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. MarkPA

    Welcome to the FACIST States of America.
    "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 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • to each

      FASCIST is the gov't telling me that i must buy their healthcare or be fined

      March 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      The governor didn't do any of those things to the unions, did he?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • BeenWaitingforSanity

      I'm guessing millions of people in 1933 wish Hitler was ruthless like Gov Walker. Your own quote line shows how ridiculous the comparison is.

      March 9, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    The first shot in our next civil war.

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

    Evidently when it comes to taking away the rights of workers, Republicans will do anything it takes. People would be wise to remember what transpired here come election day next year!

    March 9, 2011 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Garyd2

    You can see what walker was really after now, doesn't have a thing to do with the state budget. When will the people of this United States figure out that the ruination of this country is the taliban republicans.

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

      Dems are bad people

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      Yes, it has to do with the budget next year, and the year after, and the year after, etc. etc. THere is a reason why most states don't allow collective bargaining of public employees.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kdm0828

    Lazy union workers get a real job where you have to earn your pay based on your performance, just like the rest of us!!!

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

    Wow. One thing you have to admit, Walker has got guts.

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

      I see that there are alot of useless losers hating on skilled union workers. Unions make employers VALUE their employees. Most of the people here who are against unions are more likely to be unemployed or low wage workers. Oh, I forgot to mentioned

      March 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scott

    At least the Dems can be happy that Obama is shutting down Guantanamo– are you knuckleheads liking that Peace Prize now?? is a GREAT day in America. You can't script this stuff!!

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

    Makes me want to vomit. Actually, it makes me wish deep, violent nausea and diarrhea upon each and every one of you who post here that this is a "victory" or that Walker is a "patriot". You think the UNIONS are fleecing the taxpayers?! He could have balanced the budget by NOT giving the tax breaks he gave to his big business pals the second he took office. Plain and simple. How come no one answers this charge, huh? Head in the sand? 'Cause I KNOW you're not all CEOs and Koch puppets. Hmmm?? Happy with your whacked out Gub'nor that he gave away all those millions? Really think it'll bring in a ton of business? Really think businesses are going to see this all in the press and think "oooh, goodie!! A work force and environment that is (now) amazingly upset at management... let's move there!"

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

      Maybe, just maybe instead of being upset you should get into a mood of cooperation in the effort to balance the budget and maybe, just maybe businesses will view Wisconsin as a place in which they would like to do business. No, you would rather strike. Go right ahead!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reply

      Didn't you know, actually caring about other people is unpatriotic. Caring only about what I get – why I can't get a better pension is patriotic. And being puppets for the Koch Brothers makes you doubly patriotic.... You might even get a flag pin and a bus ride from Americans for Prosperity... weeeee

      March 9, 2011 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Andrea

    Wait.... so they passed it by "STRIPPING FINANCIAL PROVISIONS from the BUDGET REPAIR bill"??? A "budget repair bill" with no financial provisions is NOT a budget repair bill!! This is outrageous!

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

    like the rest of us

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

      Union workers like firefighters? You couldn't handle that real job. They were marching into falling towers on 9/11 while you were hiding under your desk calling for someone else's kids to go to war for you. F. you.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      Teachers, police, and firefighters have real jobs. I'm sorry, what did you say you do for a living?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kenny_b

      Bravo Pat! I couldn't agree more.

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

      Couldn't agree more Pat, Sean, and Kenny_b

      March 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. OldDotte

    Democrats are just sore losers. Too bad they don't believe in democracy. In democracy you lose some and you win some, you don't try to shut down the game just because you don't score every time. Can you imagine how it would be if basket ball players acted like Democrats? They get behind, then run and hide in the showers. Meanwhile their fans rush the court and try to prevent the referees from calling the game. Shame on the Democrats!

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

      The republicans have proven to be dishonest...again. So sorry you like their dishonesty. Dosen't say much for you.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • pbd

      Thinker, what did they do that was dishonest? They are following the law.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Razor

      You don't shut down the game? Then why do Republicans in congress want to shut down the entire federal government?

      March 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • RufusVonDufus

      Because, Razor, they do not want the cowboy poets to get all of the money like Harry Reid does. Yea, you probably think Harry is wonderful, too!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dennis


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

    Who is 'more democratic:' legislators who vote on legislation, or those who flee the state to avoid voting?

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

      I agree... it appears as though the dems in wis. can't even do as little as thier leader. they could have stayed to vote "present"!!

      March 9, 2011 at 8:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wisconsin Taxpayer

      Agreed Rob. Though you probably just see the "sky is falling" crowd protesting on the evening news, the majority of us in Wisconsin voted Gov Walker in last November, and are happy to see him make a difference.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      What a hypocrite you are.. I bet you were all for the record number of fillibusters the GOP sentors invoked this last session.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Darren

    Dem you did the right thing...the conservative in this country have lost their minds...the only one they support are cooperation, lobbyist and big money. They are the lowest form of life, they serve only one God and that is the Gob of Power.

    March 9, 2011 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. KJ

    Now public employees will have to earn their living instead of just expect it. This bill will make them work harder. If you have to fear losing your job if you don't perform, it is motivating. Everyone should have to earn their keep in a job, no matter what the job. If I am paying someone to do something I want them to do an excellent job. If teacher's are paid for performing well, and we can weed out under-performers our children, and our country will benefit.

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

      Just what makes you think University Professor don't "work." Have you ever tried to keep track of a large class, giving each what they need. Try grading papers at night, because you're lecturing all day. Why don't you take a pay cut from an already low salary, and have everyone say you deserve it. Public misconceptions over public employees makes me sick. We're taking about educated professionals, not barmaids.

      March 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Silvio

      More unions will be created. I know some people who are getting organized in the Koch Industries. This s... is going to backfire big time. Republicans are going to be sorry for a long time.

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

      juliapurin, your elitism stinks to high heaven. A barmaid has more integrity than you do.

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