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Thursday, March 10, 2011

Wisconsin Assembly Pass Union Bill

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Union Bill was passed by the Wisconsin Assembly:

"MADISON, Wis.—The Republican-controlled Wisconsin Assembly passed a controversial bill to strip nearly all collective-bargaining rights from the state's public workers in one of the strongest blows to unions in years.

The state Assembly passed the bill 53-42 a day after Republican senators maneuvered around Democrats to pass the legislation in a session that Democrats said violated the state's open-meetings law. Gov. Scott Walker said he will sign the bill as quickly as possible.

"I applaud all members of the Assembly for showing up, debating the legislation and participating in democracy. Their action will save jobs, protect taxpayers, reform government, and help balance the budget. Moving forward we will continue to focus on ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs," said Gov. Walker.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca said through a megaphone, "They have such little regard for the people of this state that they don't follow the rule," and he added, "We believe this law will not stand."


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