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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    im thinking of moving to wisconsin now.......before this soap opera I just thought it was a bunch of green fields and cows and cheese and stuff.......but come to find out there are some folks with a backbone up there!

    March 9, 2011 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |

      talking about the republicans

      March 9, 2011 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benjamin J. Roethig

      So, your idea of a backbone is a dictatorship that loathes it people?

      March 9, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack Fields

      Can you explain how stripping middle class workers of their ability to have any control over their job rights indicates some level of backbone?

      March 9, 2011 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      Pzuma, my friend, many of those state workers are housekeepers, kitchen workers, nurse assistants, clerks, cooks etc., who have no college degrees and make considerably less money than factory workers and usually less than community workers–they have taken less pay for the health benefits. Compare salary and benefits–it's all public information–or maybe even read it in a book? Many state and Federal workers make less than private workers, they thought they were trading salaries for security. But hey, what's more secure than living in the new Communist State of Wyoming, where the Governor who kisses the asses of the ruling wealthy class is now gonna kick your ass?! Say goodbye to your mayor and all your elected officials! I wonder what that has to do with balancing your budget-oh wait....Nothing! I bet those little teabaggers didn't see this one coming! Rah Rah America, personal playground of the 400 and their Republican concubines!

      March 9, 2011 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • selene

      I thought all you Dems or Libs were all about PC.? So why are you using the term 'tea baggers'? We all know what that means. Talk about hypocrites and if there's one thing I can't stand is a damn hypocrtie. So my response to all of you is..."To hell with you."

      No it's not just your usage of the term, which is disrespectful as hell and you bloody well know it. It's what you've been doing. It's all fine and dandy if you pitch a fit, but not so if the other side does. My hubby has called me a liberal for yrs., to this day he still does, but thanks to all of you twits I've gone to the right wing side of things. Yep, keep it up. The more folks know about you the more they will open up their eyes and fight back. No longer will they be the silent majority. May your agenda go down in flames.

      Have a nice day. 🙂

      PS. Jeffrey.

      I agree with you. All those others fussing just gives me chills up my spine. This is the first time I've read "liberal" sites and it has totally boggled my mind. I've heard how bad they were but never seen or read it first hand. Good Rush right?

      March 10, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • No sign of justice. No liberty

      You must be some kid still living at home.Taking money from union workers is gonna balance what ,I'll tell you nothing.What are you people gonna do when you see the repeat of history .Hilter once was liked and looked like he was doing something good for his counrty in the beginning and look how that turned out in the end.The people got a day off before finding out their lives were all headed for the crapper .Wake up people the BOBOs who are running OUR COUNTRY are messing it up beyond repair everyday.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      @ No Justice no liberty. Any arguments of yours is hearby null and void by the invocation of Godwin's Law (go wiki it)

      Unions in the past have done much to improve the working class benefits and protection. The problem now is Unions go to far in in what they push for benefits to the point it crushes a business chance to be viable. Look at the auto industry. Arguments from the Unions to have Viagra covered from some articles report. Really? I think it terrible what he has to do but does he have a choice? My job has had reduction in benefits, pay freeze at all levels. I haven't had a pay raise in 3 years. Does it suck, YES. Guess what, the business itself is recovering and they avoided the need of layoffs. Concessions at times are needed from the workers to keep a business alive. A union is counter productive in that respect.

      March 10, 2011 at 5:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @ Mike yes let us look at the Auto industry. Let us see, the Ceos make 400,000,000 and the workers have to give up benefits. gee what is the imbalance here. The ceos and boards think it is ok. Why take bargaining rights, it does not balance the budget. It just takes away rights. And my question to you is, is the govenor and his cronys giving up their benefits? He wants to balance the budget so badly. Give up your pension Walker, put up or shut up. Where is his sacrifice. Why did he give that tax cut to the Koch Bros.? Why give any cut to a rich person and make the unions pay?

      March 10, 2011 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
    • MikeR

      Jan.......the change in the collective bargaining will have no effect whatsoever with salaries. That remains the same now just as it was a year ago. What's changing is the benefits and healthcare. Wisconsin simply wants the teachers to give back a little but they say NO! They want everything free. Not one dime is put forth towards their benefits from their pockets and it's costing Wisconsin out the behind. We the tax payers do it. Here are two very interesting articles.

      March 10, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |

    somebody please ask charlie sheen what he thinks of whats going on in wisconsin.......we need an intelligent response to the situation haha

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

      Well, we certainly haven't had one from you!

      March 9, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |

    honestly why would anyone wanna be a teacher in wisconsin anyway

    March 9, 2011 at 9:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • RationalShaggy

      That is kind of the point, kid. Why indeed would anyone want to be a teacher in Wisconsin now. Doesn't that seem like a problem? If nobody wants to be a teacher, who will teach the kids? Or isn't education a civil right anymore? They are putting one of America's greatest accomplishments at risk by dumping on some of the most underappreciated civil servants in the country.

