Wisconsin state Assembly passes bill curbing collective bargaining rights
March 10th, 2011
05:01 PM ET
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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. once upon a horse

    I bet all you guys crowing about the GOP winning a busting the unions have little ptoblem going to see pro sports......YEAH all those millionares have the WORST unions of all in my opinion yet we keep putting down bucks to go see them, and don't give me that crap about not buying tickets for a game, you watch at home on cable it's STILL not free. I would like to see the GOP go after those unions instead of the ones of the real working middle class folks, and I am NOT a big pro-union guy at all..I am pro MIDDLE CLASS from a family of educators.

    March 10, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  2. Sorensen

    Stop the talk.

    Start the general strike.

    March 10, 2011 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Chris Corcoran

    It is making me crazy when I hear Republicans say that the average pay of teachers in Wisconsin is $100,000, THAT IS CRAZY CRAZY NONSENSE. There are a small number of university professors in Wisconsin making that amount. No one is making this kind of money. They should be, but they aren't. And if this figure is coming from some wacky calculation that includes healthcare, then it's been generated by the perversely high costs of health care. Why doesn't Wolf Blitzer or anyone else question these figures. They've been made up! C'mon you shouldn't let these things slide. Our country's future depends on journalists keeping us all honest.

    March 10, 2011 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. TagURit

    Neptunerex – if they were there they wouldn't have had a say anyway...and they haven't had paychecks in awhile

    YeaTeam – the difference is the healthcare bill did change a lot in attempt to please "some" of the R's issues...this is a completely differnt then that.

    Redpill-If someone you care about is hurt in a crime you should pay all the fees to have the individual brought to justice because I shouldn't have to pay towards that either...I know that's a stupid comment but calling them mooches when most of them work their butts off is so nearsighted.

    David- that won't happen they have all the money and therefore all the power so who's gonna get their name and stuff out there to have a good shot against them

    March 10, 2011 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  5. Tom in Delaware

    Poor Democratic hacks posting on here either don't know the difference between a Public Union and a Private Union.....either that or they do know and are intentionally obfuscating so that they can act like they've been victimized.

    March 10, 2011 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  6. Sandy

    Finally someone has noticed that a need for unions today makes as much sense as a need for the horse and buggy. OSHA, a host of other governmental agencies, and attornies ensure safety and fairness. Good workers do better without unions; poor workers should be fired, not union-protected. Look at what has happened in Indiana since the demise of public sector unions – one of the few mid-Western states doing well and the governor overwhelmingly re-elected. Take a look at the facts, people, not your preconceived bais.

    March 10, 2011 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  7. michaelam

    Dedicated to all the Teahadists that live in our "free" country: Hope you lips do not tire out while trying to read!

    In Germany, they first came for the Communists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade (Public Sector) UNIONISTS
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade (Public Sector) UNIONIST.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

    Then they came for me —
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.

    ---Pastor Martin Niemöller

    March 10, 2011 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  8. Fred In LA

    This is a great day in American history. Yes, there was a time when Unions were extremely helpful and beneficial to its members. Now they have become more interested in politics than the welfare of their members. However thanks to the unions we now have federal and state laws protecting workers rights. So what purpose do they really serve now? If you want to cry about something serious, cry about the massive health care plan that was passed before anybody had a chance to read it.

    March 10, 2011 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  9. John in Brooklyn

    The Republicans have been on an almost obsessive campaign to attack the American worker and, as a result, the living standards of every American....that is, except for the super-wealthy – a group for which they'd rather shut down the government than to touch their precious tax breaks and tax cuts on money going to trust fund playboys who've never worked a day in their lives.

    March 10, 2011 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  10. Billy

    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost."
    –Ronald Reagan kicks off his presidential campaign with a Labor Day speech at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, New Jersey. Delivered 1 September 1980

    "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."
    –Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933.

    March 10, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  11. kyle

    Looks like the GOPers and the clown governor are going to make the teachers pay for the tax cuts for the big corporations

    March 10, 2011 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  12. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Well a civil war is not far now . When you start taking peoples rights and oppress them you are waging war. No difference from lybia. The tea party claimed Obama was after peoples rights. They lied they were plotting to take our rights the whole time. Maybe Obama should have had death panels in the health bill and started with the non colored people organization I meant tea party. I say let's take away the old farts ss that I'm paying for.

