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February 22nd, 2011
09:25 AM ET

Wis. Dems not coming home, Walker’s worker cuts ‘nothing but a threat’

Democratic State Senators from Wisconsin remain out of town today, as they continue to put-off voting on controversial bill proposed by Gov. Scott Walker.

If passed, the bill would take away union workers' collective-bargaining rights and would require that they contribute more to their pensions and benefits packages. Republican State Senators are returning to work today and the Gov. Scott is urging Democrats to do the same. State Senators Glenn Grothman (R) and Jon Erpenbach (D) talk to T.J. Holmes about what's next for the Wisconsin state legislature.

Filed under: Economy • Education • Politics • U.S.
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. doris

    Don't come home. I am a retired teacher in NC – a right to work state. How dare the Republicans take aim at teachers, firemen, policemen, janitors, etc. I am beginning to wonder if the Republicans are losing their marbles. They are always on the wrong side of important issues.

    March 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm |
  2. MeLoN

    Unions only benefit lazy or inapt employees at the cost of everyone else.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:55 am |
  3. MeLoN

    The unions in the US are more of a problem than a solution.

    Nobody should be forced to join a union and pay union dues if they don't believe in it or if the union don't stand for what they believe.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:46 am |
  4. Mark

    I agree with Helen 100%. Chance and Duffy, you also better watch out. After the Republicans finish taking away the rights of the Americans, and giving their hard earned pay to the rich, they will be after you. People in other country's are fighting for rights, while the Republican's are taking rights away from American's.

    February 23, 2011 at 8:38 am |
  5. Eran Pierce

    Union ranks have shrunk to around 12% nationwide, and yet at every turn, Republicans are laying the blame for all budget deficits, both state and federal, at the feet of " unions ".
    In Wisconsin, the Governor and the Republican majority in the Legislature are attacking the teachers' union and public services unions to decrease deficits: in much the same manner that the President and the Democrat Legislature rammed through the Health Care and Stimulus bills.
    However much good that will do for their budget will not be huge (and many in the unions have agreed to pay increases in pension and heath care contributions), but, the insidious part is the concurrent attempt to eliminate collective bargaining for benefits. Collective bargaining is at the core of unions. Without collective bargaining, you are back to the company ( or government ) lording it over each individual as it was at the turn of the century. Dictating terms to desperate serfs is feudalism. Be careful what you wish for.
    Also damaging is the idea that those who want to opt out of the union, may. At the core of this is democracy itself. The idea of majority rule and all being bound by the majority decision is our foundation. If I, as a citizen, decide that I don't agree with how my taxes are spent, I can't simply opt out of paying them, nor can I disregard laws as I choose. We have free elections and majorty rule.
    These people are simply seizing this crisis as an opportunity to bust the unions.

    February 22, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
  6. Julie

    Well, seems like this will benefit many corporations.

    They can have complete control once again, like before unions took over. This means they can hire whomever they wish and at cheaper labor and no benefits.
    be careful what you wish for.
    The donkeys and elephants, I have always observed, they both supply an abundance of fertilizer, Elephants usually shed more.
    One has to really see who benefits which side the working man or big corps.

    February 22, 2011 at 2:56 pm |

    I find it incredible that a state Senator or any party would cowardly run to another state to avoid voting on any issue. It escapes all logic.
    Their despicable dereliction of duty will be written in the history books that will forever more put Wisconsin, the Senators and their families, in a bad light–a bad example–a bad idea.
    The question then becomes, whose idea was it and who is paying the hotel and bar bills?
    I hope the people of Wisconsin will rise up against such stupidity and that Governor Walker will dismiss the AWOL group without pay and without their vote!

    February 22, 2011 at 2:20 pm |
  8. chance

    The democrats that left should have impeachment proceedings started on them today. Fire all teachers who were off work more then one day. escort those teachers from the building with a police officer. Remove the democrats from senate and take the vote.

    It's simple really

    February 22, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
  9. Helen

    I believe the republican governors are trying to "bust" public employees unions. Unfortunately ,voters voted for republicans thinking they would help create jobs,not bust unions. So far, I haven't seen one job created by the republican party. They spin a good story and voters fell for it. Now voters are seeing what the republican party is all about. Certainly not for the US worker.

    February 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm |