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. George Washington

    It really is a shame to see that every politician out there has an agenda to fill. On both parties, Dems and Reps. My only hope is that this can be solved peacefully with civilized debate and that we need not resort to violence.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Name*AF

    A sad day for democracy in America. Another strike against workers so the rich can get more unneeded tax cuts.

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

      You mean sad day for Democrates

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

      You mean sad day for Democrats

      March 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEFFREY

      lol yes a sad day for democrats and teachers but a great day for the rest of the state!!!!! haha

      March 9, 2011 at 9:12 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    Congratulations to the people of Wisconsin for trying to fix their budgetary shortfalls. Hopefully the federal government can learn to do the same. If the majority of Wisconsiners don't agree with Gov Walker, they should have no problem winning the next elections. But the Republicans gained a majority in 2010 elections, so they must have had some appeal.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Walker did not run on destroying unions. Have you seen his poll numbers? Stop congratulating the "people of Wisconsin".

      March 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Fill

    I heard Detroit has some available housing...it's real cheap.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Socrates

    THE REPUBLITARDS DON’T WANT EDUCATION. IDIOCRACY IS THE NEW SYSTEM CREATED BY A COLLEGE DROPOUT, UNION HATER, DELUSIONAL...WAIT A MINUTE... ISN’T THAT THE DESCRIPTION OF HITLER?

    GO MORONS GO, DOWN WITH EDUCATION!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. americaprivat

    to the teabuggers: if the 9 cents each of you pay per month to unions is so disgusting to you, you can sell palin's book on ebay and recover that for a year, maybe. if the 4 cents you pay per month to NPR is an outrage to you, you can get it back by not buying .0001% of what you paid for your cable bill.
    or, if you wish to support education, the arts, police and firemen, you could just eat it.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MI Teacher

    As a former (1 year) Wisconsin teacher, and now current Michigan (my home state) teacher, it is a sad day for the state of Wisconsin. A lot of you, mostly GOP and low income, bash the job of teachers. YES... Teachers do have it better than a lot of middle to low class income families, and Yes... Teacher do make 50,000+ after 25 or more years in the profession and usually a Masters degree and 18 additional college credits, and YES... they do have good insurance and get the summers off. These are all perks of the job that AFTER MANY YEARS make the amount of education and training worthwhile. As a new teacher let me explain to you what I made in WI... I started at $28,000 a year with a $500 copay on my insurance that I chipped in 10% a month ($100) to. I took home... after taxes, union dues, insurance co-pays, STATE REQUIRED retirement contributions, and others approximately $750 every two weeks. That equals a total of $1500 a month take home pay, less your rent, car insurance, etc... Ultimately, what this means is that teachers (especially new teachers) struggle just like every other middle-class person in WI. Collective bargaining isn't just about $ (as many of you make it seem) its also about security and working enviornment. Do you know why your class sizes are small in WI schools? Do you know why 25% of WI's operating schools are under 400 students? Do you know why school districts have shortened Christmas breaks (to accommodate working parents and reduce their day care costs), do you know why teachers stay after the school day for parent meetings? There's a lot of things within a school union contract, such as lay-off protocols, that work to protect a teacher in an enviornment that changes each year based on state spending. I can say today that I'm glad I left Wisconsin and also that its said that in the last few weeks 50% of the education majors with the UW system have switched majors to other careers. You are about to reap what you sow WI... Oh yea, about that law preventing teachers from striking, YOU JUST THREW THAT OUT THE WINDOW... WITHOUT COLLECTIVE BARGAINING YOU'LL HAVE TO FIRE THEM IF THEY STRIKE!!!! STRIKE TEACHERS STRIKE!

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

      Looks like all the liberal teachers in Madison might be looking for work then.... There is plenty of young, bright teachers who will be more than happy to replace them.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • MI Teacher

      Yea.. young, bright, and definitely second best.... Hence why they're not currently employed... You can't honestly tell me that schools hired the 2nd or 3rd best before the "young, brilliant ones" right?

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

      I AGREE, ALL THE TEACHERS IN AMERICA SHOULD GO ON STRIKE NOW.

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

      YES!!! STRIKE TEACHERS STRIKE!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Micky

      No they keep alot of the old lazy ones, union says so

      March 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. to each

    I was in a union once. I busted my hump doing that job while the dolt next to me did everything he could to stay away from his work station. When he would get busted screwing around, he would simply get the union steward to "handle the problem". The guy was worthless and the company couldn't even hire a decent worker to replace him, because the union kept him from getting fired. Its that kind of union crap the country can do with out. On top of that, the union used my dues to support the drippy Dem candidates that were union supporter. I am not a democrat and could not say a word about how my money was getting used. Good riddance!!!!

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

      WHY ARE YOU LYING??

      March 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • to each

      @ socrates

      Anyone with an opinion that differs from your is a liar, huh? Typical dem, liberal tripe. It's funny that now I work at a job where I compet@tively bid for projects, and the union shops hate us because we can do the job so much cheaper than them. So, they go make a law that public bids must adhere to a "prevailing wage" so that even they can compete. It does absolutely nothing except make everything that cities and municipalities build that much more expensive. You and I pay for the higher costs of these projects because the city and muicipalities must tax to get the money for the projects. YOU SIR, ARE AN IDIOT!!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Wayne

    Any chance CNN could find anyone on the other side of the union debate. Amazing there is no opinion from the other side. Personally my experiences with them have always been bad. They have gone to far. And now they want to step back. This has been coming for a long time.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JEFFREY

    maybe the state can get some extra income by taxing some of that CHEESE..........I see they like WINE with all that cheese

    March 9, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fill

    Since when are union members representative of all "the workers".....

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

      YOU ARE RIGHT...ONLY THE SMART WORKERS

      March 9, 2011 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abbey

    People do realize that without the teachers that taught the majority of this country, they wouldn't have been able to achieve such great heights and acquire such high paying private sector jobs. Right? I just don't understand the ignorance so many people obviously maintain.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      You're right that education is critical to success. Then why not eliminate all public education, return our property taxes and let us pay for the education ourselves. Govt could provide voucher programs to allow lower income kids to attend higher priced schools. Then, teachers would be paid based on how they are valued rather than have their pay be a political decision. I suppose you support that then?

      March 9, 2011 at 9:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JEFFREY

    Whine and cheese go good together lol

    March 9, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Wayne

    Tax breaks to business insures they stay and don't take their business else where. Why do you think business is leaving Illinois? Liberals why is that to hard to understand? Another thing is why do you libs think all the new high paying factory jobs, being outsourced from other countries to our country, are being built in the south? No unions to kill the plants by making them unable to compete against worldwide business and forcing the company back over seas.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. els

    short sighted and about to be recalled. check out the totals for walker's at united wisconsin–only three weeks old. have to wait till he is in office 1 yr to recall.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
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