      March 10, 2011 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  4. AnE

    Wisconsinites...... Can you say GENERAL STRIKE??? MAKE IT HAPPEN!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Pzuma

    Thinking because you are a teacher or a police officer you are better or deserve more " than a factory Worker" you deserve all that is coming to you. Now you can see why the "common blue collar worker" has no respect for you.


    Mike, when I was looking at state jobs, the starting pay was $12.00 an hour, and it was less money than the $41k job I had just been laid off from. $12.00 is not much more than $9, even if that is a realistic number. Oh yeah, by the way, if that person had the education to work at a job that made more than $9 an hour, they probably wouldn't work at that job. Comparing a teacher or a police officer to a factory worker is silly.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fred Bartkowski

    No sign of justice. No liberty. The greed machine drives relentlessly FORWARD.
    Attention / About face / LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT...YOUR MAMMA.....

    March 9, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Fill

    Guess what! I got a bonus at work today for coming up with a streamlining method that cut costs so we could make our product more affordable to our consumers that continue to carry a heavy tax burden..... How's your day going? Cheers!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff Frank - Ohio

    If your house is on fire, and the fire house is closed to budget cuts. Somebody victimizes you, and there's no law enforcement around except an answering machine to take your complaint. Your kids have to raise themselves because, you can't use the school as babysitters anymore. At least someone taking the initiative to balance Wisconsins' budget deficits, so this doesn't happen. If you didn't vote for a Senator to represent you, DON'T WHINE.

    March 9, 2011 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mhavis1

    let me see, where were all the protesters on election day? how did the repblicans get elected? If these union people had gotten off there lazy butts, they would not have this problem. next time vote!

    March 9, 2011 at 10:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim Davis

    FINALLY !!!!!!! Now let's see that Big 'Ol Republican Machine continue untill every Greedy Whining, Self Serving, Union Loving Public Servent does not make MORE than the rest of America, doing the same job.. If You won't play FAIR, FIND ANOTHER JOB !! YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN US!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • No sign of justice. No liberty

      I bet you dont work have insurance and you live at home.

      March 10, 2011 at 4:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. amazongirl

    Awww, YEAH! Who here remembers Democrats acting as though the health reform battle was over, only to pay for it later during the mid-terms? Yes indeed Gov. Walker just handed the Democrats an early Christmas,with middle-class outrage that's CERTAIN to burn white-hot till 2012. All you tea baggers think YOU wanna push a "repeal" agenda? You think that "shellacking" that lost Bush both houses of Congress and later cost the GOP any HOPE of keeping the White House was bad? Juuust you wait.

    FINALLY my fellow liberals are waking up. Before, it took the GOP getting so corrupt they had guys offering gay $ex in airport bathrooms. Then they stoked liberal rage by getting over 4,000 troops KILLED in Iraq and torturing people. Now they've got every public union worker from cops to teachers ready to raise hell, and every tax cut for the wealthy from now until 2012 will only make things worse. Oh, and if Gov. Walker FAILS to solve the debt problem even AFTER this...he may as well pack his sh– before his re-election campaign even starts. That goes for other RepubliTARDS as well: After all this, you BETTER get those debt problems solved. If all you've got to show for your time in power is nothing but more tax cuts for rich people, crazy abortion bills and bigoted hearings about Muslims, get ready for liberals to BLITZ the next wave of elections.

    March 9, 2011 at 11:10 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jenn

    I am a firm believer that if you are paid to do a job ~ then you MUST do it. I also agree that the Dems left town to prove a point (as many Republicans have done in the past). But there comes a point where you HAVE to come back and vote NO if that's what you believe. That being said, I am TIRED of the Government constantly cutting our services ~ Teachers Wages, Fire and Police departments or raising our taxes in order to Balance their Budgets. How about those running our Govt take paycut instead on continually giving themselves raises? I'm certain that if both parties in this situation, as well as the Governor, took a 10% wage cut they'd have no problem making ends meet.

    March 10, 2011 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. ed bailey

    Fat chance in hell the fat cats will cut their fat, we have to do it. This is way over the top. Kick them OUT NOW! The GOP has a slight issue. Their only supporters will be hannity and tubby Rush, sorry forgot the king of mean , watch em bleed Rowe!

    March 10, 2011 at 2:13 am | Report abuse |
    • selene


      I've heard about how hard core you lot are but didn't really believe it until tonight. OMG!!!!!!! Rush was right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      March 10, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  14. No sign of justice. No liberty



    I've heard about how hard core you lot are but didn't really believe it until tonight. OMG!!!!!!! Rush was right!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Listening to Rush will rot your brain

    March 10, 2011 at 4:08 am | Report abuse |
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    March 10, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
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