being taught by teachers, not by parents who dropped out of school at 16.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Debbie

      Mickey – I hope you are up to the task. For-profit education is going to cost far more than public education, and if the American taxpayer can't afford the latter, the former is far out of the question.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MXB

      Debbie, That's the whole idea. Have an uneducated work force and you can pay them anything you want. If they complain there will be thousands of other uneducated workers to fill that position for less money. Meanwhile, my family will live the "good" life.

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

      I've seen Mickys post guys.... I think he is a troll.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Edward

    I thought this was a fiscal issue, turns out that wasn't true. Well, this is a good way to get Dems ready for 2012, the economy will keep improving, Obama will be re elected, walker will be voted out and the unions will be given back their rights.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Toe

      Can't disagree more. President irrelevant is a joke and our country won't survive another four years of his incompetence. If your one of the folks that voted for a community organizer as our president than I'll bet your a union member too. The unions power over government in WI is OVER, It's about time.

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

    Blah Blah Blah!! Man up and stop your whining. Public unions are GOING to lose power over the taxpayers FINALLY. Welcome to the real world.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      If you think that Unions are going to end you are sadly mistaken. All you've done is create a war you are SURE to lose. Taking away workers rights with an election looming ... suicide.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      yes but edward if the unions are push to the brink then the democrats won't have the funding to compete!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      Of course as with all propaganda you are wrong. There are hardly any union workers left in this country that aren't working for the gov't anymore. At least private sector unions are negotiating with private companies. Public employee unions take from all taxpayers.

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

      They won't be pushed to the brink, Democrats were blind sided on this but are on guard now and the public is on the side of the workers.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Socrates

    MICKY MOUSE THAT CONFIRM WHAT I JUST SAID!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      I HATE WORKING PEOPLE !!

      well I am one, but who cares I only want to please you

      March 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Someone

    HOW IS IT POSSIBLY LEGAL TO CALL UNION BUSTING NON-FINANCIAL!?!?!?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Edward

    Legally the only way walker can pass this bill is if it's not a financial issue so the idea that it's a financial issue was a lie. It was never about the budget. If it is a financial issue then this bill will be challenged in court because it cannot be voted on if it is a financial issue.

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

      yes but even so this will sit there for years till the courts resolve it what do teachers do until then?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      I don't know but the conversation in the media will be GREAT for democrats. Republicans vs working Americans in an election year?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      definately obama looked good to win in 2012 before this but now...

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

      Get real jobs....

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

      Sorry Edward but I doubt it will fly. Most Americans don't identify with pampers public employee union members. Many of what you call "Working Americans" would be happy to have those jobs.

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

      I dont wanna go to work tommorow I think I will just stay home I dont like whats going on there....... like the wisc dems senators hahaha that was so silly I cant believe they think they can pull such shenanigans and expect the republicans to just sit there day after day and do nothing. I wish these protestors (teachers) were as determined as they are protesting to teaching kids and raising test scores and such dag on wisconsin would be the best educated state in the usa.........but looking at the facts wisconsin education stats really suck!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Have you seen the polls? Americans are on the side of workers right to organize and bargain for better wages. Have you seen Walkers poll numbers? Come next election he is out. I do hope that Republicans keep over reaching though.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kris

    Have any of you who are applauding this read Gov. Walker's budget summary? He plans on cutting $2 billion from the budget by: 1) Making a small dent by having state workers pay more for benefits, 2) Reduce how much money the state provides counties and cities to assist with road repairs and police assistance, 3) Prevent property tax increases. 4) Give tax breaks to corporations, and my favorite 5) SPEND A LOT OF MONEY on things the state doesn't need. So there you have it, spend more, cut taxes and everything will be fine....wait....isn't that what Republican politicians have been doing for decades?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      STOP IT YOUR KILLING ME HERE!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Main Event

    this is what dumb people get when they vote for dumb people... or even worse dont vote at all... I don't believe the democrats had a right to walk out in the first place... If Wisconsin didnt want this to happen they shouldnt have voted these people in office.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Someone

      yes isn't that still democracy them using the only tool they have to negotiate?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
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