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. Jeff

    Excellent job, WI. Down with unions and their lazy members!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mikester

      Jeff, you are an idiot!

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

      Don't let the union goons bother you, Jeff. Keep telling it like it is!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. LovesAmericans

    Is Charlie Sheen part of a union? Most nuts seem to be.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • JamieHankins

      Actually, yes. He is part of the Screen Actors Guild.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Adam J. Bezark

      LovesAmericans asks: "Is Charlie Sheen part of a union? Most nuts seem to be."

      I guess so... if you count Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly and Glenn Beck....

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • oh and dont forget

      the Beloved One, Ronald Reagan, was the head of the Screen Actors Guild.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. The american-hispanic guy

    Bravo!
    Can someone give me a simple, logical answer: why do we need unions for government jobs anyway? Who are supposed to be the enemies (err, adversaries) of the public unions? The government (and thus, us, the taxpayers).
    You lazy people, do your job, shine on your own, you don't need a zombie union. If you are good at what you do, and always try to exell in your job, you won't need a stupid union, and you'll always be employed!

    Arriba la excelencia-individual, abajo las uniones!!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      why do people differentiate between unionized public workers and taxpayers. NEWS FLASH! public workers and unionized workers pay taxes! get a clue.

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

      You did just see what the GOP GOVERNMENT did, right? Your question answers itself.
      "We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison.
      We must reduce workers salaries and take away their right to strike." Adolph Hitler, May 2, 1933.....

      March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      Exactly. And not only are they bargaining against the taxpayer, they elect the very people who are supposed to be handling the negotiations- on BOTH sides. In private companies, the unions do not campaign for the CEO who will give them what they want.

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

      OK, here you go. The management side of any employer, public or private sector, is organized in the sense that the mid-level managers do the bidding of higher level managers. HR departments are shills for management. Employment "at will" basically allows employers to fire anyone for any reason. Bottom line: you can be the best person in the world at what you do, but your boss may not like you. Or too dumb (or corrupt) to even understand why he/she is in the wrong. Without a labor agreement, it's quite easy to find a reason to let an employee go. Those of you who believe performance is what assures job security, promotion, etc. are living in fantasy land. It's never what you know, it's who you . . .

      March 9, 2011 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Union workers are paying their taxes with taxpayers money, Jeff, and taxpayers are paying their taxes with their own hard-earned money! There is your difference!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fuzzy

    I hope by cowards you mean the Wisconsin democrats. They're essentially AWOL!! They're the ones who don't have the courage to show up for work!! If I didn't show up for work, I would be fired!!

    People talk about this as if it is an example of democracy not working. Quite the contrary, the people voted in more Republicans than Democrats based on their agendas. The Republicans have the votes to pass all of this legislation. The Democrats are the ones who are distorting democracy by "hiding out" in other states, not showing up for work, and abusing the quorum rule to prevent passage of legislation. The quorum rules are not in place to allow legislators to do this. They are in place so that legislators can't call a secret meeting with only select lawmakers to pass legislation. This is abuse!!

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

    Get rid of the unions, education and dentistry and pretty soon we'll all be the South.

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

      and we still won't be competing with .80/hour wages in China.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Thankful

    I'm thankful we finally have elected officials that will go after the corrcuption and waste that unions have fostered. Thanks Govenor Walker!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. shame on walker

    shame on walker – you ain't seen nothing yet jerk

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

      Here's hoping you are right, jerk!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Notice the comma, jerk!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Did you have a union English teacher, jerk?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JustSaying2U

    This victory by the Corporate Class will be shorrt lived. Just until the next election. Those they seek to defeat has been awakened to the destruction of the middle class, which is bein perpetrated by the like of the Koch brothers and assorted fascists.

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

    Somebody call the WHAAAAAAAAAAAMBULANCE for these crybaby dems!

    Want a hug?

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

      Wall st money grab on public employees welocome to the industrialized military state of America .

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mark

    If they fire gov walker and use his salary, that should reduce some of the debt.

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

      Mark, if they fired all the democrats and their staff, we'd really save some money!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joseph

    Folks supporting Walker and the Wisconsin Republicans – you do realise that this proves that this fight had absolutely nothing to do with the budget, right? You can have disagreements over politics, opinion and philosophies all day, but the fact is that the Wisconsin GOP has been lying about their intentions all along and has now shown their hand.

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

      Incorrect. This has to do with the long-term financial solvency of Wisconsin. FOR ONCE there's a governmor who thinks further ahead than the next election.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CMP

    The Democrats "fleeing" the scene is an embarrassment to the democratic process. Stay and fight, make your statement and take the loss knowing that you can come back and fight another day. But "fleeing" is akin to my 3 year-old stomping her feet and putting her fingers in her ears when we say it is time for the TV to be turned off. How can every Democrat in Wisconsin not be unbelievably embarrassed. Note – I am a Democrat in North Carolina and if those we Democrats in my region I would make sure they were not re-elected!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. BOO HOO DEMS! HAH!

    try showing up next time!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. NobodySpecial

    Oh, yeah, the GOP has finally nailed the last nail in the proverbial coffin to become fascists and Koch-suckers. The American people is going to remember this in 2012.

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

      Here we must have another union teacher educated moron! Yes, we is!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Typical union mind set and language! Way to express yourself and you are a nobody!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Darlene

    Dems and unionites that decry the GOP "getting around" the problem... where was your outrage when the dems shoved through the healthcare fiasco, debacle without any gop support? at least the gop stayed to fight it out. they may have lost the battle, but they were in the fight!!

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