MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leader of the state’s largest public employee union says the workers are willing to make financial concessions to Gov. Scott Walker but will not give up their collective bargaining rights.
Thousands of people have descended on the state Capitol this week to protest a Walker bill that would require public workers pay more toward pensions and health insurance. The measure also would strip them of almost all their collective bargaining rights.
Wisconsin State Employees Union executive director Marty Beil has issued a statement saying the fight isn’t about money — public workers don’t expect to get rich — but their right to collectively bargain. He promised the protests will continue until Walker sits down with the unions. Walker so far has shown no signs of backing down.