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. crowdecker

    when the unions are all gone then watch the pubs shake things up...people making two dollars less that union pay will suffer the pubs pushing the pay scale way back ....just wait .......

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ProperModulation

    WOO HOO!!! The gravy train has come off the tracks!!!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Zaggs

    Good for them. Just like the ones in the White House the Dims in wisconsin were disingenuous. They constantly decried Walker for not negotiating when low and behold Walker was negotiating.
    What liberals should realize is that this country is a representative democracy. When those representatives as duly elected by the people willfully refuse to do their jobs, that ends democracy. The democrats played against democracy, and they lost. They knew this was an option as the union portion of the budget repair bill was not budgetary and therefore did not need a quorum of senators present to take a vote on. Yet for weeks they ran and hid. Walker tried to negotiate and all they would do was lie and said he didn't. Reap what you sow.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny_b

      So will you and all the republican taxpayers with your shared beliefs. Good luck with getting to work when your daycare is rightfully out on strike. I don't know of a single teacher getting wealthy on insurance benefits and pensions.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      Daycare? My wife takes care of our kids – the way it should be – she's not a greedy public employee!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. James

    This is the fault of the Dems. Walking out is NOT the solution.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Going John Galt

    Yes jon from nj....DEMOCRACY!! Just because you don't like the results doesn't mean that there was anything improper about this proceeding. Now, let's see if the unions can be civil about it or show their true colors and tear that state apart.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. DWS

    Thank you WI! It is about TIME that public employees recognize who their ultimate employers actually are – namely the taxpayers. I respect good work, believe in fair pay, and so on....but I also believe in FAIR TAXATION, and in tough econonmic times it makes NO sense to tax me inordinately to provide a pension to some desk jockey (note, I exempt police and firefighters from this – they should not be unionized, either, but deseve every dime they get).

    We are plainly and simply tired of being RIPPED off by clowns, drones, and useless bodies doing nothing but moving OUR money from MY pocket to someone else's.

    You know, charity is a wonderful thing. However, stealing FROM me at the point of a gun (or the threat of prison) to GIVE it to someone ELSE is not charity....it is blatant theft, and abusive theft at that.

    Good for you, WI Repubs, shame on the Donkeys for refusing to stand up and vote!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. socal frank

    the pus bag runneth over.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mosquito Valentino

    Honk honk! At least they're earning full wages(THANKS TO TAXPAYERS!) living in a hotel in Illinois!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cut Waste

    It's about time! State unions are a joke, it's the taxpayers money to behin with. If this was private industry, great, I agree with them. However, what a duck blind has been pulled over the american taxpayer! Cut them all.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim

    Yea! Guess the Dem's screwed themselves! Should of stayed home and done their jobs!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bruce

    This will not be over. WaIt till the next election. The majority will be democrats and they will pass a bill to reverse this action. We have not seen the end of it.

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

      You think? I expect the fine people of Wisconsin that elected the Republican Gov. and legislators that patiently waited for 3 weeks to get past this issue will be much more PO'ed with the coward Dem. senators that left tha state. I'm glad that this issue is resolved and we don't have to hear about it on the news anymore. If I were from Wis. I'd be embarrassed by the crowds at the capitol and the legislators hiding out, not those who finally figured out a way to do their job.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. B

    AMEN... Unions are nothing but corrupt goons. I am sorry, but it shoudl not cost 100/hour to plug a computer into an outlet at a convention. There is no reason a roofer should be getting 60/hour in benefits. Government jobs should not be a golden egg in terms of pensions. Its all one big freaking ponzi scheme, but legal.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dave C

    Power to the taxpayer!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred

    YEAH !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    SCREW THE UNIONS !

    March 9, 2011 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bridget

    WI Republican reps just showed their true colors. They care nothing for the regular people/citiznes of their state – they just want to please their high corporate donors. Vote them out!!!

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