    March 10, 2011 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  13. Indiana Voter

    Democrats forced Obamacare upon the nation, and so it is only fair that Republicans start busting unions. When Democrats are mad and upset, it means something good has happened to America. Way to go Gov. Walker. I hope there are other Governors that will bust up all those other crooked unions full of thugs.

    March 10, 2011 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  14. USTOO

    I wish we could get Scott Walker in Illinois, two percent income tax increase and no reforms. I think I will move to Wisconsin.

    March 10, 2011 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  15. Lisa P

    Every dollar earned by the private sector was made possible by public sector workers - we taught the bosses and their employees, do the research and run the libraries, enforce the contracts and the patents, maintain the roads, keep the water flowing, pick up the trash, put out the fires, make sure the environment is healthy and everyone is safe. This stuff that's being taken for granted isn't, as the free marketeers are about to learn.

    It's a sad time in Wisconsin, and sadder times are about to come. Our Governor is undercutting everything that has kept this state prosperous and livable, all in the name of (supposedly) creating jobs. Penny wise, pound foolish.

    March 10, 2011 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  16. Rickster

    This is good news to all the people of Wisconsin. Enough of teachers making $85,000 for 9 months of work. Enough of busdrivers making $150,000 per year. You want collective bargaining for public employees? You do realize that the "bargaining" involved is against you the taxpayer? In other words, any negotiating that the union is doing is against your wallet. Send all those loser protesters home. The only reason this is such a huge fight is because the unions are the democrats cash cow.

    March 10, 2011 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. Lynne

    Unfortunately, we can't say "sorry Wisconsin, you made your bed with Walker – deal with it" because what he is doing is representative of what the Republican party wants to do across the nation...make the rich richer and everyone else poor. So, those of you that are middle class republicans...get ready to join us poor democrats...because they don't care any more about you than then do us...if you aren't already rich.....YOU NEVER WILL BE if your party gets their way. you will be poor poor poor like the rest of us!

    March 10, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  18. B

    This is only the beginning folks, just wait until the GOP and Corporations totally OWN everyone in the country.

    This is an assault on the Democracy itself!

    Better wake up America..

    March 10, 2011 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  19. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Can't blame the republicans too much they are only fighting for what they feel is right. White superiority. I think they took Comedian Dave chappel to literally on his Clayton bigsby skit. " If you have hate in your hart, let it out. Whit Power"smh What a bunch of idiots. Before the teatards attack me with there false claims of fiscal responsibility. The wi senate stripped the financial aspect of this bill out. This was nothing more than a attack on union. How can you say its not.

    March 10, 2011 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  20. Son of CSM.Wiggins

    Rick mcdaniel Is a true independent whom I disagree with but I respect his arguments. He and I could pass a budget in wi that would work without stripping peoples rights. Maybe we should run for office and restore the American dream

    March 10, 2011 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  21. Ryan NC

    ...and this bill creares jobs how?

    March 10, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  22. admiral 149

    Live by the sword, die by the sword. The Unions have been in bed with Democrats Exclusively, and the Democrats are not in control right now. Cutting these unions back a little bit is long overdue. Just look at how these Union Members trashed the state house. I was amazed at the classless, crude, violent, and dirty language spewed by the union protesters. Those protesters are defiant, and just about as unprofessional as people can be. I think that union membership minimizes a person's stature and self control. Teachers who set an example of behavior like that should not be allowed in any class room. They have ll had their way for too too long.

    March 10, 2011 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  23. FIB

    Sort of a shame none of the union nfl players from Green Bay didn't show up.

    March 10, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  24. Four and The Door

    Bravo, Wisconsin Governor and Republican State Senators! You are doing your job in the face of a great deal of pressure, but the point is, you are doing your job.

    March 10, 2011 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  25. aaron in MN

    Gov. Walker did NOT run on stripping collective bargaining rights, period. The 14 democrats fled the state because the govenor was going against the wishes of the people. over 70% of WI agrees with the public employees. And all the haters of Obamacare, may you or someone in your family get sick and I hope it bankrupts you. I hope your child gets cancer and the insurance company denies them life. Maybe, just maybe you'll wake up. and for all the republicons calling the Dems and public employees "loosers", it's "losers" ya morons. Maybe you should have spent more attention in class. Getting your education from individuals with college degrees.

    Yes Dems spend. guess what happens when the gov't doesn't spend and the middle class doesn't spend? Recession! You no longer get wealthy. Oh wait yeah you do, you take 800 billion from the middle class. Losers.

    March 10, 2011 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
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