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. Confused

    So what about the bill, that specifically excludes police and firefighters, would affect these groups? The real complaint the Unions have is that they wont be able to collect their dues automatically. Unions will still be allowed to bargain over wages, but anything over inflation would have to be approved by the voters. Why is that a problem given we're talking about people paid by the tax payers.

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

      Cause that scares the hell out of the union and they tell their members it's about rights....

      March 9, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dockdabber

    Really dont see any difference in what the republicans did as the democrats ramed the health care bill up are ass without even reading it. Join the Tea party and show some balls.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jay

    To everyone on this board who think the Dems were incompetent, lazy, cowardly, or cheating the law by "fleeing" to Illinois, please realize this: There is no filibuster in Wisconsin. If they stayed and fought, the bill would have been passed the same day it was brought up, even if every Dem voted against it. By leaving the state, they were working within the legislative rules to stall the vote. It is very similar to a filibuster in the U.S. senate, which has been used by both parties extensively throughout history. Many, many congresses have "not done their job" by filibustering instead of allowing the majority party to win.

    All that being said, I'm totally against the filibuster and the WI law that allows senators to stall votes by being out of state.

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

      so.......whats wrong with a majority vote passing new legistlation that helps fix things in wisconsin?

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

      How does it help? It wasn't even part of the budget bill so how is this about the WI economy?

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

      time to conserve!!!!!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      How exactly does it not save the State of Wisconsin money?

      March 9, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Why wasn't it part of the budget bill if it's supposed to save money?

      March 9, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Adam Benedetto

    help people know what's going on! protests at the capitol building swelling now!. the republicans just passed the anti collective bargaining without the 14 democrats by making it a non spending bill. . Window above king street open and cops are letting people storm the capitol!

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

      Perfect. Here come the union thugs. So predictable. Thieves are always the same.

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

      AND THOSE NICE COLLEGE KIDS WHO HAVE NEVER WORKED!

      March 9, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • MidasJive

      Let's see how many millions of dollars it will take to clean the WI capitol this time. Go home people, go to bed, and get up and go do something productive for your self and society tomorrow morning. Stop trying to get something for nothing.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. 02bucs

    This is really a blessing in disguise. The republicans have showed who they truely care about and who they work for. They work for corporate America and the
    Koch bros. They won't win another majority in WI for decades, this will be overturned very shortly once all the recalled senators start being replaced.. They have awaken a sleeping giant. They don't care one bit about middle class America. Gov. Walker will be charged shortly with breaking campaign laws by using government office and soliciting money for his re-election, which is against the law. They have everything they need to prove it on tape, good luck in finding a jury that won't convict him.

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

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/rasmussen-poll-almost-six-in-ten-wisconsin-voters-disapprove-of-gov-walker.php

    March 9, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MidasJive

    All you people supporting Dems, Unions, and ignoring deficits are in for big surprise. In 2012, the Senate will have pickup of 8-10 Republican Senators, 20 more R's in the house and Prez. will be a R, too.

    Come on – how can you disagee with balanced budget, paying down the deficit and lower taxes?- See Dick Morris -REVOLT.

    Goverment can be hugely streamlined. – See Martin Gross- NATIONAL SUICIDE.

    Grow up, get a job, start paying taxes, then you will join our side, it happens to most Americans.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Republicans beat Obama is 2012? If the unemployment rate keeps dropping his is UNBEATABLE. It's at 8.9% right now. Also, you should probably work on a getting a nominee that can actually win first. Romney? Nope, won't even get out of the primaries due to Romneycare. Christie? Not running. Palin? Who's going to beat Obama?

      March 9, 2011 at 9:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      You don't know what you're talking about. The only reason the unemployment rate is dropping is that the labor participation rate has dropped to a 25 year low. People are dropping out of the workforce. It is a statistical trick that the govt may fool you with but won't be fooling the 18% that are actually unemployed.

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

      That's a lie but even if it were true most of the public only see 8.9% ... you know that.

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

      Sorry, it is not a lie and it isn't some fringe conspiracy. The BLS publishes these numbers on their website. Look it up. You're right about the public not knowing any better thanks to our worthless media and deceptive govt. Still, the near 20% unemployed/underemployed will not be fooled come election time as you suggest.

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

      Uh, real unemployment is almost 20%. We can't keep extending benefits. Get ready for the ol' double dip this year Edward, your boy is OUT in 2012

      March 9, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  8. MidasJive

    Did you hear about the White House working on a recall effort? Good luck with that. Like there are no other problems for Obama, like Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, New Jersey, etc. Ya'll must be proud.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. L64

    So is everyone ready to start teaching their own kids?

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

      might not be a bad idea.....looking at the education statistics for the state

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

      Clearly throwing more money at the education system, and continue to get declining results is the way to go.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      Give me a voucher for my share of my property taxes and I'd be happy to. Or, use that same money to find someone who will.

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

      AMerican children would be the worlds best educated if we did.
      But with unionized teacher we are dead last

      March 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ProperModulation

    Hey dummycrats!
    Its called WINNING
    DUH!

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

      they only know whining if they are not winning

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

    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/rasmussen-poll-almost-six-in-ten-wisconsin-voters-disapprove-of-gov-walker.php

    In case anyone missed it. I hope more Republicans attempt to destroy unions.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • JEFFREY

      it was either this or people getting layoff slips!!!!!!! which is worse?

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

    No its a victory for wisconsin
    And soon we will see a victory for all america as each and every state follow suit and does this and much more

    March 9, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      And then the middle class republicans realize you really don't care about them by your posts and they join the democrat middleclass and we the people start putting people in office that acually care about a working wage and hours to spend with our family.
      LOOK FOR THE COFFEE PARTY IT WILL UNITE US> I TOLD YOU THE TEA PARTY IS TOO FAR RIGHT-COFFEE IS JUST RIGHT> Community Of Family Friends Employers Engaged.

      March 11, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  13. L64

    Philabias, if you want your comments to carry weight you need to check your spelling. You are bashing others as having had bad teachers when you can't spell! Kinda funny, actually.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 02bucs

    This is really a blessing in disguise. The republicans have showed who they truly care about and who they work for. They work for corporate America and the
    Koch bros. They won't win another majority in WI for decades, this will be overturned very shortly once all the recalled senators start being replaced.. They have awaken a sleeping giant. They don't care one bit about middle class America. Gov. Walker will be charged shortly with breaking campaign laws by using government office and soliciting money for his re-election, which is against the law. They have everything they need to prove it on tape, good luck in finding a jury that won't convict him.

    March 9, 2011 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philabias

    edward i got bad news for ya!
    the unemployment rate has been revised to 9.8% because they have removed those who where unemployed more than 2 years ago. if you want to see the truth then you will find real unempoyed at 22%. just like double counting on obamacare, you can lie and use made up figures all you want. but it only makes you look foolish

    March 9, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Made up statistics. That is what you have done. How has the healthcare interupted your life or rights?

      March 11, 2011 at 12:23 am | Report abuse |
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