New Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker has proposed a bill to eliminate most union collective bargaining
rights along with pay cuts, and requirements to pay more of their own health insurance. Some 10,000 protesters are said to be inside the state capitol building today. Both Walker and Senate majority leader, Republican Scott Fitzgerald had angry protesters at their homes earlier this week. The street leading to the Governor’s home was eventually closed.
UPDATE: See a much different video showing signs with Scott Walker’s face covered by crosshairs, lot of “dictator” signs, Hitler, Mussolini and the state Democrat senator leader comparing Walker to Hitler.
Events in Wisconsin this week, though, are a sign of something new: No more apologies, no half-measures. Given the dire straits of budgets around the country, other state leaders may take similarly drastic steps with state workers, pensions and unions.
Labor leaders in the heavily unionized state of Wisconsin say if the state is successful in dampening collective bargaining rights there, it will spread to other Republican states quickly. SHAWSBLOG has the details of the Governor’s bill.
Wisconsin Union Protests (video)