Wisconsin state Assembly passes bill curbing collective bargaining rights
March 10th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
4 years ago

Wisconsin state Assembly passes bill curbing collective bargaining rights

(CNN) – Wisconsin's Republican-controlled state Assembly has passed an amended version of a controversial bill that curbs the collective bargaining rights of most of its state workers.

The measure was passed 53 – 42 in favor of the bill.

State Senate Republicans approved the amended bill Wednesday night, despite the absence of 14 Democratic senators who fled the state to prevent a necessary quorum of 20 votes. The amended version stripped the spending components out of the proposal, enabling lawmakers to pass the measure with fewer votes.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign the bill into law soon.


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  1. moderate voter

    Wow those who voted for it will pay for it when it is election time again.

    March 10, 2011 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. David Scott

    RECALL ALL SENATE RIP-PUBLICANS FROM WISCONSIN. RECALL AND TAR AND FEATHER KOCH SUCKER Gov. Scott Walker. He is a lying, bigoted, racist piece of Palin's MOOSE FECES.

    March 10, 2011 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The gangster GOP and the republican culture of corruption is alive in Wisconsin.

    March 10, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Strike another victory for dictatorship in America.

    March 10, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    if the unions mainly backed GOP candidates like a lot of companies such as Big Oil and HC Insurance do...this bill would have NEVER even been created. To prove my point the police and fire departments are exempt from it......and guess who those two groups backed in the 2010 elections. If you are among the union and public sector workers there that were part of the "angry voter" movement last fall and voted these GOP jokers in office I have NO sympathy for you at all..you fell for the GOP plot of fear and mis-information. To the rest of you I say keep fighting. Personally I can do with or without unions, have worked on jobs that have and didn't them. But this is about more than that, it's about the middle class and us making a decent liivable wage and if you can't see that then enjoy the GOP Kool-aide you've been drinking.

    March 10, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    It is amazing that the Koch brothers have bought Wisconsin government. Now they will get the power plants in return.

    March 10, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  7. gt

    after watching how those teachers act the way they did at the state capital ... now i know why our students do so awful .....

    March 10, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  8. NYC REPUB

    Wisconsin......I know the recession was horrible......from 2009 – 2011 hs been crazy......But you let the GOP trick you into voting for them. Sorry.

    March 10, 2011 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  9. red pill

    Congrats to the Assembly for standing up to the mob. The moochers finally lose some of their ability to force everyone else to pay for their health care!

    March 10, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  10. MagicMike

    Always the working class making sacrifices, isn't it?

    March 10, 2011 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  11. ZipinSC

    Fascism at it's finest.

    March 10, 2011 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  12. GaryB

    And now we know for sure that it was never about the budget. It was always about busting unions, first in the public sector, then in the private sector. The end game... trust fund babies like Walker's masters the Koch brothers get richer and the rest of us - you know, the folks who actually work for a living - become their serfs. Welcome to the Republican New World Order.

    March 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  13. Hgp

    Before 'the boston channel' goes about a 45 second report on WI and the ILLEGAL act the Republicans took by not giving at least a 24 hour notice of an important vote on a bill, but all the Republicans knew it was wrong as does Gov. Walker's ridiculous indifference to his illegal act. Either say nothing about WI... or REPORT the NEWS as it really is... as you are seeming to sound like you agree with the Republicans there, the anti collective bargaining people who do not on not support the right to 'talk across the table', but don't care about working people... What's up with this 'slip it in piece of nothing' on WI. You are giving the general public completely misleading info, with no background. I thought I could expect more from you. Seriously disappointed... why not just keep in real local and forget a 30 or 45 second bit about anything having to do with Serious matters of each of our futures in the country, at once I was sure was a democracy.

    March 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  14. jerry

    This is much worse than 911, our whole democracy has been attacked, the whole country needs to stand up now and do what ever and I mean what ever it takes to get back our country. People like the Koch brothers should be brought to justice for the destuction and over taking of our goverment, media and courts. I think the middle class has a little more guns than the tea bag hags and when it comes to it don't be schocked when the crap hits the fan.

    March 10, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  15. I Was Dumb Enough To Vote For Jimmy Carter

    Public employee unions helped put Obama and his cronies in office. For that reason alone these unions should be busted.
    And they will be broken. Wisconsin is the fist battle in the war.

    March 10, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  16. YeaTeam

    Now the libs. know how it feels to have a bill forced through the back door. Thanks for teaching the Republicans how to play rough. Remember obamacare? SUX to be on the other side huh?

    March 10, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  17. NeptuneRex

    Shame that 14 senators were on a taxpayer all expense paid vacation during the vote, they could have been there to fight for the people instead of sipping evening wine in a 5 star hotel watching CNN news coverage.

    March 10, 2011 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Actually, Wisconsin education ranks first in the US, and does quite well internationally.( I think it is in the top five in the world) We are witnessing republicans making our country a third world country. It is so republican to support giving $800 billion in TARP so the people who caused our near depression would get millions in bonuses, and then go after those who get $51,000 a year.

    March 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  19. David

    "All that harms labor is treason to America." – Abraham Lincoln

    March 10, 2011 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  20. rs

    It is official now: By ending collective bargaining by public employee unions AND NOT fixing the Wisconsin budget, the Republicans have shown themselves to be in a state of open war with the middle class. They are simply using the budget pretense to enact narrow, ultra-rightist legislation against Americans in favor of business.

    They are toast.

    March 10, 2011 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  21. Tom in Delaware

    Horray! Now the incestous relationship between the Public Unions and the Demcratic Party has met it's demise.....now the Dems are going to have to get their campaign contributions the old-fashioned way....voluntarily....no more mandatory memebership in a Public Union just to do your job....no more mandatory dues....no more filling Liberal and Union boss's coffers with tax-payer money....let the domino's start to fall....a great day for the American tax-payer.

    March 10, 2011 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  22. NeptuneRex

    Hey WI, seen Obama around?
    "If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself. I'll walk with you on the picket line as president of the United States of America because workers deserve to know that somebody is standing in their corner,"-Obama
    Did not think so.

    March 10, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  23. rachel

    My state died today and republicans killed it.

    March 10, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  24. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The Koch brothers and their billionaire cronies, along with the Turd Blossom Rove, spent hundreds of millions to elect the knuckle dragging governor in Wisconsin.

    March 10, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  25. lily

    Congrats to Walker and the assembly for taking control. The protesters are sore loosers and bad sports. What does this teach our children, if you do not get your way you should act out and have a big TT! Walker was voted into office legally. He is doing what he said he would. I have to laugh at those bleeding heart liberals who like the feel good state of WI that delivers hand outs to all. We had better welfare so everyone came up from IL! Maybe the poor should move on to other states to be supported.

    March 10, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
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