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Wisconsin Governor Rejects Compromise Proposal Over Union Rights

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Posted on 22 Feb 2011

To end a high-stakes stalemate over union rights that has captured the nation's attention, a handful of Republican lawmakers in Wisconsin might have to stand up to their new governor.

Gov. Scott Walker made clear Monday he won't back off his proposal to effectively eliminate collective bargaining rights for most public employees. Senate Democrats who fled the state last week to delay the plan vowed not to come back to allow it to pass – even if they have to miss votes on other bills Tuesday. And union leaders said they would not let up on protests that have consumed Wisconsin's capital city for a week and made the state the center of a national debate over the role of public employees' unions.

Walker said on "Good Morning America" that there is "no room to negotiate" and rejected a compromise proposal from a Republican state senator.
Protesters who crowded inside the Capitol for a sixth day Sunday had a similar message. They hung a banner in the Capitol reading "Wisconsin needs 3 cou(R)ageous Senators," referring to the number of Republicans needed to join with Democrats to block the bill.


Larry Neilson  Feb 23 2011 12:26PM Report Abuse
Government workers DO NOT need union protection. Unions were designed to protect workers from for-profit captains of industry who were more concerned about profits than the welfare of their employees. People who CHOOSE to work in the public sector don't need the same protection. Politicians, Democrats, and Republicans need to be held accountable for negotiating fair agreements both short and long-term and not just when it's politically advantageous. Hats off to the Republican Governors trying to undo this mess, the hat goes back on to the 50 years worth of prior administrations, in all states, for mortgaging our future instead of dealing with the problem. I hope the current house and senate get a clue and don't end up doing the same thing with Medicare and Social Security.
Robert Taylor  Feb 23 2011 10:19AM Report Abuse
If the public would demand that the financial people, on Wall Street, who sold the pension plans the bogus mortages, be prosecuted and fined to help replace the money lost by these pension plans. These finacial experts, who caused most of our current problems have gotten off scott free and now the politicians, both Democrats and Republicans, that took money from these crooks are attempting to place the blame on the pension plans and the unions. The real culprits are on Wall Street still receiving large bonuses. Where is the public out cry??
Bruce  Feb 22 2011 12:14PM Report Abuse
The biggest burden on Municipalities and School systems is retirement and health packages property owners can no longer afford to pay for.
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