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Anti-Union Bill Passes Wisconsin Assembly

The Wisconsin Assembly voted 53-42, with only four Republicans voting against the bill, in favor of Republican Governor Walker’s extreme anti-union bill that proposes take away the right of unions to collectively bargain for benefits, hours, and working conditions. Governor Walker told the Associated Press that he would sign the anti-union bill, “as quickly as I legally can.”

Yesterday Wisconsin Republican senators broke Senate rules and Wisconsin law and voted in conference committee yesterday to take away collective bargaining rights of public workers. In the absence of the 14 Democratic senators who fled the state in a strategy the make Governor Scott Walker (R) negotiate with them, the Republican senators voted in conference to strip the House bill of its spending measures to bypass the Senate 60 percent quorum. Then the Republican Senators voted 18-1, with only Republicans voting.

Over the past three weeks, tens of thousands of protestors have been gathering daily in Madison, WI to protest the anti-union bill. A significant number of protestors have also been sleeping in the Capitol Rotunda.

Sources:

Washington Post 3/11/11; Associated Press 3/10/11; Feminist Daily Newswire 3/10/11

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