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Walker says layoff notices will start Friday

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says he will start issuing layoff notices to state workers on Friday if his bill calling for them to pay more for their benefits and taking away collective bargaining rights isn’t passed by then.

Walker said in an interview Thursday with The Associated Press that he has to start this week so the state can achieve savings he envisioned under the bill starting in April. The layoffs wouldn’t take effect for 31 days and they could be revoked later.

Walker said he’s also negotiating with Senate Democrats to get them to return and vote on the bill. The 14 senators left town two weeks ago to avoid voting on the measure.

Walker said he won’t concede on the collective bargaining issue, but he may on others.

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  1. If he won’t concede on the collective bargaining issue, there is no reason for the Democrats to come back. They have a mafority of public support behind them. Walker has the Koch brothers. Haven’t seen them in WI yet!!

  2. Please Kathy,

    Walker has plenty of public support. This whole Koch brothers deal is a red herring. Grasping at straws.

    The Dems are putting up a show for the Unions. Once Ohio signs their reform next week the Democrats will return. They will be able to say they put up up a good fight and really, really need more money in the next electon cycle to be able to reverse it.

  3. Concerned Architect

    For look from the outside at Wisconsin, even ‘The Economist’ reports Walker goes too far with abolition of collective bargaining. If the public sector is to work more like the private sector, workers should have the same rights, such as the right to strike. The argument claiming that eliminating bargaining rights is necessary for the economy is simply fallacious, as researched by Policy Matters Ohio which reports that there is no correlation between the extent of collective bargaining with public-sector unions in a state and the size of its deficit. in 2010, the nine states that ban the practice altogether have budget shortfalls of 25% on average, compared to 24% in the 14 states that allow it for all public-sector employees. And in Wisconsin, after all, the unions have agreed to deep cuts. So can there really be an argument that unions are not willing to bargain? Simply put, union busting is intended to stop collective bargaining revenue from reaching opposition to fat funded Republican campaigns. Its all just dirty politics.

  4. It’s nice to characterize Republican campaigns as “fat funded” but the fact is that Democrats typically raise more $$$. Corporations and industry groups tend to hedge their bets by giving to both sides. Unions? Not so much.

  5. It is not by random chance that Republican governors in 28 states began their their terms with efforts to weaken or eliminate public union bargaining rights. It appears to be a Republican strategy on two fronts:
    A. to use “deficit reduction” as scare to get the electorate to elect them during the last election, thus getting control of state legislatures. State congressional redistricting will occur during this term and the Republicans can use their majority to insure state legislature control for the next 10 years through gerrymandering the district boundaries.

    B. Use the state deficit “scare” to hide their strategy to break the public sector unions, thereby compromising the Democrats ability to raise money for the upcoming Presidential election.

    Most states can balance their budgets by raising taxes on more wealthy citizens with little effect on job creation and recovery. But, increasing revenue is never talked about by any politician.

    My taxes would go up under my suggestion, but I am eager to do my part! Just ask!

  6. Steve,

    Please feel free to just send more money in to the government. I am sure they will be happy to receive it.

    At least the Democrats are not pandering to the unions for the sole purpose of maintaining the campaign cash cow generated by dues. Oh, wait…

  7. To: Irwin Fletcher
    This supposed “repair bill” and proposed budget bill are so overwhelmingly stacked against the working poor and middle class citizens it is unbelievable. Have you actually taken the time to read either bill?
    Walker’s first order of business once in office was to make sure to give tax breaks to corporations.
    The question I want an answer to is why he continues to protect the corporations and the wealthy, yet is stripping the middle class and poor of any possible benefit he can possibly come up with to undermine them and deny them the opportunity to live a decent life.
    Also, where is the job creation that was supposed to come about over the past 10 years because we continued Bush’s tax cuts to the wealthy and tax breaks to corporations? We were assured that if those tax breaks / cuts were provided, we would see private sector job creation and growth. Hello- where are the jobs??

  8. Kathy
    What about the poor and middle class that are forced by tax law to pay for these benefits ? Is it right that non union non government workers be forced to pay for the exclusive retirement and health care benefits that they themselves cannot afford for there own families? Should they be penalized because they dont belong to a union or work for the government?
    The unions are not the exclusive voice for the middle class people in Wisconsin , they are far from being the majority as well.

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