Wisconsin state Senate passes restrictions on collective bargaining
March 9th, 2011
07:35 PM ET
3 years ago

Wisconsin state Senate passes restrictions on collective bargaining

Madison, Wisconsin (CNN) - 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 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.

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  1. Edward

    So it's not about fiscal issues after all?

    March 9, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Patrick from Minnesota

    I sure hope these Republicans enjoyed their power, because they're toast in 2012.

    March 9, 2011 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Jatovi

    This proves it has nothing to do with the budget. He lied repeatedly when he said it was.

    March 9, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. John N Florida

    19 -14. Recall petitions on 8. Probable success on 3. New senate 17 -16 dems.
    This shouldn't last too long.

    March 9, 2011 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  5. kyrs

    Looks like he got what he wanted. The fall out is not going to be pretty.

    March 9, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. Scott

    What the gov of Wis should do is send bounty hunters to Ill and bring the Dems back in leg irons and handcuffs to the chamber, then vote. They remind me of whinny babies, give them all a pacifier. OH ya disband the Unions they are worthless, that's why this country cannot compete on the world market, labor and benefits cost to much. In case anyone wonders, I do not belong to union never had a desire to, the company I work for is non union, yet the pay and benefits are good.

    March 9, 2011 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  7. xavier

    Republicans have just made the biggest msitake tthey could have done. They voters will make them pay.

    March 9, 2011 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. flatbroke

    Passed it by stripping out the financial provisions!? Yeah, it's was aalllll about the budget deficit, right Scotty!?

    March 9, 2011 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. Kris

    Gov. Walker is a coward who should probably be on the lookout for a recall as soon as it's possible.

    March 9, 2011 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  10. Jeffrey

    Way to vote against your own interest. Enjoy the next 2 years of being lead.

    Didn't the Bible warn about the blind being mislead . . . oh no it didn't, it's just common sense.

    March 9, 2011 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  11. Inmyopinion

    They should have stayed and fought for it, Republicans stay and fight and usually they loose but they still stay.

    March 9, 2011 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  12. WiredweirdoinSF

    So what th;is means is that public employees can now choose whether they join a union and if they so choose the unions will have to collect their own due. Those horrible Wisconsin Republicans are actually giving people choices rather than having the corrupt union bosses dictate to their members and making the taxpayers collect the money for transshipment to the DNC.

    March 9, 2011 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  13. S. In California

    YOU get what YOU vote for. Live with it. Apparently, the democrats and mainly President Obama weren't doing enough for you so try it the republican way. Vote in haste – repent in leisure.
    Have a nice evening.

    March 9, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  14. Randall

    Way to go Wisconsin!!! The Democrats certainly cannot complain, as they chose not to show up for work. I guess shirking your responsibilities has consequences.

    March 9, 2011 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  15. Ron

    You reap what you sow! So many of you wanted to revolt against the President and Democratic Congress that you blindly voted for republicans. Well, you're getting what the "change" you were looking for. How do you feel now? Good news is that you can toss those bums out in a year...if they don't strip the right to vote from college students first. You gave up your rights to collective bargaining to show an interracial president you were mad at him. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

    March 9, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  16. fernando isaza

    It's about time the people who elected by the people of wisconsin do the jobs thay were elected to do. These democrats are being held captive by their union masters without even a care for the people of wisconsin who actually pay for those benefits . Good for the Republicans !!!! fernando Isaza

    March 9, 2011 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  17. Steve Jackson

    People in WI better get that walker out of office fast plus anyone ho votes on cutting any type of bargaining rights this is what happens with Republicans in control they will keep taking from the workers and put more in there own pockets we are all in trouble now don't wait to long to take control back

    March 9, 2011 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  18. beccaa

    Obviously he didn't think of this on his own or he would have tried it two weeks ago. Who's pulling your strings Mr. Walker?

    March 9, 2011 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Mike

    I have a thought. How can the state vote away union rights if there is a contract with the unions possibley for multiple years. I would assume the state has to abide by that contract or they are in breach of contract. Tell me if I wrong.

    March 9, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  20. T'sah from Virginia

    OMG – I cannot believe the RepubliCAN'Ts went against the people!!!!! Weren't they negotiating with the Democrats???? This country is in trouble!!!

    March 9, 2011 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  21. fayse

    In light of what has happened, I believe that the paper work will be filed as soon as possible for the recall of this Governor. Granted he has one year but, this will be one Governor that will be recalled. There has been too much publicity and he is toast.

    March 9, 2011 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  22. Tired of the nonsense

    This is just further proof that the GOP want a dictatorship, not a democracy.

    The greatest threat to our country stands behind the symbol of an elephant. Well, guess what? The American People never forget. The GOP must be voted out and true Americans like the Democrats must be voted into office if we are going to save this country from the disaster that the Bush Administration put us in and that the GOP wants to put us back in.

    March 9, 2011 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  23. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    So attacking public employees rights have nothing to do with the budget after all. 10% of all workers are union members, and the lying republicans say it is public employees caused the great recession.

    March 9, 2011 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. GI Joe

    We need to get rid of these governors that think they were selected as dictators. In fact, we need to get rid of all republicans to teach them a lesson. All they care about is corporate money for their offshore accounts.

    VOTE THEM OUT - RECALL THEM - WHATEVER !!!!!!

    March 9, 2011 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  25. James Farmer

    The Republicans have tested the waters and found a way to cheat the people out their basic constitutional right to assemble. I have supported the Republican party since 1978. I am now prepared to start a second American Revolution in this country. Will I be Paul Revere or will they call me a terrorist. I will let history be the judge. No Communist pig is going to take over my country. I took an oath to protect this country against enemies foreign and domestic, and I take that oath seriously.

    March 9, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
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