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. Frank

    There's a lot of people who feel that unions are not good for this country and I'm one of them.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • usarnaem

      A lot of people in this country are grossly misinformed and mistaken about a lot of things, and you're one of them.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • MThom

      Ahh, unions, you have to love being able to bully and force salary increases in a down time while the rest of take on 2-3 functions and take pay cuts. Inefficiency at its best.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      I grew up in a union family and i worked for the united association and i left the union because it was the most corrupt group i had ever seen. we had federal auditors come twice a year and check the books on our retirement accounts because the last 3 officals stole our money and ran. i would never work union again. they will never take my money and use it to elect TRASH like obamanation, and as i said when i left the union...You are a dead end street and have nowhere to go. And america is seeing what i saw for years.So i hope this is the end of the most corrupt group of political activests in america. they even fight for laws that say only they can work and use trashy under handed plans to stop ordinary every day people from working if they dont work for them. if there is any shame in all this it is on the sellouts who allowed them to do this. DOWN WITH UNIONS

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

    Shame! Shame! Shame! I am disgusted that my government has turned against me.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Turned against you? Too bad. They did what they said they would during the last election cycle. If the "people" of the state didn't like their platform, they shouldn't have voted for them.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tony C

    Here is a big shout to Wisconsin Republicans and all Tea Partiers. Hitler would be so proud!! Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin
    outlawed unions. Sieg Hiel, Governor Walker!! You are Der Fuerher!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      You are 180 degrees off man. Read up on history.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      You must have been educated by one of those union teachers who dont have to be a good teacher just in the union
      But you really need to ready a little history. because your statement is boarderline lier or maybe you are just mentally challenged. either way you need a non union teacher who only keeps there job if they can show some sucess at there job. wow i still cant beleive your rant WOW

      March 9, 2011 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. LovesAmericans

    A victory for all Americans!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bill in North Carolina

    Hooray! Democracy at work! Now, on to Ohio, Indiana, and other states as well. It is about time for this to happen. The Republican Senators of Wisconsin are true Patriots!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |

      @Bill in North Carolina,
      Why don't you keep your nose in your own states' affairs and keep out of ours, OK?! Or do we Buckeyes need to stick our nose in your state affairs?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Independent, Critical Thinker...

    While not thrilled with the method, the outcome is the desired one.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WF

    Love it...just love it.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Amber

    What is happening to this country? I understand that people are jealous of those protected by unions, but this is detestable. Our teachers deserve every cent they make, it's so unfortunate how little education is valued anymore.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Why should those who don't have free healthcare and pensions pay for said benefits for others? It's not jealousy – it response to greed.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      most of our so called teachers should be fired. if i had there kind of success rate i would have been fired( and rightfully so)
      but no matter how bad they are they cant be fired. and this is why america scores dead last in international IQ testing
      a prefect example of why we need to end the unions, and hire teachers how can excel at there jobs and save america

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

    That's horrible... The GOP is wretched... Notice that they were able to do it because it dealt with the "non-financial" aspects of the budget – proving all along it had nothing - NOTHING to do with the budget. They just wanted to strip the unions of any power for political gain. I can't believe what is happening in this country. I hope they are all re-called.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      Conservatives as a whole – the politicians and the voters – have no credibility. They are liars who should never be trusted again.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Philabias

      NO CHANCE They unlike the dems did there job and did not run away. and as you will soon find out there are far more people who support them than supports the union. thats why they had to buy off the dems.which is why the dems are about to become an endangered specises come 2012. running away is the worst possible thing they could have done. It has shown that there loylities where sold to the unions and could care less what the people of WI want.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Richard

    Way to go! Unions are overrated. People should be ranked and compete for jobs on performance not tenure. There was once a need but that time passed a long time ago.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dr. Henry Jones Sr

    "My boy...we are pilgrims in an unholy land!" -Dr. Henry Jones Sr.

    "I am the senate!" -Emperor Palpatine

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. always amazed

    This will backfire BIG TIME for the WI GOP in 2012. They should be ASHAMED!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Big Toe

      Why should they be ashamed? The dems in WI have been caving to the unions long enough. Maybe the unions should have realized that eventually it had to stop. I am sure we can all give examples of abuses by public unions at the expense of the tax payers. It's the unions leaders that should be ashamed. WI's GOP are the winners!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kdm0828

    Way to go GOP! Hey libs, how do you like that when something gets shoved down your commy throats with no say?!?! Multiply this by 1,000 and you get the games pulled by the dems with the health care law, down go the unions, the first step to the recovery of this out of control spending by the libs!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. earl

    can we tame the monster?

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Sarasota, Florida

    The rich win again and the middle class get a stick in the eye.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • kdm0828

      Down go the libs and their laundried money from the provate sector, 2012 we finish cleaning the commis out of office!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • EWG

      What do you mean, the rich win again? I thought the middle class paid all the taxes (i.e. salaries of these union teachers), and the rich got the tax breaks. How could the rich possibly win if they aren't paying their fair share of taxes anyhow? Hmm?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dick Inhande

      Are you stupid or a troll? I can't tell.

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