Wisconsin Senate finds loophole to pass anti-union bill

File photo: NYSUT supporters rally at the Capitol in Madison, Wisconsin.

Reports are in that Republican Senators passed sweeping anti-union legislation Wednesday night by a vote of 18-1.

The language was lifted from the budget and sent to committee as a separate and distinct bill, which is why it was able to go to the floor without a quorum, effectively bypassing the 14 missing Democratic senators.

Republican Sen. Dale Shultz was the only “nay” vote.

The bill is expected to go to the floor of the Wisconsin State Assembly Thursday morning. If it passes, it will strip collective bargaining rights for public employees.

Remember: the language was removed from the budget bill.

As if to prove the point that this was never, ever about balancing the budget.

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  1. Tara Molloy-Grocki March 10, 2011 at 5:23 am #

    This is beyond appalling! I refuse to believe the fight is over. It just got a lot dirtier. We need to keep fighting.

  2. Betsy Sandberg March 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    This just in from Wendy Hord: Things are worse in Michigan.
    Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder introduced legislation that allows him to declare a local city to be in a financial emergency and appoint an emergency manager. That manager can, without anyone else’s approval, cancel contracts, including collective bargaining agreements, force consolidation of schools, townships, cities and counties and, unbelievably, unilaterally remove local elected officials.
    It’s passed the Senate and now goes to the House in Michigan.

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