State Democrats absent for vote as Wisconsin budget protests swell
February 17th, 2011
04:33 PM ET
12 years ago

State Democrats absent for vote as Wisconsin budget protests swell

(CNN) - Sixteen Wisconsin state senators - 14 of them Democrats - did not appear at the capitol Thursday for a scheduled vote on a bill that would strip teachers and other public employees of most of their collective bargaining rights and increase their contributions for benefits, lawmakers told CNN.

The bill cleared the Joint Finance Committee Wednesday night on a 12-4 vote and was intended move onto the state Senate Thursday for a vote, but the absence of so many senators left that vote schedule in question.


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  1. lurch

    Hey nini. Stop whatching glenn beck. And if unions r so bad why is Germary the best economy right now. Do your own homework

    February 17, 2011 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  2. New Age Independant

    It doesn't surprise me that the Democrats ran instead of doing their jobs. Their actions are irresponsible and only show that they value theatrics over everything. That union influences run far and deep within the Democrat coffers. A union used to guarantee that you got a "FAIR" deal as an employee, but over the years, they have become corrupt while bleeding cities dry.

    February 17, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  3. clogannj1

    Why is the governor afraid to bargain, negotiate with the residents of Wisconsin? What does bargaining rights have to do with balancing the budget? We have to be more careful when politicians mix government business with political agendas.

    February 17, 2011 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  4. Alistair

    This is the best news I've heard in a long time we must take to the streets to stop these corperate BLOOD SUCKING leaders out of our lives.

    February 17, 2011 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  5. clogannj1

    Would someone post a link to Wisconsin public salaries? They are public documents in New Jersey.

    February 17, 2011 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  6. Peggy

    It's all about the right to collective bargaining...not just a spin to protest money issues. Taking away the right to bargain language issues is a direct threat to all workers. Through negotiations we can and do make concessions regarding health care and pensions....Bypassing that to unilaterally strip workers of the right to bargain and require that unions be certified yearly is a direct threat to workers!

    February 17, 2011 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. duckbutter

    there is tons of folks who would love to have those teaching jobs....

    February 17, 2011 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  8. scott

    About time we kill the Unions, wonder why cars are so expensive, that is because Union Auto Workers get payed obscene amounts of money plus benefits. Never have belong to a Union, do not intend too. They tried to get a Union going where i work, thank God it was squashed. Unions were good in the beginning when there wwere no laws in labor, however Federal Labor laws are in place now to protect workers. Oh in ace anyone wonders, I make a good wage, have a nice Medical and Dental plan, as well as a 50% match 401K, all without a union.

    February 17, 2011 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
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