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Union Reform Bill Approved By Wisconsin Senate

March 14, 2011 by  

Union reform bill approved by Wisconsin SenateWisconsin's Democratic State Senators went into hiding three weeks ago in an attempt to prevent Republicans from reducing collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Their protests proved pointless on March 9 as Senate Republicans passed the controversial measure.

The provision that strips most state workers of their collective bargaining rights, which is technically not a monetary item, was removed from Governor Scott Walker's budget proposal. Thus, the quorum requirement to act on the bill was reduced and the 19 Republicans went ahead with the vote, passing it 18-1.

According to media reports, the State Senators who fled to Illinois condemned the move, as Mark Miller (D-Monona) claimed that Republicans "undid 50 years of civil rights in Wisconsin," The New York Times reported.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) said it was the Democrats' unprofessional behavior that led to the 19-member vote.

"Don’t let their complete absence fool you; the Senate Democrats forced that vote yesterday," Mr. Fitzgerald said in a statement, quoted by the news provider. "They forced it three weeks ago, when they abandoned their jobs and fled to Illinois for a long-term vacation."

The Wisconsin Assembly, which is led by Republicans and does not have a quorum dilemma, is expected to approve the collective bargaining measure. 

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  • jopa

    Three weeks in a hotel is no vacation even if it is in the Bahamas.There is no place like home and when the Democrat Senators came home they received a heroes welcome.Now the process is underway to dump the republicans that have more than a years dis-service to Wisconsin workers and the working men and women of the state will begin to smile again.It won’t be until next January when Walker will be eligible for his walking papers and the the workers of Wisconsin can go back to Madison and sit in the shade of a palm tree and say God Blessed America.

    • Smart

      Sorry to be the one to tell you but you’re clearly retarded. You support people that walk out and hide from the process? I don’t care either way the result of the vote and i’d almost say that Republicans should teach the democrats a lessons but no reason to sink so low when they have nothing years of honor and integrity behind them and the typical cowardly democrats just hiding or ignoring problems.

      • Mike

        Wow, I can smell the hate. Always a kick to see a tool calling someone retarded.

    • coal miner


      The answer to this is really obvious: Walker’s intention is to bust the union. It really has nothing to do with “balancing the budget” in Wisconsin. Walker’s motives are really very obvious, because Walker is a liar. If Walker was honest about his motives, he would be looking better. As a conservative, he wants to neuter the public employees unions by allowing them to negotiate only for wages, not benefits or working conditions. This would effectively smash organized labor in his state. Walker can’t say out-loud that he’s just motivated by “union-busting” by the Koch Brothers who gave him money, so he’s pretending that he’s taking drastic action only because his state faces a budget crisis. But in fact, Wisconsin is in better shape than most states — or was, until Walker gave $117 million in tax cuts for corporations through the legislature, now controlled by lying Republicans.

      • coal miner


        Posted on Tuesday, March 08, 2011 3:51:54 PM by SeekAndFind

        In what may be the result of one of the great political miscalculations of our time, Scott Walker’s popularity in his home state is fast going down the tubes.

        A Rasmussen poll out today reveals that almost 60% of likely Wisconsin voters now disapprove of their aggressive governor’s performance, with 48% strongly disapproving.

        While these numbers are clearly indicators of a strategy gone horribly wrong, there are some additional findings in the poll that I suspect deserve even greater attention.

        It turns out that the state’s public school teachers are very popular with their fellow Badgers. With 77% of those polled holding a high opinion of their educators, it is not particularly surprising that only 32% among households with children in the public school system approve of the governor’s performance. Sixty-seven percent (67%) disapprove, including 54% who strongly disapprove.

        Can anyone imagine a politician succeeding with numbers like this among people who have kids?

        These numbers should be of great concern not only to Governor Walker but to governors everywhere who were planning to follow down the path of war with state employee unions. You can’t take on the state worker unions without taking on the teachers – and the teachers are more popular than Gov. Walker and his cohorts appear to realize.


        • http://?? Joe H.

          coal miner,
          what are all you doom sayers going to say if a couple of years from now the wisconsin budget IS in better shape??? you guys are gonna look kinda funny with crow smeared all over your face!!!

  • gus

    Wait and see what happens once the public employees get a paycheck without the uninon taking there cut and are asked to mail in a check.
    I bet a lot of them wont be so pro Union then.

    • boo

      Yea I pay $18 in union dues. Not a huge deal considering all they do for me… Maybe before you go opening your fat mouth you should do some research.

      • coal miner


        Way to go.

  • s c

    Let those elected Wisconsin criminals make it a habit to disappear when they have to make a decision. TAZATION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION is THE term that describes their traitorous behavior.
    Let’s be honest, folks. If you’re not around to do your ELECTED job, you CAN’T do your ELECTED job.
    If they’re not inclined to do their ELECTED job(s), then let the disgusting anti-American, sleazoid, worthless SOBs RESIGN. No self-respecting, rational adult can condone their behavior.
    Criminals protect each other. Those who put them in office and the douchebags on this website who support them are cut from the same diseased cloth.
    Tolerate them at your peril, America.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      I also heard there’s a group looking to start recall petitions on them as well!! Let’s see which ones actually get recalled!!!

      • s c

        Good, JoeH. They need a healthy dose of reality. It sickens me that people who think citizens work for them can get away with so much crap.
        At the same time, it’s time for PARENTS to rise and up and DEMAND that every “teacher” who abandoned Wisconsin’s classrooms be treated like the DIRT they are.
        How can ANY state pay high salaries to so-called “teachers” who teach whenever they feel like it? If it’s not covered in their contracts, then Wisconsin has RETARDS negotiating contracts for the state.
        Do you think Wisconsin’s students will do very well when it’s time to survive those tests? Screw high salaries. Fire the SOBs.

        • http://?? Joe H.


  • Ron

    As a retired former government employee I will be the first to say that unions have no place in the public sector. Gov. Brown put state employees into unions in his first term. During the next election cycle CDFEA gave $20,000 to Brown`s reelection campaign. As I was in total disagreement with everything Brown did I immediately did what I could to remove myself from the CDFEA. I became a non-member. What this amounted to was that I became a “fair share” person who paid $2 less a month because I was still being represented.
    Now, having said all that it is my experience as a government employee that these people have a lot of time to sit around and talk to each other and complain about how hard they work and how important they are and eventually they get to the point where they actually believe all that self important nonsense. I praised Reagan when he fired the air controllers and rather wish that he was still in office rather than the progressive moron we have now.

  • jopa

    Ron: It seems as though you have a personality disorder and are unable to function with others.Not everyone at all times will agree with you.I remember a time or two people on this site didn’t agree with everything I would say at first.Perhaps if you had some counseling you would be a little more cheerful.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      Hate to burst your bubble, booby, but I STILL don’t agree with you!! You seem to have a Napolianic type personality. Are you SHORT, as well???

  • jopa

    Joe H;You probably do agree with me on some points but won’t admit it.Am I short. Compared to some I am at 6foot 3 and does anyone call you little joe.

    • http://?? Joe H.

      At 6′ 2″ 225#, I’ve been called all sorts of things and none bother me much!! Of course, I’m not looking to line my pockets from somebodys hard earned tax money, either!!! No, I will never agree with a prog no matter how long I live!!

  • Kenny

    It’s way past time to ABOLISH these UNIONS and OBAMA TOO!!!


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