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Walker Signs Measure Stripping State Workers Of Collective Bargaining Rights

March 15, 2011 by  

Walker signs measure stripping state workers of collective bargaining rightsWisconsin Governor Scott Walker has signed a bill that eliminates most collective bargaining rights for State workers.

The legislation was signed on March 11, one day after the State Assembly passed the measure by a vote of 53-42. On March 9, the Senate approved the legislation after removing the collective bargaining provision from the spending bill, which allowed lawmakers to act in the absence of 14 State Senators.

"People spoke very clearly and very loudly [in the midterm elections] and said they wanted government to change here in Madison," said Assembly Speaker Jeff Fitzgerald (R-Horicon), quoted by FOX News. "It's a tough vote, but it's the right vote. People are sick of the status quo."

According to the media outlet, the Justice Department said that it was investigating several death threats that were allegedly made against Republican State Senators. Protests outside of Wisconsin's State House have become tumultuous in recent days, and former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin has placed the onus on union supporters.

The Tea Party favorite recently claimed that union bosses are spewing rhetoric that could lead to violence. In a February post on Facebook, Palin accused the union leaders of "fighting to protect their own powerful privileges and their own political clout," CNN reported.

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