Thursday, March 10, 2011

Anti-Labor Vote Shocks Wisconsin

Republican lawmakers in the Wisconsin Senate have approved Governor Scott Walker's plan to curb the rights of public sector unions, prompting protesters to storm the state capitol.

In a hastily-arranged special conference committee, Republicans voted 18 to 1 for restrictions on collective bargaining by public employees that Walker has insisted are needed to help the state's cash-strapped municipalities deal with a projected $1.27 billion drop in state aid over the next two years, Reuters reported.

The lawmakers stripped out the parts that required the presence of their 14 absent Democratic colleagues.'


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