Yes, unions have now been stripped of their ability to force the government to pay more, er, “collectively bargain” with the government for financial gain in Wisconsin. Indeed, the Wisconsin Senate passed the legislation last night and it appears set for Scott Walker’s desk soon.
Bypassing Democrats hiding out in Illinois, Wisconsin Senate Republicans voted Wednesday night to strip state workers of their collective bargaining rights.
Republicans voted 18-1 to pass the stripped-down budget bill in a hastily arranged meeting. None of the Senate Democrats were present.
When I first heard this I jumped for joy. This has been a tedious, frustrating three weeks for both sides of the fight and to see the most controversial, but most needed portion of the bill finally make it through the Senate is a welcome event.
That said, we need to be VERY careful we don’t walk away from this just yet. In fact, the next stage of the fight might be even uglier.
Know your enemies, folks.
My big problem with this whole campaign is that neither candidate wants to claim a political party. The stakes are HUGE though, not only because of the possible case around Walker’s budge repair bill, but because this is a 10 year appointment. 2021, folks!!! That’s the next time you’ll be able to vote on who sits in this particular chair. Kloppenburg looks like the candidate for me (I didn’t vote in the primary… I had no idea!), but I’d like to hear what the rest of you think about this VERY IMPORTANT ELECTION.
Wisconsin holds elections for the State Supreme Court on April 5th, 2011. There should be little doubt the bill passed by the Wisconsin Senate will be challenged. This will likely place it before the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
I guarantee you our political enemies are aware of this and are working VERY hard to get a union supporting judge on the court.
We need to quickly begin spreading the message that the movement should be immediately involved in this election. Getting the bill through the Senate was just the first of many tests.
The Supreme Court is where it could all come to an end if we let them sneak through the backdoor of the legal system to beat us.