Wisconsin Senate GOP Votes to Strip State Workers of Collective Bargaining Rights

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March 10, 2011

FoxNews

Bypassing Democrats hiding out in Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Republicans voted Wednesday night to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights.

Republicans voted 18-1 to pass the stripped-down budget bill in a hastily arranged meeting. None of the Senate Democrats were present.

The state Assembly votes on the bill Thursday.

All 14 Senate Democrats fled to Illinois nearly three weeks ago, preventing the chamber from having enough members present to consider Gov. Scott Walker’s so-called “budget repair bill” — a proposal introduced to plug a $137 million budget shortfall..

The Senate requires a quorum to take up any measures that spend money. But Republicans on Wednesday split from the legislation the proposal to curtail union rights, and a special conference committee of state lawmakers approved that bill a short time later.

The lone Democrat present on the conference committee, Rep. Tony Barca, shouted that the surprise meeting was a violation of the state’s open meetings law but Republicans voted over his objections. The Senate then convened within minutes and passed it without discussion or debate.

Spectators in the gallery screamed “You are cowards.”

Before the sudden votes, Democratic Sens. Bob Jauch said if Republicans “chose to ram this bill through in this fashion, it will be to their political peril. They’re changing the rules. They will inflame a very frustrated public.”

Walker praised the legislative action.

“The Senate Democrats have had three weeks to debate this bill and were offered repeated opportunities to come home, which they refused,” he said in a statement.

To read more, visit: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/03/09/wisconsin-republicans-plan-pass-budget-democrats-sources-say/#ixzz1G9jDxFuj

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Verus Langham says:

    And the loudest protests will quite naturally come from those AWOL representatives (of and for whom I might ask?) and their big-league cronies on the left in the Congress who summarily passed an unread document rightly named OBAMACARE while they held the reins of power… I say that Wisconsin has shown the way to defeat the machine that is well lubricated by those self-same pols in DC and bring true reform before the American voter in the form of what our Republic was founded upon – no, no, not a democratic government, BUT THE RULE OF LAW.

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